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 8
  • Maven 3.6.3 or greater

Docker based build environment

The script in the root of the project source builds and starts a preconfigured environment that contains all the tools needed to build Apache Drill from source.

This is known to work on Ubuntu 20.04 with Docker installed. On other systems your success may vary. On Redhat/CentOS based systems no longer have Docker.

Confirm settings

# java -version
java version "1.8.0_161"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_161-b12)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.161-b12, mixed mode)

# mvn --version
Apache Maven 3.6.3

Formatter Configuration

Setting up IDE formatters is recommended and can be done by importing the following settings into your browser. Formatter File


git clone


cd drill
mvn clean install -DskipTests

Build Quickly

This command works to build Drill in about 2 minutes for quick testing.

mvn install -T 4 -Dmaven.test.skip=true -Dmaven.javadoc.skip=true -Drat.skip=true -Dlicense.skip=true -Dcheckstyle.skip=true -Dfindbugs.skip=true -Denforcer.skip=true -DskipIfEmpty=true -Dmaven.compiler.optimize=true

Generate Dependency Report

mvn clean site

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 Documentation