Presto Configuration Options for YARN-Based Clusters

If you are using Ambari to install the Presto App package you can update the configuration properties from the Ambari Slider View UI. If you are using Slider to install Presto on YARN manually, you must edit the configuration files manually.

The appConfig.json and resources-[singlenode|mutlinode].json files are the two major configuration files you need to configure before you can get Presto running on YARN. Sample configuration options files for the Presto App package are available in the repository in the following directory:


The “default” values listed for the sections appConfig.json and resources.json are from presto-yarn-package/src/main/resources/appConfig.json and presto-yarn-package/src/main/resources/resources-multinode.json files respectively. These default values will be auto-populated on the Slider View UI for installation using Ambari Slider View. But you can modify the properties on the UI as per your requirements.

For manual installation using Slider, copy the presto-yarn-package/src/main/resources/appConfig.json and presto-yarn-package/src/main/resources/resources-[singlenode|multinode].json to a local file at a location where you are planning to run Slider. Name them as appConfig.json and resources.json. Update these sample json files with whatever configurations you want to have for Presto. If you are ok with the default values in the sample file you can just use them as-is.

Follow the steps here and configure the presto-yarn configuration files to match your cluster requirements. Optional ones are marked (optional). Please do not change any variables other than the ones listed below.


  1. (default - yarn): This is the user which will be launching the YARN application for Presto. So all the Slider commands (using bin/slider script) will be run as this user. Make sure that you have a HDFS home directory created for the app_user. Eg: for user yarn create /user/yarn with yarn user as an owner.
hdfs dfs -mkdir -p /user/yarn
hdfs dfs -chown yarn:yarn /user/yarn

Note: For operations involving Hive connector in Presto, especially INSERT, ALTER TABLE etc, it may require that the user running Presto has access to HDFS directories like Hive warehouse directories. So make sure that the app_user you set has appropriate access permissions to those HDFS directories. For eg: /apps/hive/warehouse is usually where Presto user will need access for various DML operations involving Hive connector and is owned by hdfs in most cases. In that case, one way to fix the permission issue is to set to user hdfs and also create /user/hdfs directory in HDFS if not already there (as above). You will also need to run any slider scripts(bin/slider) as user hdfs in this case.

  1. (default - hadoop): The group owning the application.
  2. (default - /var/lib/presto/data): This will be the data directory used by Presto. This directory configured should be pre-created on all nodes and must be owned by user yarn, otherwise slider will fail to start Presto with permission errors.
mkdir -p /var/lib/presto/data
chown -R yarn:hadoop /var/lib/presto/data
  1. (default - /var/lib/presto/etc): The configuration directory on the cluster where the Presto config files, jvm.config, and connector configuration files are deployed. These files will have configuration values created from templates presto-yarn-package/package/templates/*.j2 and other relevant appConfig.json parameters.

  2. (default - true): If set to true, the node used act as both coordinator and worker (singlenode mode). For multi-node set up, this should be set to false.

  3. (default - 50GB): This will be used as query.max-memory in Presto’s file.

  4. (default - 1GB): This will be used as query.max-memory-per-node in Presto’s file.

  5. (default - 8080): Presto server’s http port.

  6. (optional) (default - configures tpch connector): This property is used to configure connectors for Presto. The value of this should match the properties you would normally add in a file for Presto in a non-YARN based installation.

    It should be of the format (note the single quotes around each value) - {‘connector1’ : [‘key1=value1’, ‘key2=value2’..], ‘connector2’ : [‘key1=value1’, ‘key2=value2’..]..}. This will create files, for Presto with entries key1=value1 etc. For example to have for CDH Hive:

"": "{'hive': ['', 'hive.metastore.uri=thrift://${NN_HOST}:9083'], 'tpch': ['']}"

Note: The NN_HOST used in hive.metastore.uri is a variable for your HDFS Namenode and this expects that your hive metastore is up and running on your HDFS Namenode host. You do not have to replace that with your actual Namenode hostname. This variable will be substituted with your Namenode hostname during runtime. If you have hive metastore running elsewhere make sure you update NN_HOST with the appropriate hostname.

  1. (default - as in example below): This configures Presto jvm.config file and default heapsize is 1GB. Since Presto needs the jvm.config format to be a list of options, one per line, this property must be a String representation of list of strings. Each entry of this list will be a new line in your jvm.config. For example the configuration should look like:
"": "['-server', '-Xmx1024M', '-XX:+UseG1GC', '-XX:G1HeapRegionSize=32M', '-XX:+UseGCOverheadLimit', '-XX:+ExplicitGCInvokesConcurrent', '-XX:+HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError', '-XX:OnOutOfMemoryError=kill -9 %p']",
  1. This allows you to configure logging level in presto. Default value is “[‘com.facebook.presto=INFO’]” which is equivalent of the default logging level INFO. Since, presto needs the file to be a list of options, one per line, this property must be a String representation of list of strings. Each entry of this list will be a new line in your For example, below configuration will change the logging level to WARN for hive and will maintain the logging level of presto server to INFO.
"": "['com.facebook.presto.hive=WARN',
  1. and (optional) (default - None): Presto launched via Slider will use and created from templates presto-yarn-package/package/templates/*.j2 and presto-yarn-package/package/target/ respectively. If you want to add any additional properties to these configuration files, add and to your appConfig.json. The value of these has to be a string representation of an array of entries (key=value) that has to go to the .properties file. Eg:
 "['task.max-worker-threads=50', 'distributed-joins-enabled=true']"
  1. (optional) (default - None): This allows you to add any additional jars you want to copy to plugin presto-server-<version>/plugin/<connector> directory in addition to what is already available there. It should be of the format {‘connector1’ : [‘jar1’, ‘jar2’..], ‘connector2’ : [‘jar3’, ‘jar4’..]..}. This will copy jar1, jar2 to Presto plugin directory at plugin/connector1 directory and jar3, jar4 at plugin/connector2 directory. Make sure you have the plugin jars you want to add to Presto available at presto-yarn-package/src/main/slider/package/plugins/ prior to building the presto-yarn app package and thus the app package built presto-yarn-package-<version>-<presto-version>.zip will have the jars under package/plugins directory.
"": "{'ml': ['presto-ml-${presto.version}.jar']}",
  1. (optional) (default - presto-server-0.130) This value should be the name of the tar.gz file contained within the zip file produced by presto-yarn (in package/files/ within the zip). If you use a custom presto server distribution or anything other than the default presto-yarn package settings, please be sure to modify this.
  2. application.def For Slider users, when the command to install the presto package is run, the logs will explicitly tell the user which value to use for this parameter. Changing this is only required if you are using a custom built presto package.
  3. java_home (default - /usr/lib/jvm/java): Presto requires Java 1.8. So make jdk8 the default java or add it to java_home here
  4. Variables in appConfig.json like ${COORDINATOR_HOST}, ${AGENT_WORK_ROOT} etc. do not need any substitution and will be appropriately configured during runtime.


The configuration here can be added either globally (for COORDINATOR and WORKER) or for each component. See:

Advanced Configuration Options.

  1. yarn.vcores (default - 1): By default this is set globally.
  2. yarn.component.instances (default - 1 for COORDINATOR and 3 for WORKER): The multinode presto-yarn-package/src/main/resources/resources-multinode.json sample file is now configured for a 4 node cluster where there will be 1 coordinator and 3 workers with strict placement policy, meaning, there will be one component instance running on every node irrespective of failure history. If there are insufficient number of nodemanager nodes in your cluster to accomodate the number of workers requested, the application launch will fail. The number of workers could be number of nodemanagers in your cluster - 1, with 1 node reserved for the coordinator, if you want Presto to be on all YARN nodes. If you want to deploy Presto on a single node ( set to true), make sure you set 1 for the COORDINATOR and just not add the WORKER component section (Refer presto-yarn-package/src/main/resources/resources-singlenode.json). You can also just set yarn.component.instances to 0 for WORKER in this case.
  3. yarn.memory (default - 1500MB): The heapsize defined as -Xmx of in appConfig.json, is used by the Presto JVM itself. Slider suggests that the value of yarn.memory must be bigger than this heapsize. The value of yarn.memory MUST be bigger than the heap size allocated to any JVM and Slider suggests using atleast 50% more appears to work, though some experimentation will be needed.
  4. yarn.label.expression (optional) (default - coordinator for COORDINATOR and worker for WORKER``):

Now you are ready to deploy Presto on YARN either manually or by using Ambari.