Running Hadoop MapReduce Application from Eclipse Kepler

Its very important to learn hadoop by pracitce.

One of the learning curve is how to write first map reduce app and debug in favorite IDE Eclipse? Do we need any Eclipse plugins? No, we do not. We can do haooop development without map reduce plugins

This tutorial will show you how to setup eclipse and run you map reduce project and MapReduce job right from IDE. Before you read further, you should have setup Hadoop single node cluster and your machine.

You can download the eclipse project from GitHub

Use Case:

We will explore the weather data to find maximum temperature from Tom White’s book Hadoop: Definitive Guide (3rd edition) Chapter 2 and run it using ToolRunner

I am using linux mint 15 on VirtualBox VM instance.

In addition,you should have

  1. Hadoop (MRV1 am using 1.2.1) Single Node Cluster Installed and Running, If you have not done so, would strongly recommend you do it from here 
  2. Download Eclipse IDE, as of writing this, latest version of Eclipse is Kepler

1.Create New Java Project


2.Add Dependencies JARs

Right click on project properties and select Java build path

add all jars from $HADOOP_HOME/lib and $HADOOP_HOME (where hadoop core and tools jar lives)



3. Create Mapper

package com.letsdobigdata;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Mapper;
public class MaxTemperatureMapper extends
 Mapper<LongWritable, Text, Text, IntWritable> {
private static final int MISSING = 9999;
 public void map(LongWritable key, Text value, Context context)
 throws IOException, InterruptedException {
String line = value.toString();
 String year = line.substring(15, 19);
 int airTemperature;
 if (line.charAt(87) == '+') { // parseInt doesn't like leading plus
 // signs
 airTemperature = Integer.parseInt(line.substring(88, 92));
 } else {
 airTemperature = Integer.parseInt(line.substring(87, 92));
 String quality = line.substring(92, 93);
 if (airTemperature != MISSING && quality.matches("[01459]")) {
 context.write(new Text(year), new IntWritable(airTemperature));

4. Create Reducer

package com.letsdobigdata;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Reducer;
public class MaxTemperatureReducer
extends Reducer<Text, IntWritable, Text, IntWritable> {
public void reduce(Text key, Iterable<IntWritable> values,
 Context context)
 throws IOException, InterruptedException {

 int maxValue = Integer.MIN_VALUE;
 for (IntWritable value : values) {
 maxValue = Math.max(maxValue, value.get());
 context.write(key, new IntWritable(maxValue));

5. Create Driver for MapReduce Job

Map Reduce job is executed by useful hadoop utility class ToolRunner

package com.letsdobigdata;

import org.apache.hadoop.conf.Configured;
import org.apache.hadoop.fs.Path;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Job;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.input.FileInputFormat;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.output.FileOutputFormat;
import org.apache.hadoop.util.Tool;
import org.apache.hadoop.util.ToolRunner;
/*This class is responsible for running map reduce job*/
public class MaxTemperatureDriver extends Configured implements Tool{
public int run(String[] args) throws Exception

 if(args.length !=2) {
 System.err.println("Usage: MaxTemperatureDriver <input path> <outputpath>");

 Job job = new Job();
 job.setJobName("Max Temperature");

 FileInputFormat.addInputPath(job, new Path(args[0]));
 FileOutputFormat.setOutputPath(job,new Path(args[1]));



 System.exit(job.waitForCompletion(true) ? 0:1); 
 boolean success = job.waitForCompletion(true);
 return success ? 0 : 1;
public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
 MaxTemperatureDriver driver = new MaxTemperatureDriver();
 int exitCode =, args);

6. Supply Input and Output

We need to supply input file that will be used during Map phase and the final output will be generated in output directory by Reduct task. Edit Run Configuration and supply command line arguments. sample.txt reside in the project root.  Your project explorer should contain following



7.Map Reduce Job Execution


8. Final Output

If you managed to come this far, Once the job is complete, it will create output directory with _SUCCESS and part_nnnnn , double click to view it in eclipse editor and you will see we have supplied 5 rows of weather data (downloaded from NCDC  weather) and we wanted to find out the maximum temperature in a given year from input file and the output will contain 2 rows with max temperature in (Centigrade) for each supplied year

1949 111 (11.1 C)
1950 22 (2.2 C)


Make sure you delete the output directory next time running your application else you will get an error from Hadoop saying directory already exists.

Happy Hadooping!



  1. Hey! I followed the steps but it didn’t seems to be working! I guess I have messed it up somewhere. While writing the code, the import statement is not listing the classes under*

    I have configured Hadoop 2.2.0 on my system.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  2. Hi, I follow these steps in this article and everything seem pretty good. But I find that every time I run the job in eclipse, jobid seems to be a little bad. jobid: job_local_0001, and I cannot find the job info on http://master:9001.

      1. Thanks for your kindly reply. I have tried to run hadoop command to check job status and receive the message “Could not find job job_local_0001”. I also check the log file and there is no log file related to my job. It seems like the job does not run on the cluster. But, when I make a jar file and use $HADOOP_HOME/bin hadoop jar command , I can find job info through http://master:9001 and jobid seems to be normal.

  3. i am not getting DFS location ,i am getting error like localhost/ failed on connection exception :connection refused:no further information …..
    i blocked windows firewall also still i am getting error please help me..

    1. Hi Ramesh,

      Thanks for going over this

      Whats your core-site.xml looks like

      Usually it would be something like below
      The name of the default file system.

      also make sure your namenode is formatted and you can start your namenode on you local machine


  4. I think I’m missing something fundamental here wrt running jobs in hadoop/hdfs vs eclipse. I’m running this example and WordCount on Hadoop 2.2

    When I run a mapper/reducer it always looks for the input/output on the hdfs file system, though you seem to be using eclipse local files/dirs. Similarly it seems to want my java class to exist in a jar on the hadoop classpath. ie hadoop can’t ‘see’ the mapper/reducer classes at runtime when running from eclipse, only when I run as command line : “hadoop jar jarname.jar javaclassname /inputdir /outputdir”. Any insights are appreciated

    1. Hi Sean,

      Yes, I have used the local filesystem to run the example

      you can set the to hdfs for e.g

      Configuration conf = getConf();
      conf.set(“”, “hdfs:///localhost.localdomain:8020/”);

      you can package your map reduce program in jar and add it to the CLASSPATH for e.g

      export HADOOP_CLASSPATH=hadoop-examples.jar
      % hadoop MaxTemperature input/ncdc/sample.txt output where MaxTemperature is the name of driver class (has main() method)


      1. Thanks Hardik. This does however seem a little tedious to have to jar up each time you change and run a MR class. How does one quickly develop and unit test a new MR class?

      2. Yes, you are right. Ideally you could use maven project to quickly take care of deployment logistics and unit test your code

  5. I have hadoop 2.2 in my system. i get an exception like
    Error: java.lang.RuntimeException: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: Class com.mindtree.hadoopstuff.MyMapper1 not found
    at org.apache.hadoop.conf.Configuration.getClass(
    at org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.task.JobContextImpl.getMapperClass(
    at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.MapTask.runNewMapper(
    at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.YarnChild$
    at Method)
    at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.YarnChild.main(
    Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: Class com.mindtree.hadoopstuff.MyMapper1 not found
    at org.apache.hadoop.conf.Configuration.getClassByName(
    at org.apache.hadoop.conf.Configuration.getClass(
    … 8 more

    whereas i have the mapper class in the project. i even tried by adding mapper nad reducer as a runnable jar, but i get same exception.
    Thanks in advance

    1. i dont have idea about what type of input text file has been given as argument.. help me if you have any idea releted this exception / error.

      Exception in thread “main” java.lang.VerifyError: Bad type on operand stack
      Exception Details:
      org/apache/hadoop/mapred/JobTrackerInstrumentation.create(Lorg/apache/hadoop/mapred/JobTracker;Lorg/apache/hadoop/mapred/JobConf;)Lorg/apache/hadoop/mapred/JobTrackerInstrumentation; @5: invokestatic
      Type ‘org/apache/hadoop/metrics2/lib/DefaultMetricsSystem’ (current frame, stack[2]) is not assignable to ‘org/apache/hadoop/metrics2/MetricsSystem’
      Current Frame:
      bci: @5
      flags: { }
      locals: { ‘org/apache/hadoop/mapred/JobTracker’, ‘org/apache/hadoop/mapred/JobConf’ }
      stack: { ‘org/apache/hadoop/mapred/JobTracker’, ‘org/apache/hadoop/mapred/JobConf’, ‘org/apache/hadoop/metrics2/lib/DefaultMetricsSystem’ }
      0000000: 2a2b b200 03b8 0004 b0

      at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.LocalJobRunner.(
      at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.JobClient.init(
      at org.apache.hadoop.mapred.JobClient.(
      at org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Job$
      at Method)
      at org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Job.connect(
      at org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Job.submit(
      at org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Job.waitForCompletion(
      at com.letsdobigdata.MaxTemperatureDriver.main(

    1. You can package your MapReduce program in jar and run from hadoop/bin directory – folllowing is straight from hadoop documentation


      Runs a jar file. Users can bundle their Map Reduce code in a jar file and execute it using this command.

      Usage: hadoop jar [mainClass] args…

  6. Hi, Can you please provide sample “sample.txt” input data file. Since I have no clue what data to be passed in this example. I am new to hadoop and trying out some sample programs to run. Thanks in advance.


  7. good explanation. will it be always local job when run in eclipse even with arguments pointing to hdfs like hdfs://localhost:9000/input.txt hdfs://localhost:9000/output? I couldnt find this availble in Resource manager or job history when directly run in eclipse than exporting as jar and running in terminal..

  8. hey please can anyone help me on this i get a error saying, can anyone help me resolving this

    Exception in thread “main” java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: org.apache.commons.cli.OptionBuilder.withArgPattern(Ljava/lang/String;I)Lorg/apache/commons/cli/OptionBuilder;
    at org.apache.hadoop.util.GenericOptionsParser.buildGeneralOptions(
    at org.apache.hadoop.util.GenericOptionsParser.parseGeneralOptions(
    at org.apache.hadoop.util.GenericOptionsParser.(
    at org.apache.hadoop.util.GenericOptionsParser.(
    at com.letsdobigdata.MaxTemperatureDriver.main(

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