Linux - Amazon Athena
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If you want use a Linux client computer to access Amazon Athena, the Amazon Athena ODBC driver is required.

Linux system requirements

Each Linux client computer where you install the driver must meet the following requirements.

  • You have root access.

  • Use one of the following Linux distributions:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 or 8

    • CentOS 7 or 8.

  • Have 100 MB of disk space available.

  • Use version 2.3.1 or later of unixODBC.

  • Use version 2.26 or later of the GNU C Library (glibc).

Installing the ODBC data connector on Linux

Use the following procedure to install the Amazon Athena ODBC driver on a Linux operating system.

To install the Amazon Athena ODBC driver on Linux
  1. Enter one of the following commands:

    sudo rpm -Uvh AmazonAthenaODBC-2.X.Y.Z.rpm


    sudo yum --nogpgcheck localinstall AmazonAthenaODBC-2.X.Y.Z.rpm
  2. After the installation finishes, enter one of the following commands to verify that the driver is installed:

    • yum list | grep amazon-athena-odbc-driver


      amazon-athena-odbc-driver.x86_64 installed
    • rpm -qa | grep amazon



Configuring a data source name on Linux

After the driver is installed, you can find example .odbc.ini and .odbcinst.ini files in the following location:

  • /opt/athena/odbc/ini/.

Use the .ini files in this location as examples for configuring the Amazon Athena ODBC driver and data source name (DSN).


By default, ODBC driver managers use the hidden configuration files .odbc.ini and .odbcinst.ini, which are located in the home directory.

To specify the path to the .odbc.ini and .odbcinst.ini files using unixODBC, perform the following steps.

To specify ODBC .ini file locations using unixODBC
  1. Set ODBCINI to the full path and file name of the odbc.ini file, as in the following example.

    export ODBCINI=/opt/athena/odbc/ini/odbc.ini
  2. Set ODBCSYSINI to the full path of the directory that contains the odbcinst.ini file, as in the following example.

    export ODBCSYSINI=/opt/athena/odbc/ini
  3. Enter the following command to verify that you are using the unixODBC driver manager and the correct odbc*.ini files:

    username % odbcinst -j

    Sample output

    unixODBC 2.3.1 DRIVERS............: /opt/athena/odbc/ini/odbcinst.ini SYSTEM DATA SOURCES: /opt/athena/odbc/ini/odbc.ini FILE DATA SOURCES..: /opt/athena/odbc/ini/ODBCDataSources USER DATA SOURCES..: /opt/athena/odbc/ini/odbc.ini SQLULEN Size.......: 8 SQLLEN Size........: 8 SQLSETPOSIROW Size.: 8
  4. If you want to use a data source name (DSN) to connect to your data store, configure the odbc.ini file to define data source names (DSNs). Set the properties in the odbc.ini file to create a DSN that specifies the connection information for your data store, as in the following example.

    [ODBC Data Sources] athena_odbc_test=Amazon Athena ODBC (x64) [ATHENA_WIDE_SETTINGS] # Special DSN-name to signal driver about logging configuration. LogLevel=0 # To enable ODBC driver logs, set this to 1. UseAwsLogger=0 # To enable AWS-SDK logs, set this to 1. LogPath=/opt/athena/odbc/logs/ # Path to store the log files. Permissions to the location are required. [athena_odbc_test] Driver=/opt/athena/odbc/lib/ AwsRegion=us-west-1 Workgroup=primary Catalog=AwsDataCatalog Schema=default AuthenticationType=IAM Credentials UID= PWD= S3OutputLocation=s3://DOC-EXAMPLE-BUCKET/
  5. Configure the odbcinst.ini file, as in the following example.

    [ODBC Drivers] Amazon Athena ODBC (x64)=Installed [Amazon Athena ODBC (x64)] Driver=/opt/athena/odbc/lib/ Setup=/opt/athena/odbc/lib/
  6. After you install and configure the Amazon Athena ODBC driver, use the unixODBC isql command-line tool to verify the connection, as in the following example.

    username % isql -v "athena_odbc_test" +---------------------------------------+ | Connected! | | | | sql-statement | | help [tablename] | | quit | | | +---------------------------------------+ SQL>