How To Install Apache Hadoop on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Apache Hadoop on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Apache Hadoop on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache Hadoop is an open-source software framework written in Java for distributed storage and distribution process, it handles very large size of data sets by distributing it across computer clusters. 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 through the step by step installation Apache Hadoop on an Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus server.

Install Apache Hadoop on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Installing Java (OpenJDK).

Since Hadoop is based on java, make sure you have Java JDK installed on the system. If you don’t have Java installed on your system, use the following link to install it first.

Step 3. Installing Apache Hadoop.

To avoid security issues, we recommend to set up a new Hadoop user group and user account to deal with all Hadoop related activities, following command:

After creating user, it also required to set up key-based ssh to its own account. To do this use execute following commands:

Download the latest stable version of Apache Hadoop, At the moment of writing this article it is version 2.8.1:

Step 4. Configure Apache Hadoop.

Setup Hadoop environment variables. Edit ~/.bashrc file and append following values at end of the file:

Apply environmental variables to current running session:

Now edit $HADOOP_HOME/etc/hadoop/ file and set JAVA_HOME environment variable:

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

Edit core-site.xml:

Edit hdfs-site.xml:

Edit mapred-site.xml:

Edit yarn-site.xml:

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

Start all hadoop services use the following command:

You should observe the output to ascertain that it tries to start datanode on slave nodes one by one. To check if all services are started well use ‘jps‘ command:

Step 5. Accessing Apache Hadoop.

Apache Hadoop will be available on HTTP port 8088 and port 50070 by default. Open your favourite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip:50070. If you are using a firewall, please open port 8088 and 50070 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Apache Hadoop. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Apache Hadoop on Ubuntu 16.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Apache Hadoop website.

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