HBase, a hadoop NoSQL database – Backup Process Explained

Hi Readers,

I am happy to post another blog post on how to take HBase backup of a HBase data/ tables in hortonworks sandbox 2.5.

Important:  You may get the following error in hbase shell.
ERROR: Can’t get master address from ZooKeeper; znode data == null
Just open ambari(Hortonworks Sandbox) / cloudera manager(Cloudera Sandbox) start the zookeeper service (or) HBase master to get rid of the above error.

I will help you to understand the different ways the backup can be taken for a HBase datasets.

Type 1 :


HBase has a utility called Export, which is used to export the data of the HBase table to plain sequence files in the HDFS folder. A map reduce job gets created which will call the hbase cluster to get the data from specified table and write it to the hdfs folder.

You can export data from HBase table to

  • Local File System: It just copies into my hdfs rather than my local file system. So, from hdfs i need to move the part-m-00000 to local file system.
  • HDFS- It just copies to my hdfs.
[root@sandbox ~]# hbase org.apache.hadoop.hbase.mapreduce.Export "person" "/jthiyaga/"

where person is the table name in hbase and jose is local file system directory.

2017-03-22 17:12:53,304 INFO [main] util.RegionSizeCalculator: Calculating region sizes for table "person".
2017-03-22 17:12:54,034 INFO [main] client.ConnectionManager$HConnectionImplementation: Closing master protocol: MasterService
2017-03-22 17:12:54,034 INFO [main] client.ConnectionManager$HConnectionImplementation: Closing zookeeper sessionid=0x15af6c30f1e0017
2017-03-22 17:12:54,041 INFO [main] zookeeper.ZooKeeper: Session: 0x15af6c30f1e0017 closed
2017-03-22 17:12:54,041 INFO [main-EventThread] zookeeper.ClientCnxn: EventThread shut down
2017-03-22 17:12:54,639 INFO [main] mapreduce.JobSubmitter: number of splits:1
2017-03-22 17:12:54,679 INFO [main] Configuration.deprecation: io.bytes.per.checksum is deprecated. Instead, use dfs.bytes-per-checksum
2017-03-22 17:12:55,331 INFO [main] mapreduce.JobSubmitter: Submitting tokens for job: job_1490198811520_0001
2017-03-22 17:12:59,111 INFO [main] impl.YarnClientImpl: Submitted application application_1490198811520_0001
2017-03-22 17:12:59,311 INFO [main] mapreduce.Job: The url to track the job: http://sandbox.hortonworks.com:8088/proxy/application_1490198811520_0001/
2017-03-22 17:12:59,316 INFO [main] mapreduce.Job: Running job: job_1490198811520_0001
2017-03-22 17:14:17,273 INFO [main] mapreduce.Job: Job job_1490198811520_0001 running in uber mode : false


You can also import the data from local filesystem. A map reduce job gets created which will call the import the data from hdfs folder to the existing hbase table.

[root@sandbox ~]# hbase org.apache.hadoop.hbase.mapreduce.Import "person" "/jthiyaga/"
2017-03-22 17:27:56,304 INFO [main] impl.TimelineClientImpl: Timeline service address: http://sandbox.hortonworks.com:8188/ws/v1/timeline/
2017-03-22 17:27:56,434 INFO [main] client.RMProxy: Connecting to ResourceManager at sandbox.hortonworks.com/
2017-03-22 17:27:56,776 INFO [main] client.AHSProxy: Connecting to Application History server at sandbox.hortonworks.com/
2017-03-22 17:28:06,379 INFO [main] input.FileInputFormat: Total input paths to process : 1
2017-03-22 17:28:06,605 INFO [main] mapreduce.JobSubmitter: number of splits:1
2017-03-22 17:28:07,507 INFO [main] mapreduce.JobSubmitter: Submitting tokens for job: job_1490198811520_0002
2017-03-22 17:28:09,156 INFO [main] impl.YarnClientImpl: Submitted application application_1490198811520_0002
2017-03-22 17:28:09,546 INFO [main] mapreduce.Job: The url to track the job: http://sandbox.hortonworks.com:8088/proxy/application_1490198811520_0002/
2017-03-22 17:28:09,551 INFO [main] mapreduce.Job: Running job: job_1490198811520_0002
2017-03-22 17:28:47,656 INFO [main] mapreduce.Job: Job job_1490198811520_0002 running in uber mode : false
2017-03-22 17:28:47,878 INFO [main] mapreduce.Job: map 0% reduce 0%
2017-03-22 17:29:11,169 INFO [main] mapreduce.Job: map 100% reduce 0

Type 2:


The copytable will directly write the data into an existing HBase table. This can be done in same cluster or a remote cluster.

Both cluster should be online in order to make this done.

[root@sandbox jthiyaga]# hbase org.apache.hadoop.hbase.mapreduce.CopyTable --new.name=personNew person

where person is existing table (with data) and personNew is a table which i have created. The copytable will copy data from person to personNew table. Behind the scenes a mapreduce job will run.

Type 3:


The above types needs the following:

  • a fast reliable network connection to connect the remote cluster.

You can also use Snapshots to have less performance impact on your cluster.

Type 4:

Cluster Shutdown

Simple, easy but not recommended type of HBase data backup. As you need to shutdown the HBase cluster to stop data write to the cluster.

Just open hbase-site.xml. The following shows your table and data are being saved at this location ‘hdfs dfs -ls /apps/hbase/data


The following shows the personNew table which i have imported using Import option.

[root@sandbox conf]# hdfs dfs -ls /apps/hbase/data/data/default
Found 6 items
drwxr-xr-x - hbase hdfs 0 2016-09-13 10:59 /apps/hbase/data/data/default/ATLAS_ENTITY_AUDIT_EVENTS
drwxr-xr-x - hbase hdfs 0 2017-03-20 16:16 /apps/hbase/data/data/default/MyStream
drwxr-xr-x - hbase hdfs 0 2016-09-13 10:59 /apps/hbase/data/data/default/atlas_titan
drwxr-xr-x - hbase hdfs 0 2016-09-13 11:09 /apps/hbase/data/data/default/iemployee
drwxr-xr-x - hbase hdfs 0 2017-03-20 17:27 /apps/hbase/data/data/default/person
drwxr-xr-x - hbase hdfs 0 2017-03-22 17:38 /apps/hbase/data/data/default/personNew
[root@sandbox conf]# hdfs dfs -ls /apps/hbase/data/data/default/personNew
Found 3 items
drwxr-xr-x - hbase hdfs 0 2017-03-22 17:38 /apps/hbase/data/data/default/personNew/.tabledesc
drwxr-xr-x - hbase hdfs 0 2017-03-22 17:38 /apps/hbase/data/data/default/personNew/.tmp
drwxr-xr-x - hbase hdfs 0 2017-03-22 17:38 /apps/hbase/data/data/default/personNew/59acfc94838d84a3f1810efaacda0da8

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Hbase, a hadoop NoSQL database-snapshot explained

Hi Readers,

I am happy to post another blog post on how to take HBase snapshot of a table in hortonworks sandbox 2.5.

I have created a table named ‘person’ in HBase.

hbase(main):032:0> list
1 row(s) in 0.080 seconds.

I use the scan command to show the data inside the person table.

hbase(main):033:0> scan 'person'
 1 column=location:, timestamp=1490028012845, value=Chennai
 1 column=name:, timestamp=1490027975127, value=Raj
 1 column=pincode:, timestamp=1490028023696, value=12341
 2 column=location:, timestamp=1490028131440, value=London
 2 column=name:, timestamp=1490028040307, value=Ajay
 2 column=pincode:, timestamp=1490028098868, value=9039
 3 column=location:, timestamp=1490028123508, value=Qwerty
 3 column=name:, timestamp=1490028074518, value=Anad
 3 column=pincode:, timestamp=1490028104978, value=329039
3 row(s) in 0.1230 seconds.

Now I will show how to take a snapshot.

In hbase-site.xml, hbase.snapshot.enabled value should be true.


In HBase shell type the following command  : snapshot ‘table_name’, ‘snapshot_name’

hbase(main):034:0> snapshot 'person', 'personSnapshot20032017'

Use the following command to list the snapshots:

hbase(main):034:0> list_snapshots
 MyStreamSnapshot-03202017 MyStream (Mon Mar 20 16:16:52 +0000 2017)
 personSnapshot20032017 person (Mon Mar 20 16:44:21 +0000 2017)
2 row(s) in 0.1680 seconds

=> ["MyStreamSnapshot-03202017", "personSnapshot20032017"]

You can also delete a snapshot using the following command: delete_snapshot ‘snapshot_name’

You can also clone a table from a snapshot: clone_snapshot ‘snapshot_name’, ‘table_name’.

The snapshot details can be found under this hdfs location




You have deleted a table in HBase (say) person table. You have the snapshot file.(type list_snapshots in hbase shell)

Just use the following command: restore_snapshot ‘snapshot_name’.

restore_snapshot 'personSnapshot20032017'. It will automatically restore the table_schema at that time.

What is a Snapshot?

A snapshot is a set of metadata information that allows an admin to get back to a previous state of the table. A snapshot is not a copy of the table; it’s just a list of file names and doesn’t copy the data.

Transfer snapshot from one cluster to another cluster:

The org.apache.hadoop.hbase.snapshot.ExportSnapshot tool copies all the data related to a snapshot (HFiles, logs, and snapshot metadata) to another cluster:

hbase class org.apache.hadoop.hbase.snapshot.ExportSnapshot -snapshot snapshot01082014 -copy-to hdfs:// -mappers 8 -bandwidth 100

The above command has eight map jobs which will run to export all snapshots to another cluster with a limiting bandwidth of 100 MB/s.

HBase CheatSheet:

Create a table – create ‘table_name’,’column_family’

  • List a table – list
  • View a table – scan table_name
  • Insert data – put ‘table_name’,’row1′,’column_name:’,’column_value’
  • Update data – use the above command but change the column value.
  • Select /Read data – get ‘table_name’,’row1′
  • delete a cell – delete ‘table_name’, ‘row1’, ‘column_name ’, ‘time stamp’
  • disable a table – disable ‘table_name’
  • drop a table – drop ‘table_name’
  • enable a table – enable ‘table_name’
  • describe a table – describe ‘table_name’
  • exists a table – exists ‘table_name’
  • count no.of rows in a table – count ‘table_name’
  • truncate a table – truncate ‘table_name’

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How can I check version of Hive, Pig, Hbase, Sqoop in Cloudera 4.3.0?

How can I check version of Hive, Pig, Hbase, Sqoop in Cloudera 4.3.0? by Jose Praveen

Answer by Jose Praveen:

I think you are using cloudera sandbox.

My solution would be

Open a terminal in the cloudera sandbox and type

cat /usr/lib/hadoop/cloudera/cdh_version.properties

You will get the cloudera package release version.

Check the release version in this link. By this you can get all the tools version details of your sandbox.

Hope this helps !!!!

How can I check version of Hive, Pig, Hbase, Sqoop in Cloudera 4.3.0?

Using map reduce to find max and min temperature for a data set – lab 1

Hi Readers,

I am happy to post another blog post on how to use map reduce to find Max and Min temperature of a data set.

I have a dataset (say temperaturedata.txt) file. I like to analyze the above data set using map reduce.

I have a written a map reduce program to find the max and min temp of the year.


I have a data set in my linux file system and I need to move that to hadoop file system.

hdfs dfs -copyFromLocal /home/cloudera/Downloads/temperaturedata.txt /jpraveen/temperaturedata.txt

Now the file is in hdfs directory i.e (hdfs dfs -ls /jpraveen/)

Now you need to convert your map reduce program into a jar file and run the jar file using the below command.

hadoop jar MaxMinTemp.jar  /jpraveen/temperaturedata.txt  ~/output1


Below code snippet in the main method of your program

 FileInputFormat.setInputPaths(job, new Path(args[0])) represents this value /jpraveen/temperaturedata.txt.
 FileOutputFormat.setOutputPath(job, new Path(args[1])) represents this value ~/output1.

JobClient.runJob(job) this will trigger the map reduce job to start.

Moreover you can also track the job status which you will get at the time of running the map reduce.


The output of the above job can seen using the below command or through file browser

hdfs dfs -cat /root/output1/part-00000 .



Couldn’t connect to host machine via Winscp – Cloudera Sandbox issue fixed.

Are you using VirtualBox to create a VM?

If so, you are good to read this stuff.

In cloudera vm, open terminal and type ifconfig to get the machine ip address to connect/ transfer files from local to cloudera vm.

If you are getting ip address like 10.x.x.x then you can’t connect your machine to cloudera vm via Winscp.

Turn off the VM.

Open the network setting of your vm.


Enable the network adapter with bridged adapter as the value for the ‘attached to’ list box.

Restart the VM.

It should work fine.