This is the documentation for Cloudera 5.4.x. Documentation for other versions is available at Cloudera Documentation.

Cloudera QuickStart VM

Cloudera Quickstart virtual machines (VMs) include everything you need to try CDH, Cloudera Manager, Cloudera Impala, and Cloudera Search.

The VM uses a package-based install. This allows you to work with or without Cloudera Manager. Parcels do not work with the VM unless you first migrate your CDH installation to use parcels. On your production systems, Cloudera recommends that you use parcels.


  • These 64-bit VMs require a 64-bit host OS and a virtualization product that can support a 64-bit guest OS.
  • To use a VMware VM, you must use a player compatible with WorkStation 8.x or higher:
    • Player 4.x or higher
    • 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 are not available.

  • The amount of RAM required by the VM and the file size vary according to the CDH version:
    CDH and Cloudera Manager Version RAM Required by VM
    CDH 5 4+ GB*
    CDH 5 and Cloudera Manager 5 8+ GB*
    CDH 4, Cloudera Impala, Cloudera Search, and Cloudera Manager 4 4 GB

    *Minimum recommended memory. If you are running workloads larger than the examples provided, consider allocating additional memory.

Downloading a Cloudera QuickStart VM

Cloudera QuickStart VMs are available as Zip archives in VMware, KVM, and VirtualBox formats. Cloudera recommends that you use 7-Zip to extract these files, when possible. (7-Zip performs well with large files.) To download the latest VM in the required format, see Cloudera QuickStart VM Download.

Installed Products

For information on using the products installed with the VM, see QuickStart VM Products and Services.

Splash Screen

When you start the VM, a browser is automatically opened to Hue, a user interface for Hadoop and many other tools in CDH. The credentials are:
  • username: cloudera
  • password: cloudera

The browser has bookmarks for directly interacting with many tools. Command-line tools are also available.

  Note: Not all services are started by default.