QuickStart VMs for CDH 4.6.x

A Single-Node Hadoop Cluster and Examples for Easy Learning!

Start testing Hadoop with Cloudera's QuickStart VMs. The QuickStart VMs contain a single-node Apache Hadoop cluster, complete with example data, queries, scripts, and Cloudera Manager to manage your cluster.

The VMs run CentOS 6.2 and are available for VMware, VirtualBox, and KVM.

All require a 64-bit host OS.

Please Note: Cloudera QuickStart VMs are for demo purposes only and are not to be used as a starting point for clusters.

Please Note: For the best experience, use of a Download Manager is highly recommended!


PlatformRelease Date HashBits
VMwareJune 2014SHA1: 626595ef7e445ecfb80280b9353340e0e049807c Download for VMware
KVMJune 2014SHA1: 72fc0980c5ab200e4877b2bf0631b0b022042616 Download for KVM
VirtualBoxJune 2014SHA1: 0b12484778925d58a02ea442a92b00d38ef74e04 Download for VirtualBox

These virtual machines make it easy to get started with CDH (Cloudera’s 100% open source Hadoop platform that includes Impala, Search, Spark, and more) and Cloudera Manager. They come complete with everything you need to learn Hadoop.

  • These are 64-bit VMs. They requires 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, 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.
  • The VM and file size vary according to the CDH version as follows:
    CDH and Cloudera Manager Version VM Size File Size
    CDH 4, Cloudera Impala, Cloudera Search, and Cloudera Manager 4 4 GB 2 GB
VM Version Documentation
CDH 4, Cloudera Impala, Cloudera Search
  • CDH 4
    • To learn more about CDH 4, see the CDH 4 documentation.
    • For the latest important information about new features, incompatible changes, and known issues in CDH 4, see the CDH 4 Release Notes.
    • For information on the versions of the components in the latest release of CDH 4, and links to each project's changes files and release notes, see the packaging section of CDH Version and Packaging Information.
    • To learn more about Hadoop, see the Cloudera Glossary and the Hadoop Tutorial.
      Note: The hadoop-hdfs-zkfc and hadoop-hdfs-journalnode components will not start in the QuickStart VM because they are HDFS High Availability components which are not designed to run on single node QuickStart VM. The failure to start these two components is harmless.
  • Cloudera Manager 4

    As part of the boot process, the VM automatically launches Cloudera Manager and configures HDFS, Hive, Hue, MapReduce, Oozie, ZooKeeper, Flume, HBase, Cloudera Impala, Cloudera Search, and YARN. Only the ZooKeeper, HDFS, MapReduce, Hive, and Hue services are started automatically. Flume, HBase, Oozie, Sqoop, Impala, Solr, and YARN services are not started because they are not used in all cases and not starting them conserves RAM.

    You can start or reconfigure any installed services using the web interface that is automatically displayed when the VM starts. Standard CDH 4 command-line tools are available for use, as well.

  • Cloudera Impala
  • Cloudera Search

In most cases, the QuickStart VM requires no administration beyond managing the installed products and services. In the event that additional administration is required, this page provides information on accounts and solutions for some common problems.


Once you launch the VM, you are automatically logged in as the cloudera user. The account details are:

  • username: cloudera
  • password: cloudera

The cloudera account has sudo privileges in the VM. The root account password is cloudera.

Hue and Cloudera Manager use the same credentials.

QuickStart VMware Image

To launch the VMware image, you will either need VMware Player for Windows and Linux, or VMware Fusion for Mac. Note that VMware Fusion only works on Intel architectures, so older Macs with PowerPC processors cannot run the QuickStart VM.

QuickStart VirtualBox Image

Some users have reported problems running CentOS 6.2 in VirtualBox. If a kernel panic occurs while the VirtualBox VM is booting, you can try working around this problem by opening the Settings > System > Motherboard tab, and selecting ICH9 instead of PIIX3 for the chip set. If you have not already done so, you must also enable I/O APIC on the same tab.

QuickStart KVM Image

The KVM image provides a raw disk image that can be used by many hypervisors. Configure machines that use this image with sufficient RAM. See Cloudera QuickStart VM for the VM size requirements.