Hadoop on your PC: Cloudera's CDH4 virtual machine

Hadoop on your PC: Cloudera's CDH4 virtual machine

Summary: Want to learn Hadoop without building your own cluster or paying for cloud resources? Then download Cloudera's Hadoop distro and run it in a virtual machine on your PC. I'll show you how.

TOPICS: Big Data

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  • To get to Hue, just open a browser on your own host PC (use Firefox or Chrome -- I had trouble with IE), and navigate to port 8888 at the IP address you just discovered.  For example, if the IP address were (as shown in the previous screen), you'd type the following into your browser's address bar:

    This will take you to the Hue login screen, pictured above.  Login using "cloudera" as both the user name and password.

  • After logging in to Hue, its browser-based user interface for Hive, called Beeswax, comes up by default.  Beeswax allows you to enter SQL (well, technically, HiveQL) queries and see the results.  You can also save queries, upload files, edit Hive's settings, or create user-defined functions.

  • Used to a file system GUI?  Don't feel like typing commands like "lsr" and "mkdir" at the shell prompt?  Never fear, because Hue's browser-based HDFS user interface is here.  Just click the file cabinet icon in Hue's toolbar to get there.

    Shown above is Hive's root folder.  Clicking on the "warehouse" link would let you view the files which are queryable as tables in Hive.

Topic: Big Data

Andrew Brust

About Andrew Brust

Andrew J. Brust has worked in the software industry for 25 years as a developer, consultant, entrepreneur and CTO, specializing in application development, databases and business intelligence technology.

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  • Looking for such option for quite some time.

    Thanks for providing this info.