How To Install Apache Hadoop on CentOS 8

Install Apache Hadoop on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache Hadoop on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Hadoop is an open-source framework used for distributed storage as well as distributed processing of big data on clusters of computers that run on commodity hardware. Rather than rely on hardware to deliver high availability, the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly-available service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Apache Hadoop on a CentOS 8 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Apache Hadoop on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Java.

Apache Hadoop is written in Java and supports only Java version 8. You can install OpenJDK 8 using the following command:

sudo dnf install java-1.8.0-openjdk ant

Check the Java version:

java -version

Step 3. Installing Apache Hadoop CentOS 8.

It is recommended to create a normal user to configure Apache Hadoop, create a user using the following command:

useradd hadoop
passwd hadoop

Next, we will need to configure passwordless SSH authentication for the local system:

su - hadoop
ssh-keygen -t rsa
cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
chmod 640 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

Verify the password-less ssh configuration with the command:

ssh localhost

Next steps, download the latest stable version of Apache Hadoop, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3.2.1:

wget http://apachemirror.wuchna.com/hadoop/common/hadoop-3.2.1/hadoop-3.2.1.tar.gz
tar -xvzf hadoop-3.2.1.tar.gz
mv hadoop-3.2.1 hadoop

Then, you will need to configure Hadoop and Java Environment Variables on your system:

nano ~/.bashrc
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk-
export HADOOP_HOME=/home/hadoop/hadoop
export HADOOP_OPTS="-Djava.library.path=$HADOOP_HOME/lib/native"

Now we activate the environment variables with the following command:

source ~/.bashrc

Next, open the Hadoop environment variable file:

nano $HADOOP_HOME/etc/hadoop/hadoop-env.sh
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk-

Hadoop has many configuration files, which need to configure as per the requirements of your Hadoop infrastructure. Let’s start with the configuration with a basic Hadoop single node cluster setup:

cd $HADOOP_HOME/etc/hadoop

Edit core-site.xml:


Create the namenode and datanode directories under hadoop user home /home/hadoop directory:

mkdir -p ~/hadoopdata/hdfs/{namenode,datanode}

Edit hdfs-site.xml:




Edit mapred-site.xml:


Edit yarn-site.xml:


Now format namenode using the following command, do not forget to check the storage directory:

hdfs namenode -format

Start both NameNode and DataNode daemons by using the scripts provided by Hadoop:


Step 4. Configure Firewall.

Run the following command to allow Apache Hadoop connections through the firewall:

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=9870/tcp
firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=8088/tcp
firewall-cmd --reload

Step 5. Accessing Apache Hadoop.

Apache Hadoop will be available on HTTP port 9870 and port 50070 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com:9870 or http://your-server-ip:9870.

Install Apache Hadoop on CentOS 8

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache Hadoop. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Hadoop on CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Apache Hadoop website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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