How to Get the Presto CLI Tool

The Presto CLI provides a terminal-based interactive shell for running queries. The CLI is a self-executing JAR file, which means it acts like a normal executable.

CLI | Get started in 4 steps:

  1. Choose one of three ways to install it: 

If you use Docker, install the Ahana sandbox in Docker

If you have a Mac and use brew, simply run “brew install presto”

2. Download only the presto-cli tar file from (this will work on any OS that has java installed) 

Note that the first two options will install PrestoDB server as well.  All three options will give you the presto-cli executable jar client that you can use to connect to any Presto cluster – including Ahana Cloud for Presto of course.

3. Next check your Ahana Cloud console for the Presto cluster endpoint URL. You will find it in the Cluster Connection details:

Presto CLI

4. And now connect using that URL. Here’s an example that connects you to Ahana’s integrated querylog.

MacBook$ presto --server --schema public --catalog ahana_querylog
presto:public> select * from querylog;

      type      | cluster_name |           ts            | seq |    user     | query 
 queryCreated   | devtest      | 2020-09-22 13:03:32.000 |   1 | jamesmesney | show catalogs                                                                                                          
 queryCreated   | devtest      | 2020-09-22 13:03:54.000 |   3 | jamesmesney | use ahana_querylog                                                                                                     
 queryCreated   | devtest      | 2020-09-22 13:04:15.000 |   4 | jamesmesney | use ahana_hive                                                                                                         
 queryCreated   | devtest      | 2020-09-22 13:06:28.000 |   5 | jamesmesney | SHOW FUNCTIONS                                                                                                         
 queryCreated   | devtest      | 2020-09-22 13:15:13.000 |   8 | jamesmesney | show catalogs                                                                                                          
 queryCreated   | devtest      | 2020-09-22 13:15:19.000 |  10 | jamesmesney | use ahana_hive                                                                                                         
 queryCompleted | devtest      | 2020-09-22 13:15:19.000 |  11 | jamesmesney | use ahana_hive                                                                                                         
 queryCreated   | devtest      | 2020-09-22 13:15:20.000 |  13 | jamesmesney | SELECT table_name FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_schema = 'default'                                        

One more example to get you started with the integrated tpch data:

MacBook$ presto --schema sf1 --catalog tpch

presto:sf1> show tables;











(8 rows)

presto:sf1> select count(*) from orders where orderdate < date '2020-09-01';




(1 row)

If you have a Windows machine and have downloaded the presto cli jar file from and having trouble running it try this (replace ‘nnn’ with the your version):

c:\ java -jar presto-cli-0.nnn-executable.jar --server <host:port> --catalog <catalog_name> --schema <schema_name> --user <user_name> --<password>

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