Starburst Enterprise (Trino)

Applies from version 2022.2

A Starburst Enterprise data source can be added to Alation as Custom DB using the Trino JDBC driver.

Scope of Support

  • Kerberos authentication
    • Keytab

  • Metadata extraction (MDE)

  • Data sampling and profiling

  • Query log ingestion (QLI)

  • Compose


Before you add a Starburst Enterprise data source to Alation, make sure the required ports are open, create a service account for Alation, add the required driver to the Alation server, and configure Kerberos on the Alation server if your data source is kerberized.

Open Ports

The following ports must be open:
  • 8080

  • 7778—This port must be open if using Kerberos authentication.

Create Service Account

Create a service account for Alation to use for MDE, sampling, profiling, and QLI.

For QLI, the service account must have the admin rights for the system.runtime.queries table.

Add the Trino JDBC Driver to Alation Server

To add the Trino JDBC driver to the Alation server:

  1. Place the Trino JDBC driver to a directory on the Alation host, for example, /tmp.


    You can request the driver for version 380-e LTS (trino-jdbc-380.jar) from Starburst Support or request a download from the Starburst archive. See JDBC driver in Starburst documentation for more details.

  2. Move the driver to the custom_drivers directory on the Alation server at /opt/alation/alation-<version>/data1/site_data/custom_drivers/ (the path is given outside of the Alation chroot). Substitute <version> with the Alation version you find in this path. This will make the driver accessible in the Alation chroot.

Alation restart is not required after adding the driver.

Configure Kerberos Authentication

If you are using Kerberos authentication with your Starburst Enterprise data source, configure Kerberos on the Alation server. You will need to add the files krb5.conf, trino-keystore.jks, and <service_account_user>.keytab to the Alation server.

To configure Kerberos for your Starburst Enterprise data source:

  1. Copy the files krb5.conf, trino-keystore.jks, and <service_account_user>.keytab onto the Alation host, for example, to the /tmp directory.

  2. Move the files inside the Alation chroot:

    • Move trino-keystore.jks and <service_account_user>.keytab to /opt/alation/alation-<version>/data1/tmp (path is given outside of the Alation shell). Substitute <version> with the Alation version you find in this path.

    • Move the krb5.conf file to /opt/alation/alation-<version>/data1/site_data/ (path is given outside of the Alation shell). Substitute <version> with the Alation version you find in this path.

  3. Enter the Alation shell:

    sudo /etc/init.d/alation shell
  4. Run the following actions to copy and deploy the configuration:

    alation_action copy_krb5_conf
    alation_action deploy_conf_kerberos
  5. Restart Alation:

    alation_action restart_alation
  6. Check that the configuration values are now stored in altion_conf.

    alation_conf kerberos

You can leave the shell session open for now as there will be one more configuration step on the server backend after you add your data source to Alation. If you prefer to close the session for now, exit the shell.


Step 1: Add a New Data Source

In Alation, add a new data source:

  1. Log in to Alation as a Server Admin.

  2. Expand the Apps menu on the right of the main toolbar and select Sources.

  3. On the Sources page, click +Add on the top right of the page and in the list that opens, click Data Source. This will open the Add a Data Source wizard.

  4. On the first screen of the wizard, specify a name for your data source, assign more Data Source Admins, if necessary, and click the Continue Setup button on the bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Set up the Connection

Fill in the information on the Add a Data Source screen of the wizard:

  • Database TypeCustom DB

  • JDBC URI—URI in the required format. See Build the JDBC URI below.

  • Select Driver—Select the Trino JDBC driver for Starburst Enterprise from the drop-down list: io.trino.jdbc.TrinoDriver.trino.jdbc.380

  • Use Kerberos—If using Kerberos authentication, select the Use Kerberos checkbox.

Click Save and Continue. The next wizard screen—Set Up a Service Account—will open.

Build the JDBC URI

Basic authentication


Kerberos authentication

Include the following parameters:

  • KerberosRemoteServiceName—The Kerberos service name you are using for this connection.

  • KerberosKeytabPath—Path to the service account keytab file on the Alation server: /data1/tmp/<service_account_user>.keytab.

  • KerberosUseCanonicalHostname=false

  • KerberosPrincipal—The Kerberos principal name you are using for this connection.

  • SSLTrustStorePath—Path to the truststore file on the Alation server: /data1/tmp/trino-keystore.jks.

  • SSLTrustStorePassword—Truststore password.


Step 3: Enter the Service Account Credentials

  1. On the Set Up a Service Account screen of the wizard, select Yes under Have you already created a Service Account with all required permissions?

  2. Under Provide your Service Account credentials, specify the username and the password of the service account.

  3. Click Save and Continue. The next wizard screen—Configure Your Data Source—will open.

Step 4: Go to Settings

On the Configure Your Data Source screen, click Skip this Step. You will be navigated to the Settings page of your new data source.

Step 5: Populate the Access Tab

On the Access tab, specify the privacy settings for the data source and give access to users.

Step 6: Verify General Settings

On the General Settings tab of the Settings page, verify your connection information and upload the keytab file:

  1. If using Kerberos authentication, under Network Connection > Kerberos Settings, check that the Enable Kerberos Authentication checkbox is selected.

  2. If using Kerberos authentication, under Network Connection > Service Account, select the Use Keytab checkbox and upload the <service_account_user>.keytab file.


    The configuration for this data source requires uploading the keytab file in the user interface again even though it was already added on the backend of the Alation server.

  3. Under Network Connection, click Test to test connectivity to the database.

  4. Under Network Connection > Service Account, click Test to test the connection with the service account.

After you have verified the connection, you can perform metadata extraction, sampling and profiling, and QLI.

Metadata Extraction

Enable Presto Parser

For your data source, enable the Presto parser grammar on the Alation server before performing extraction.

  1. Find your data source ID. See How to Find Data Source ID for more information.

  2. On the Alation server, enter the Alation shell.

    sudo /etc/init.d/alation shell
  3. Change the user to alation.

    sudo su alation
  4. Go to the directory /opt/alation/django.

    cd /opt/alation/django
  5. Run a one-off script from this directory to enable Presto parser grammar for your Starburst data source, substituting <id> with the data source ID.

    python -m rosemeta.one_off_scripts.assign_customdb_parser_dbtype -ds_id <id> -parser_dbtype presto
  6. Exit from the user alation.

  7. Exit from the Alation shell.


Perform Metadata Extraction

To perform metadata extraction:

  1. Go to the Custom Settings tab of the Settings page and set the Catalog Object Definition to Catalog.Schema.Table.

  2. Go to the Metadata Extraction tab and configure and perform metadata extraction. Refer to Metadata Extraction From Custom DB for details.

Sampling and Profiling

You can configure sampling and profiling on the Per-Object Parameters and Data Sampling tabs of the data source settings page:

Query Log Ingestion

Refer to SQL Query QLI.

Query-Based QLI

If using query-based QLI, specify the following query on the Query Log Ingestion tab:

    user AS userName,
    query AS queryString,
    source AS defaultDatabases,
    False AS sessionId,
    created AS sessionStartTime,
    started AS startTime,
    False AS cancelled,
    date_diff('second',"started", "end") AS secondsTaken,
    query_id AS sequence
FROM system.runtime.queries
    WHERE state ='FINISHED'
    AND started between timestamp 'STARTTIME1' and timestamp 'STARTTIME2'
ORDER BY sessionId, startTime


To query your Starburst Enterprise data source in Compose:

  • Authenticate in Compose with your Starburst Enterprise credentials.

  • Use the Catalog.Schema.Table format for writing queries.


When writing the CREATE SCHEMA queries, include the data source location. The location can either be on Amazon S3 or HDFS, for example:

CREATE SCHEMA IF NOT EXISTS test_presto_profiling
  WITH (location = 's3://tf-altion-test-starburst-bucket/al/profiling');


Log location:

You can access most logs from inside the Alation chroot at /opt/alation/site/logs.

Logs to review:

  • Logs related to MDE: taskserver.log, taskserver_err.log.

  • Logs related to Compose: connector.log, connector_err.log.

  • Other errors: alation-error.log, alation-debug.log.