How to build and run Apache Drill


Currently, the Apache Drill build process is known to work on Linux, Windows and OSX. To build, you need to have the following software installed on your system to successfully complete a build.

  • Java 7
  • Maven 3.x

Confirm settings

# java -version
java version "1.7.0_09"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_09-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.5-b02, mixed mode)

# mvn --version
Apache Maven 3.0.3 (r1075438; 2011-02-28 09:31:09-0800)


git clone


cd incubator-drill
mvn clean install

Explode tarball in installation directory

mkdir /opt/drill
tar xvzf distribution/target/*.tar.gz --strip=1 -C /opt/drill 

Start SQLLine (which starts Drill in embedded mode)

cd /opt/drill
bin/sqlline -u jdbc:drill:zk=local -n admin -p admin

Run a query

FROM cp.`employee.json`; 

More information

For more information including how to run a Apache Drill cluster, visit the Apache Drill Wiki