how to execute Cloudera Hadoop(CDH4) Quickstart VM(CentOS 6.2) in Windows with VMware workstation

In order to execute Cloudera Hadoop CDH4 VM in Windows , you need to download the quickstart VM from here according to your VM version(i.e VMware/VirtualBox/KVM). It requires a 64 bit host OS. This VM runs CentOS 6.2 and includes CDH4.3, Cloudera Manager 4.6, Cloudera Impala 1.0.1 and Cloudera Search .9 Beta.

For this demo, I have used VMware version of Cloudera Quickstart VM for running on Windows 8 64 bit host OS.

Few points to ponder:

  • This is a 64-bit VM, and requires a 64-bit host OS and a virtualization product that can support a
    64-bit guest OS.
  • This VM uses 4 GB of total RAM. The total system memory required varies depending on the size
    of your data set and on the other processes that are running.
  • The demo VM file is approximately 2 GB. Feel free to mirror internally or externally to minimize
    bandwidth usage.
  • To use the VMware VM, you must use a player compatible with WorkStation 8.x or higher: Player 4.x or higher, ESXi 5.x or higher, or Fusion 4.x or higher. Older versions of WorkStation can be used to create a new VM using the same virtual disk (VMDK file), but some features in VMware Tools won’t be available.
  • After downloading the Cloudera VM , extract it & select the virtual machine configuration (.vmx) file.


  • Open the .vmx file by vmware workstation & start the VM.

cloudera boot





  • To start work on hadoop console, click on hue & login with default Id ‘admin’ & password ‘admin’





  • Similarly, login to cloudera manager console with default user id ‘admin‘ & password ‘admin‘ in order to check hadoop cluster’s health.



  • You can check the hadoop namenode cluster details with summary along with namenode logs along with HDFS clusters.





  • Cloudera Hadoop (CDH4) VM contains inbuilt eclipse integrated with apache hadoop to write mapreduce jobs with ease.



  • Once you open the eclipse integrated with hadoop, a default MapReduce java project is available which runs on Java SE 1.6



About Anindita
Anindita Basak is working as Big Data Cloud Consultant in Microsoft. Worked in multiple MNCs as Developer & Senior Developer on Microsoft Azure, Data Platform, IoT & BI , Data Visualization, Data warehousing & ETL & of course in Hadoop platform.She played both as FTE & v- employee in Azure platform teams of Microsoft.Passionate about .NET , Java, Python & Data Science. She is also an active Big Data & Cloud Trainer & would love share her experience in IT Training Industry. She is an author, forum contributor, blogger & technical reviewer of various books on Big Data Hadoop, HDInsight, IoT & Data Science, SQL Server PDW & PowerBI.

6 Responses to how to execute Cloudera Hadoop(CDH4) Quickstart VM(CentOS 6.2) in Windows with VMware workstation

  1. romaintech says:

    Nice blog post and great description!

    For information, the Job Tracker and Namenode have a much nicer interface in the Hue Job Browser and File Browser apps. Some screenshots are on the official website:!

  2. abhisg2007 says:

    Hi Anindita,

    I am very new to Hadoop and I don’t have any idea how to install the Cloudera QuickStart VM on my windows 8.0.

    Can you please let me know what all the things required for installation as I am not aware about VMWare Workstations and all.

    This will be great help from your side If you send me the step by steps.


  3. shafitrumboo says:

    Hi Anindita,

    Thanks for your post!
    I’m .net Guy with 8 yearsexp. but will not hesitate to learn other technologies that fits best for any concept. It will be appreciated if you can help me how I can start working on Hadoop.As I found Hdinsight , Cloudera etc. Can you help me in choosing the platform.

    • imcuteani says:


      Thanks for the comment.

      As you mentioned , as .net developer , you must be aware of Azure platform , in the sense to start with, the best product would be Azure HDInsight which hortonworks hdp installed in Windows server 2012 cluster. It’s a pre-configured hadoop platform on windows.

      Also, if you would like to play with real-world usecases on hortonworks sandbox, you can try hdp sandbox for vmware/hyper-v, Download :

      If you are bit confident with linux(preferably, ubuntu , go ahead with cloudera CDH)..
      After a confidence on hadoop, try using apache -hadoop cluster in ubuntu (installation & configuration).

      Hope this helps.


  4. Smita Bajaj says:

    Hi Anindita,
    I am trying to launch quickstart VM CDH5.4.0 but it boots to a blank page and I am not sure of the solution.

    I have checked that Virtualization is enabled in BIOS settings.
    I have tried using VMware workstation as well but the result is the same.

    Can you help me resolve this please ?


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