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I cannot see the Hive databases or tables once I terminate the cluster and use another cluster.

New Contributor II

I am using Databricks community edition for learning purposes.

I created some Hive-managed tables through spark sql as well as with df.saveAsTable options.

But when I connect to a new cluser,

"Show databases"

only returns the default database.

The database and tables I created with the previous cluster are not shown.

However when I run


it returns


and When I check the dbfs directory

%fs ls dbfs:/user/hive/warehouse

I see the databases and tables I created in other sessions. Am I missing anything or sparkSQL doesn't read the hive managed tables created in other clusters in commnunity edition?


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Esteemed Contributor III
Esteemed Contributor III

This is a limitation in CE.

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Esteemed Contributor III

can you see the database and tables in the web UI, "Data" in the menu on the left?

I cannot see databases and tables when no cluster is attached and when I attach a new cluster, I see only the default database.

But I can see previously created databases and tables using

%fs ls /user/hive/warehouse command.

It is not showing up in the data menu or using sparkSQL.

Esteemed Contributor III

Yes, but you mentioned you did thus by using the "show databases" command in a notebook.

I ask you to check using the Databricks Web UI.

It could be that Community Edition does not have this functionality though.

New Contributor II

I have the same problem, so it's the feather of CE ?

New Contributor III
New Contributor III


Yes, the databases created from one cluster cannot be accessed from another in CE. Even a restart of the same cluster would not show the databases/tables created before the restart.

Esteemed Contributor III
Esteemed Contributor III

This is a limitation in CE.

New Contributor II

This "feature" in the Community edition is based on the fact that I cannot restart a cluster. So, in the morning I create a cluster for studies purposes and in the afternoon I have to recreate the cluster.

If there's any dependent objects from previous labs I have to rerun the Notebooks and recreate them, but before I do it I have to drop all files and directories (tables) I had previously created.

Here's a tip if anyone needs:
1. List the Database directory (usually it will be dbfs:/user/hive/datawarehouse/)

2. Get the files Location from the previous output and list the files
f ='dbfs:/user/hive/warehouse')
3. Remove the files and directories so that you'll be able to rerun your Notebook to recreate the dependent tables to continue your labs.
%fs rm -r dbfs:/user/hive/warehouse/<replace_with_a_file_or_directory>/
Now you're good to go on recreating the tables and views.

New Contributor II

As the file still in the dbfs you can just recreate the reference of your tables and continue the work, with something like this:

db_name = "mydb"
from pathlib import Path
path_db = f"dbfs:/user/hive/warehouse/{db_name}.db/"
tables_dirs =
for d in tables_dirs:
  table_name = Path(d.path).name  
  spark.sql(f"""CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS {table_name}
            LOCATION '{d.path}'



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