Configure Kerberos for clients to Access Kerberized Kyuubi#


When Kyuubi is secured by Kerberos, the authentication procedure becomes a little complicated.


The graph above shows a simplified kerberos authentication procedure:

  1. Kerberos client sends user principal and secret key to KDC. Secret key can be a password or a keytab file.

  2. KDC returns a ticket-granting ticket(TGT).

  3. Kerberos client stores TGT into a ticket cache.

  4. JDBC client, such as beeline and BI tools, reads TGT from the ticket cache.

  5. JDBC client sends TGT and server principal to KDC.

  6. KDC returns a client-to-server ticket.

  7. JDBC client sends client-to-server ticket to Kyuubi server to prove its identity.

In the rest part of this page, we will describe steps needed to pass through this authentication.

Install Kerberos Client#

Usually, Kerberos client is installed as default. You can validate it using klist tool.

Linux command and output:

$ klist -V
Kerberos 5 version 1.15.1

MacOS command and output:

$ klist --version
klist (Heimdal 1.5.1apple1)
Copyright 1995-2011 Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
Send bug-reports to

Windows command and output:

> klist -V
Kerberos for Windows

If the client is not installed, you should install it ahead based on the OS platform.
We recommend you to install the MIT Kerberos Distribution as all commands in this guide is based on it.

Configure Kerberos Client#

Kerberos client needs a configuration file for tuning up the creation of Kerberos ticket cache. Following is the configuration file’s default location on different OS:

OS Path
Linux /etc/krb5.conf
MacOS /etc/krb5.conf
Windows %ProgramData%\MIT\Kerberos5\krb5.ini

You can use KRB5_CONFIG environment variable to overwrite the default location.

The configuration file should be configured to point to the same KDC as Kyuubi points to.

Get Kerberos TGT#

Execute kinit command to get TGT from KDC.

Suppose user principal is kyuubi_user@KYUUBI.APACHE.ORG and user keytab file name is kyuubi_user.keytab, the command should be:

$ kinit -kt kyuubi_user.keytab kyuubi_user@KYUUBI.APACHE.ORG

(Command is identical on different OS platform)

You may also execute kinit command with principal and password to get TGT:

$ kinit kyuubi_user@KYUUBI.APACHE.ORG
Password for kyuubi_user@KYUUBI.APACHE.ORG: password 

(Command is identical on different OS platform)

If the command executes successfully, TGT will be store in ticket cache.
Use klist command to print TGT info in ticket cache:

$ klist

Ticket cache: FILE:/tmp/krb5cc_1000
Default principal: kyuubi_user@KYUUBI.APACHE.ORG

Valid starting       Expires              Service principal
2021-12-13T18:44:58  2021-12-14T04:44:58  krbtgt/KYUUBI.APACHE.ORG@KYUUBI.APACHE.ORG
    renew until 2021-12-14T18:44:57
(Command is identical on different OS platform. Ticket cache location may be different.)

Ticket cache may have different storage type on different OS platform.

For example,

OS Default Ticket Cache Type and Location
Linux FILE:/tmp/krb5cc_%{uid}
MacOS KCM:%{uid}:%{gid}
Windows API:krb5cc

You can find your ticket cache type and location in the Ticket cache part of klist output.


  • Ensure your ticket cache type is FILE as JVM can only read ticket cache stored as file.

  • Do not store TGT into default ticket cache if you are running Kyuubi and execute kinit on the same host with the same OS user. The default ticket cache is already used by Kyuubi server.

Either because the default ticket cache is not a file, or because it is used by Kyuubi server, you should store ticket cache in another file location.
This can be achieved by specifying a file location with -c argument in kinit command.

For example,

$ kinit -c /tmp/krb5cc_beeline -kt kyuubi_user.keytab kyuubi_user@KYUUBI.APACHE.ORG

(Command is identical on different OS platform)

To check the ticket cache, specify the file location with -c argument in klist command.

For example,

$ klist -c /tmp/krb5cc_beeline

(Command is identical on different OS platform)

Add Kerberos Client Configuration File to JVM Search Path#

The JVM, which JDBC client is running on, also needs to read the Kerberos client configuration file. However, JVM uses different default locations from Kerberos client, and does not honour KRB5_CONFIG environment variable.

OS JVM Search Paths
Linux System scope: /etc/krb5.conf
MacOS User scope: $HOME/Library/Preferences/
System scope: /etc/krb5.conf
Windows User scoep: %USERPROFILE%\krb5.ini
System scope: %windir%\krb5.ini

You can use JVM system property,, to overwrite the default location.

Add Kerberos Ticket Cache to JVM Search Path#

JVM determines the ticket cache location in the following order:

  1. Path specified by KRB5CCNAME environment variable. Path must start with FILE:.

  2. /tmp/krb5cc_%{uid} on Unix-like OS, e.g. Linux, MacOS

  3. ${user.home}/krb5cc_${} if ${} is not null

  4. ${user.home}/krb5cc if ${} is null


  • ${user.home} and ${} are JVM system properties.

  • ${user.home} should be replaced with ${user.dir} if ${user.home} is null.

Ensure your ticket cache is stored as a file and put it in one of the above locations.

Ensure core-site.xml Exists in Classpath#

Like hadoop clients, should be set to KERBEROS in core-site.xml to let Hive JDBC driver use Kerberos authentication. core-site.xml should be placed under beeline’s classpath or BI tools’ classpath.


Here are the usual locations where core-site.xml should exist for different beeline distributions:

Client Location Note
Hive beeline $HADOOP_HOME/etc/hadoop Hive resolves $HADOOP_HOME and use $HADOOP_HOME/bin/hadoop command to launch beeline. $HADOOP_HOME/etc/hadoop is in hadoop command's classpath.
Spark beeline $HADOOP_CONF_DIR In $SPARK_HOME/conf/, $HADOOP_CONF_DIR often be set to the directory containing hadoop client configuration files.
Kyuubi beeline $HADOOP_CONF_DIR In $KYUUBI_HOME/conf/, $HADOOP_CONF_DIR often be set to the directory containing hadoop client configuration files.

If core-site.xml is not found in above locations, create one with the following content:


BI Tools#

As to BI tools, ways to add core-site.xml varies.
Take DBeaver as an example. We can add files to DBeaver’s classpath through its Global libraries preference.
As Global libraries only accepts jar files, you should package core-site.xml into a jar file.

$ jar -c -f core-site.jar core-site.xml

(Command is identical on different OS platform)

Connect with JDBC URL#

The last step is to connect to Kyuubi with the right JDBC URL.
The JDBC URL should be in format:

jdbc:hive2://<kyuubi_server_a ddress>:<kyuubi_server_port>/<db>;principal=<kyuubi_server_principal>


  • kyuubi_server_principal is the value of kyuubi.kinit.principal set in kyuubi-defaults.conf.

  • As a command line argument, JDBC URL should be quoted to avoid being split into 2 commands by “;”.

  • As to DBeaver, <db>;principal=<kyuubi_server_principal> should be set as the Database/Schema argument.