Hive ORCFile

The Optimized Row Columnar (ORC) file format provides a highly efficient way to store Hive data. It was added in Hive 0.11 to overcome limitations of the other Hive file formats.

For more information, see the official ORCFile documentation.


Data Science Studio can read & write ORCFiles. Most Hive data types are supported, including complex types (object, map & array).


  • The ORCFile format can only be used on HDFS connections.
  • Impala doesn’t support ORCFile. Consequently, you won’t be able to use the “Live processing” chart engine on ORCFile datasets.