What is Impala?

Impala is a modern, open source, MPP SQL query engine for Apache Hadoop. Impala is shipped by Cloudera, MapR, and Amazon. With Impala, you can query data, whether stored in HDFS or Apache HBase – including SELECT, JOIN, and aggregate functions – in real time.
Impala is a tool in the Big Data Tools category of a tech stack.
Impala is an open source tool with 2.2K GitHub stars and 824 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Impala's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Impala?

Companies
15 companies use Impala in their tech stacks, including 37 Signals, Stripe, and Expedia.com.

Developers
5 developers use Impala.

Impala Integrations

Why developers like Impala?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Impala
Top Reasons

Impala's features

  • Do BI-style Queries on Hadoop
  • Unify Your Infrastructure
  • Implement Quickly
  • Count on Enterprise-class Security
  • Retain Freedom from Lock-in
  • Expand the Hadoop User-verse

Impala Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Impala?
Apache Spark
Spark is a fast and general processing engine compatible with Hadoop data. It can run in Hadoop clusters through YARN or Spark's standalone mode, and it can process data in HDFS, HBase, Cassandra, Hive, and any Hadoop InputFormat. It is designed to perform both batch processing (similar to MapReduce) and new workloads like streaming, interactive queries, and machine learning.
Apache Flink
Apache Flink is an open source system for fast and versatile data analytics in clusters. Flink supports batch and streaming analytics, in one system. Analytical programs can be written in concise and elegant APIs in Java and Scala.
Amazon Athena
Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to manage, and you pay only for the queries that you run.
Druid
Druid is a distributed, column-oriented, real-time analytics data store that is commonly used to power exploratory dashboards in multi-tenant environments. Druid excels as a data warehousing solution for fast aggregate queries on petabyte sized data sets. Druid supports a variety of flexible filters, exact calculations, approximate algorithms, and other useful calculations.
Presto
Presto is an open source distributed SQL query engine for running interactive analytic queries against data sources of all sizes ranging from gigabytes to petabytes.
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