Running HBase Java applications on Hortonworks Hadoop Sandbox 2.x with YARN

Running a Java HBase client in the Hortonworks Sandbox was not easy/intuitive as HBase is not enabled by default.

Code to smoke test connectivity

The below program acts as a smoke test for the connectivity to HBase

public class HBaseSmokeTest
public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException
Configuration conf = HBaseConfiguration.create();

System.out.println("---> zookeeper.znode.parent = " + conf.get("zookeeper.znode.parent"));
System.out.println("---> hbase.zookeeper.quorum = " + conf.get("hbase.zookeeper.quorum"));
System.out.println("---> HBaseConfiguration = " + conf);

HTable hTable = new HTable(conf, "ambarismoketest");

System.out.println("---> Table name = " + Bytes.toString(hTable.getTableName()));


  1. Jar up the generated class (using maven is of great help). Say the name of the jar is hadoop-examples-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar
  2. SCP the jar to /usr/lib/hadoop


  1. SSH to on port 2222
  2. cd /usr/lib/hadoop
  3. Run the command: yarn jar ./hadoop-examples-0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar com.aravind.learning.hadoop.hbase.HBaseSmokeTest


Issue 1

YARN doesn’t have HBase related jar files and HBase configuration (i.e. hbase-site.xml) in the classpath.

The first error you encounter would be a NoClassDefFoundError on one of the HBase API (e.g.  org.apache.hadoop.hbase.util.Bytes). The issue is that the HBase related jar’s are not in the classpath of YARN by default. Follow these steps to fix this

NoClassDefFoundError: /org/apache/hadoop/hbase/HBaseConfiguration


  1. Open /etc/hadoop/conf/ in edit mode
  2. Go to the location of export HADOOP_CLASSPATH
  3. Create two new env properties above that location of HADOOP_CLASSPATH: HBASE_LIBS=/usr/lib/hbase/lib/ and HBASE_CONF=/etc/hbase/conf/
  4. Add these two env properties to the HADOOP_CLASSPATH as shown below

Adding HBASE_CONF to the classpath is required so that hbase-site.xml is in the classpath.

Issue 2

ClusterId read in ZooKeeper is null.

Re-running the program after fixing issue 1 will result in the following error in the log file (Oddly logged at INFO level)

13/12/11 09:45:33 INFO zookeeper.ZooKeeper: Initiating client connection, connectString=localhost:2181 sessionTimeout=90000 watcher=hconnection-0x207f5580

13/12/11 09:45:33 INFO zookeeper.RecoverableZooKeeper: Process identifier=hconnection-0x207f5580 connecting to ZooKeeper ensemble=localhost:2181
13/12/11 09:45:33 INFO zookeeper.ClientCnxn: Opening socket connection to server localhost.localdomain/ Will not attempt to authenticate using SASL (java.lang.SecurityException: Unable to locate a login configuration)
13/12/11 09:45:33 INFO zookeeper.ClientCnxn: Socket connection established to localhost.localdomain/, initiating session
13/12/11 09:45:33 INFO zookeeper.ClientCnxn: Session establishment complete on server localhost.localdomain/, sessionid = 0x142e28373f3000c, negotiated timeout = 40000
13/12/11 09:45:33 INFO client.ZooKeeperRegistry: ClusterId read in ZooKeeper is null


The HBase clients will discover the running HBase cluster using the following two properties:

  1. hbase.zookeeper.quorum: is used to connect to the zookeeper cluster
  2. zookeeper.znode.parent. tells which znode keeps the data (and address for HMaster) for the cluster

The value of zookeeper.znode.parent in HBASE_CONF/hbase-site.xml is specified as /hbase-unsecure (see below) which is correct but for some reason (still trying to figure this out), the value being printed is /hbase. So currently I’ve overridden this programatically in the client program by adding the following line to the program

conf.set(“zookeeper.znode.parent”, “/hbase-unsecure”);

Re deploy the jar and re run the program.

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