Supported Characters

The Cask Data Application Platform (CDAP) has different naming conventions for different entities in CDAP. We distinguish these different character sets, and note which entities use them:

Alphanumeric Character Set

This is the basic character set that all entities support:

  • Alphanumeric characters (a-z A-Z 0-9)

Alphanumeric Extended Character Set

Namespace IDs can use an alphanumeric extended character set:

  • Alphanumeric characters (a-z A-Z 0-9)
  • Underscores (_)

Alphanumeric Extra Extended Character Set

Except as noted on this page, all other CDAP entities (such as streams, datasets, flows, apps, plugins) support an alphanumeric extra extended character set:

  • Alphanumeric characters (a-z A-Z 0-9)
  • Hyphens (-)
  • Underscores (_)

Note that streams and datasets whose names begin with an underscore (_) will not be visible in the home page of the CDAP UI, though they will be visible elsewhere in the CDAP UI.

Dataset Character Set (Deprecated)

In earlier versions of CDAP, Dataset names used the alphanumeric extra extended character set, plus periods:

  • Alphanumeric characters (a-z A-Z 0-9)
  • Hyphens (-)
  • Periods (.)
  • Underscores (_)

We recommend that instead you use the Alphanumeric Extra Extended Character Set, as support for this may be removed in the future.

Hive Limitation and Conversion

Hive 0.12 only supports the alphanumeric extended character set: alphanumeric characters (a-z A-Z 0-9) and underscores (_).

As a consequence, any hyphens in stream names and any hyphens or periods in dataset names will be converted to underscores while creating Hive tables.


  • The streams

    • my-ingest
    • my_ingest

    will both be converted to stream_my_ingest

  • The datasets

    • my-dataset
    • my_dataset
    • my.dataset

    will all be converted to dataset_my_dataset

Names should be carefully constructed to avoid any collisions as a result of conversion.

Note that if you configure the Hive table name using the property (see Data Exploration), then the value of that property is used literally; that is, no prefix is added and no character conversion takes place.