Users and Accounts

Qubole identifies a user by means of an email address. In the QDS UI, you can see the email address of the current user by clicking on the profile icon at the far right of the top menu bar.

A new user can sign up  on the Qubole website using an email address. You can either enter this address directly or authorize Qubole to obtain it from a provider such as Google. An existing user can also invite a new user to use Qubole using the new user’s email address. See Managing Users for more information on adding new users.

Each user can be a member of one or more accounts. All non-trivial user actions (such as creating a table, running a command, importing or exporting data or even looking up older commands) are done in the context of an account. Here is some important information about accounts:

  • As a user, you can create a free account on the New Account page (click the plus sign on the My Accounts page in the Control Panel). Qubole may reasonably restrict the number of free accounts that you can be associated with.
  • While creating an account, you must provide credentials that allow Qubole to orchestrate Cloud-provider resources on behalf of the account; for example, AWS credentials to read S3 buckets (Storage Credentials) and to launch instances in EC2 (Compute Credentials).
  • Each account has one or more admin users. The user who created an account is an administrator by default.
  • Administrators can invite more users by sending invitations to their email addresses. Similarly, they can remove users or change the administrative status of users from the Manage Users page in the Control Panel. See Managing Users for more information.
  • Each account has a distinct Hive warehouse and a common default clusters that are used for running user queries and background jobs.

QDS users with multiple accounts can see only the current account; this appears near the top-right corner of each page. You can use the drop-down list to switch between accounts. See Managing Your Accounts for more information.

For API access using tokens, you must use tokens specific to a particular account. Manage tokens on the My Accounts page in the Control Panel; see Managing Your Accounts.