Before configuring the master and slave nodes, it’s important to understand the different components of a Hadoop cluster.


A master node keeps knowledge about the distributed file system, like the inode table on an ext3 filesystem, and schedules resources allocation. node-master will handle this role in this guide, and host two daemons:


  • The NameNode: manages the distributed file system and knows where stored data blocks inside the cluster are.
  • The ResourceManager: manages the YARN jobs and takes care of scheduling and executing processes on slave nodes.


Slave nodes store the actual data and provide processing power to run the jobs. They’ll be node1 and node2, and will host two daemons:


  • The DataNode manages the actual data physically stored on the node; it’s named, NameNode.
  • The NodeManager manages execution of tasks on the node.


Configure the System


Create Host File on Each Node

For each node to communicate with its names, edit the /etc/hosts file to add the IP address of the three servers. Don’t forget to replace the sample IP with your IP:


/etc/hosts    node-master    node1    node2


Distribute Authentication Key-pairs for the Hadoop User


Create Host File on Each Node

The master node will use an ssh-connection to connect to other nodes with key-pair authentication, to manage the cluster.

1. Login to node-master as the hadoop user, and generate an ssh-key:

ssh-keygen -b 4096


2. Copy the key to the other nodes. It’s good practice to also copy the key to the node-master itself, so that you can also use it as a DataNode if needed. Type the following commands, and enter the hadoop user’s password when asked. If you are prompted whether or not to add the key to known hosts, enter yes:

ssh-copy-id -i $HOME/.ssh/ hadoop@node-master
ssh-copy-id -i $HOME/.ssh/ hadoop@node1
ssh-copy-id -i $HOME/.ssh/ hadoop@node2


Download and Unpack Hadoop Binaries


Login to node-master as the hadoop user, download the Hadoop tarball from Hadoop project page, and unzip it:

tar -xzf hadoop-2.8.1.tar.gz
mv hadoop-2.8.1 hadoop


Set Environment Variables


Add Hadoop binaries to your PATH. Edit /home/hadoop/.profile and add the following line:




Configure the Master Node


Configuration will be done on node-master and replicated to other nodes.




1. Get your Java installation path. If you installed open-jdk from your package manager, you can get the path with the command:

update-alternatives --display java


Take the value of the current link and remove the trailing /bin/java. For example on Debian, the link is /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java, so JAVA_HOME should be /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre.

If you installed java from Oracle, JAVA_HOME is the path where you unzipped the java archive.


2. Edit ~/hadoop/etc/hadoop/ and replace this line:



with your actual java installation path. For example on a Debian with open-jdk-8:



export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre


Set NameNode Location


On each node update ~/hadoop/etc/hadoop/core-site.xml you want to set the NameNode location to node-master on port 9000:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="configuration.xsl"?>

Take the value of the current link and remove the trailing /bin/java. For example on Debian, the link is /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java, so JAVA_HOME should be /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre.


Set path for HDFS


On each node update ~/hadoop/etc/hadoop/core-site.xml you want to set the NameNode location to node-master on port 9000:

Edit hdfs-site.conf:




The last property, dfs.replication, indicates how many times data is replicated in the cluster. You can set 2 to have all the data duplicated on the two nodes. Don’t enter a value higher than the actual number of slave nodes.


Set YARN as Job Scheduler


1. In ~/hadoop/etc/hadoop/, rename mapred-site.xml.template to mapred-site.xml:

Edit hdfs-site.conf:

cd ~/hadoop/etc/hadoop
mv mapred-site.xml.template mapred-site.xml

2. Edit the file, setting yarn as the default framework for MapReduce operations:




Configure YARN


Edit yarn-site.xml:






Configure Slaves


The file slaves is used by startup scripts to start required daemons on all nodes. Edit ~/hadoop/etc/hadoop/slaves to be:



Configure Memory Allocation

Memory allocation can be tricky on low RAM nodes because default values are not suitable for nodes with less than 8GB of RAM. This section will highlight how memory allocation works for MapReduce jobs, and provide a sample configuration for 2GB RAM nodes.


The Memory Allocation Properties

A YARN job is executed with two kind of resources:

  • An Application Master (AM) is responsible for monitoring the application and coordinating distributed executors in the cluster.
  • Some executors that are created by the AM actually run the job. For a MapReduce jobs, they’ll perform map or reduce operation, in parallel.

Both are run in containers on slave nodes. Each slave node runs a NodeManager daemon that’s responsible for container creation on the node. The whole cluster is managed by a ResourceManager that schedules container allocation on all the slave-nodes, depending on capacity requirements and current charge.


Four types of resource allocations need to be configured properly for the cluster to work. These are:


1. How much memory can be allocated for YARN containers on a single node. This limit should be higher than all the others; otherwise, container allocation will be rejected and applications will fail. However, it should not be the entire amount of RAM on the node.


This value is configured in yarn-site.xml with yarn.nodemanager.resource.memory-mb.


2. How much memory a single container can consume and the minimum memory allocation allowed. A container will never be bigger than the maximum, or else allocation will fail and will always be allocated as a multiple of the minimum amount of RAM.


Those values are configured in yarn-site.xml with yarn.scheduler.maximum-allocation-mb and yarn.scheduler.minimum-allocation-mb.


3. How much memory will be allocated to the ApplicationMaster. This is a constant value that should fit in the container maximum size.


This is configured in mapred-site.xml with


4. How much memory will be allocated to each map or reduce operation. This should be less than the maximum size.


This is configured in mapred-site.xml with properties and mapreduce.reduce.memory.mb.


Duplicate Config Files on Each Node

1. Copy the hadoop binaries to slave nodes:

cd /home/hadoop/
scp hadoop-*.tar.gz node1:/home/hadoop
scp hadoop-*.tar.gz node2:/home/hadoop


2. Connect to node1 via ssh. A password isn’t required, thanks to the ssh keys copied above:

ssh node1


3. Unzip the binaries, rename the directory, and exit node1 to get back on the node-master:

tar -xzf hadoop-2.8.1.tar.gz
mv hadoop-2.8.1 hadoop


4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for node2.


5. Copy the Hadoop configuration files to the slave nodes:

for node in node1 node2; do
    scp ~/hadoop/etc/hadoop/* $node:/home/hadoop/hadoop/etc/hadoop/;


Format HDFS

HDFS needs to be formatted like any classical file system. On node-master, run the following command:

hdfs namenode -format


Your Hadoop installation is now configured and ready to run.


Run and monitor HDFS

This section will walk through starting HDFS on NameNode and DataNodes, and monitoring that everything is properly working and interacting with HDFS data.


Start and Stop HDFS


1. Start the HDFS by running the following script from node-master:

It’ll start NameNode and SecondaryNameNode on node-master, and DataNode on node1 and node2, according to the configuration in the slaves config file.


2. Check that every process is running with the jps command on each node. You should get on node-master (PID will be different):

21922 Jps
21603 NameNode
21787 SecondaryNameNode

and on node1 and node2:

19728 DataNode
19819 Jps


3. To stop HDFS on master and slave nodes, run the following command from node-master:


Monitor your HDFS Cluster

1. You can get useful information about running your HDFS cluster with the hdfs dfsadmin command. Try for example:

hdfs dfsadmin -report

This will print information (e.g., capacity and usage) for all running DataNodes. To get the description of all available commands, type:

hdfs dfsadmin -help


2. You can also automatically use the friendlier web user interface. Point your browser to http://node-master-IP:50070 and you’ll get a user-friendly monitoring console.


Put and Get Data to HDFS

Writing and reading to HDFS is done with command hdfs dfs. First, manually create your home directory. All other commands will use a path relative to this default home directory:

hdfs dfs -mkdir -p /user/hadoop

There are many commands to manage your HDFS. For a complete list, use the following:

hdfs dfs -help



HDFS is a distributed storage system, it doesn’t provide any services for running and scheduling tasks in the cluster. This is the role of the YARN framework. The following section is about starting, monitoring, and submitting jobs to YARN.


Start and Stop YARN

1. Start YARN with the script:


2. Check that everything is running with the jps command. In addition to the previous HDFS daemon, you should see a ResourceManager on node-master, and a NodeManager on node1 and node2.


3. To stop YARN, run the following command on node-master:


Monitor YARN

1. The yarn command provides utilities to manage your YARN cluster. You can also print a report of running nodes with the command:

yarn node -list

Similarly, you can get a list of running applications with the command:

yarn application -list

To get all available parameters of the yarn command, see Apache YARN documentation.


2. As with HDFS, YARN provides a friendlier web UI, started by default on port 8088 of the Resource Manager. Point your browser to http://node-master-IP:8088 and browse the UI.


Submit MapReduce Jobs to YARN


Yarn jobs are packaged into jar files and submitted to YARN for execution with the command yarn jar. The Hadoop installation package provides sample applications that can be run to test your cluster. You’ll use them to run a word count on the three books previously uploaded to HDFS.


1. Submit a job with the sample jar to YARN. On node-master, run:

yarn jar ~/hadoop/share/hadoop/mapreduce/hadoop-mapreduce-examples-2.8.1.jar wordcount "books/*" output

The last argument is where the output of the job will be saved - in HDFS.


2. After the job is finished, you can get the result by querying HDFS with hdfs dfs -ls output. In case of a success, the output will resemble:

Found 2 items
-rw-r--r--   1 hadoop supergroup          0 2017-10-11 14:09 output/_SUCCESS
-rw-r--r--   1 hadoop supergroup     269158 2017-10-11 14:09 output/part-r-00000

Print the result with:

hdfs dfs -cat output/part-r-00000


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