Simple Steps to Install Hadoop 2.8.x on Ubuntu

1. Objective

This article explains how to install Hadoop 2.8.x on Ubuntu in simple steps. Moreover, we will deploy Hadoop on the single node cluster on Ubuntu Linux. We will also enable YARN on the cluster while installation.

Steps to Install Hadoop 2.8.x. on Ubuntu

2. Hadoop Overview  

Hadoop is a framework for running distributed computing programs. It comprises of HDFS and Map Reduce (Programming framework).

The user can run only the MapReduce program in the earlier versions of Hadoop. Therefore, it was fit for batch processing computations.

The YARN provides API for requesting and allocating resource in the cluster. So the YARN is available in later versions of Hadoop 2. Hence, the API facilitates application program to process large-scale data of HDFS.

3. Prerequisites

  • Hardware requirement- The machine must have 4GB RAM and minimum 60 GB hard disk for better performance.
  • Check java version- It is recommended to install Oracle Java 8. If you are not aware of Java installation, follow this Java 8 installation tutorial. The user can check the version of java with below command.
$ java -version

4. Easy Steps to install Hadoop 2.8.x. on Ubuntu

Lets now discuss the steps to install Hadoop 2.8.x single node cluster on Ubuntu-

4.1. Setup passwordless ssh

a) Install Open SSH Server and Open SSH Client

We will now setup the passwordless ssh client with the following command.

sudo apt-get install openssh-server openssh-client

Install Open SSH Server and Open SSH Client

b) Generate Public & Private Key Pairs

ssh-keygen -t rsa -P ""

The terminal will prompt the user for entering the file name. Press enter and proceed. The location of a file will be in the home directory. Moreover, the extension will be the .ssh file.

c) Configure password-less SSH

The below command will add the public ssh-key to authorized_keys. Moreover, it will configure the passwordless ssh.

cat $HOME/.ssh/ >> $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys

Configure password-less SSH

d) Now verify the working of password-less ssh

As we type the “ssh localhost” it will prompt us to connect with it. Type ‘yes’ and press enter to proceed.

e) Now install rsync with command

$ sudo apt-get install rsync

install rsync

4.2. Configure and Setup Hadoop

a) Download the Hadoop package 2.8.x

Use the link given below to download the Hadoop 2.8.x from Apache mirrors.

b) Untar the Tarball

Then we will extract the Hadoop into the home directory

tar xzf hadoop-2.8.2.tar.gz

Untar the Tarball

4.3. Setup Configuration

We can add only the minimum property in the Hadoop configuration. The user can add more properties to it.

a) Setting Up the environment variables

  • Edit .bashrc- Edit the bashrc and therefore add hadoop in a path:
nano bash.bashrc

And add the following path variables in it

export HADOOP_HOME=/home/hduser/hadoop-2.8.2

Edit .bashrc

  • Source .bashrc in current login session in terminal
source ~/.bashrc

b) Hadoop configuration file changes

  • Edit

Edit file which is in etc/hadoop inside the Hadoop installation directory. The user can set JAVA_HOME:

export JAVA_HOME=<root directory of Java-installation> (eg: /usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.8.0_151/)


  • Edit core-site.xml

Edit the core-site.xml with “nano core-site.xml”. The file is in the etc/hadoop inside Hadoop directory. Then we will add following entries.


Edit core-site.xml

Then we will edit the hdfs-site.xml with “nano hdfs-site.xml”. This file is actually located in etc/hadoop inside Hadoop installation directory. We will add the following entries:           

  • Edit hdfs-site.xml

Edit hdfs-site.xml

  • Edit mapred-site.xml

We will create a copy of mapred-site.xml from mapred-site.xml.template using cp command (cp mapred-site.xml.template mapred-site.xml). Now edit the mapred-site.xml with “nano command”. This file is also located in etc/hadoop inside Hadoop directory. We will copy the file with same name mapred-site.xml. This will add following entries:


Edit mapred-site.xml

  • Edit yarn-site.xml

We will now edit yarn-site.xml with “nano yarn-site.xml”. It is in etc/hadoop inside Hadoop installation directory. Finally we add following entries:


Edit yarn-site.xml file.

4.4. Start the cluster

We will now start the single node cluster with the following commands.

a) Format the namenode

Moreover, we will format the namenode before using it the first time.

hdfs namenode -format

 Format the namenode

b) Start the HDFS

We will start the hadoop cluster using the hadoop start-up script.

Start the HDFS

c) Starting the YARN services

For starting the YARN we use

 Starting the YARN services

d) Verify if all process started

6775 DataNode
7209 ResourceManager
7017 SecondaryNameNode
6651 NameNode
7339 NodeManager
7663 Jps

Verify if all process started

e) Web interface-For viewing Web UI of NameNode

visit : (http://localhost:50070)

Web interface-For viewing Web UI of NameNode

f) Resource Manager UI  (http://localhost:8088)

The web interface will display all running jobs on cluster information. Hence, this will help monitor the progress report.

Resource Manager UI (http://localhost:8088)

4.5. Stopping the clusters

To Stop the HDFS Services we use To Stop YARN Services we use

Stopping the clusters

You have successfully installed Hadoop 2.8.x on Ubuntu. Now you can play with big data using Hadoop HDFS commands.

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