LATERAL VIEW clause

Used in conjunction with generator functions such as EXPLODE, which generates a virtual table containing one or more rows. LATERAL VIEW applies the rows to each original output row.

Syntax

LATERAL VIEW [ OUTER ] generator_function ( expression [ , ... ] ) [ table_alias ] AS column_alias [ , ... ]

Parameters

  • OUTER

    If OUTER specified, returns null if an input array/map is empty or null.

  • generator_function

    A generator function (EXPLODE, INLINE, etc.).

  • table_alias

    The alias for generator_function, which is optional.

  • column_alias

    Lists the column aliases of generator_function, which may be used in output rows. We may have multiple aliases if generator_function have multiple output columns.

Examples

CREATE TABLE person (id INT, name STRING, age INT, class INT, address STRING);
INSERT INTO person VALUES
    (100, 'John', 30, 1, 'Street 1'),
    (200, 'Mary', NULL, 1, 'Street 2'),
    (300, 'Mike', 80, 3, 'Street 3'),
    (400, 'Dan', 50, 4, 'Street 4');

SELECT * FROM person
    LATERAL VIEW EXPLODE(ARRAY(30, 60)) tabelName AS c_age
    LATERAL VIEW EXPLODE(ARRAY(40, 80)) AS d_age;
+------+-------+-------+--------+-----------+--------+--------+
|  id  | name  |  age  | class  |  address  | c_age  | d_age  |
+------+-------+-------+--------+-----------+--------+--------+
| 100  | John  | 30    | 1      | Street 1  | 30     | 40     |
| 100  | John  | 30    | 1      | Street 1  | 30     | 80     |
| 100  | John  | 30    | 1      | Street 1  | 60     | 40     |
| 100  | John  | 30    | 1      | Street 1  | 60     | 80     |
| 200  | Mary  | NULL  | 1      | Street 2  | 30     | 40     |
| 200  | Mary  | NULL  | 1      | Street 2  | 30     | 80     |
| 200  | Mary  | NULL  | 1      | Street 2  | 60     | 40     |
| 200  | Mary  | NULL  | 1      | Street 2  | 60     | 80     |
| 300  | Mike  | 80    | 3      | Street 3  | 30     | 40     |
| 300  | Mike  | 80    | 3      | Street 3  | 30     | 80     |
| 300  | Mike  | 80    | 3      | Street 3  | 60     | 40     |
| 300  | Mike  | 80    | 3      | Street 3  | 60     | 80     |
| 400  | Dan   | 50    | 4      | Street 4  | 30     | 40     |
| 400  | Dan   | 50    | 4      | Street 4  | 30     | 80     |
| 400  | Dan   | 50    | 4      | Street 4  | 60     | 40     |
| 400  | Dan   | 50    | 4      | Street 4  | 60     | 80     |
+------+-------+-------+--------+-----------+--------+--------+

SELECT c_age, COUNT(1) FROM person
    LATERAL VIEW EXPLODE(ARRAY(30, 60)) AS c_age
    LATERAL VIEW EXPLODE(ARRAY(40, 80)) AS d_age
GROUP BY c_age;
+--------+-----------+
| c_age  | count(1)  |
+--------+-----------+
| 60     | 8         |
| 30     | 8         |
+--------+-----------+

SELECT * FROM person
    LATERAL VIEW EXPLODE(ARRAY()) tabelName AS c_age;
+-----+-------+------+--------+----------+--------+
| id  | name  | age  | class  | address  | c_age  |
+-----+-------+------+--------+----------+--------+
+-----+-------+------+--------+----------+--------+

SELECT * FROM person
    LATERAL VIEW OUTER EXPLODE(ARRAY()) tabelName AS c_age;
+------+-------+-------+--------+-----------+--------+
|  id  | name  |  age  | class  |  address  | c_age  |
+------+-------+-------+--------+-----------+--------+
| 100  | John  | 30    | 1      | Street 1  | NULL   |
| 200  | Mary  | NULL  | 1      | Street 2  | NULL   |
| 300  | Mike  | 80    | 3      | Street 3  | NULL   |
| 400  | Dan   | 50    | 4      | Street 4  | NULL   |
+------+-------+-------+--------+-----------+--------+