Presto: The Definitive Guide

Presto: The Definitive Guide


What a tremendous ride it has been so far! Looking back at the time when we started the Presto project at Facebook in 2012, we certainly thought that we were going to create something useful. We always planned to have a successful open source project and community, and we released Presto in 2013 under the Apache License.

How far Presto has come since then, however, is beyond what we imagined. We are proud of the project community’s accomplishments, but, more importantly, we are very humbled by all the positive feedback and help we have received.

Presto has grown tremendously and provided a lot of value to its large community of users. You can find fellow Presto community members across the globe, and developers in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

Launching the Presto Software Foundation in early 2019 was another major milestone. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to the advancement of the Presto open source distributed SQL engine. The foundation is committed to ensuring that the project remains open, collaborative, and independent for decades to come.

Now, about one year after the launch of the foundation, we can look back at an accelerated rate of impressive contributions from a larger community.

We are pleased that Matt, Manfred, and Martin created this book about Presto with the help of O’Reilly. It provides a great introduction to Presto and teaches you everything you need to know to start using it successfully.

Enjoy the journey into the depths of Presto and the related world of business intelligence, reporting, dashboard creation, data warehousing, data mining, machine learning, and beyond.

Of course, make sure to dive into the additional resources and help we offer on the Presto website at, the community chat, the source repository, and beyond.


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