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Take advantage of CDH in the cloud.

Cloudera Director provides a single administration interface for central IT to deliver agility and for end-users to self-service provision and elastically scale clusters, all while ensuring auditability.


Cloudera Director runs as a web application. You can download and install the Cloudera Director server and client by selecting Standard Installation in the dropdown above. If you are new to Cloudera Director, you can get started quickly by selecting AWS Quick Start and following the wizard.


Cloudera Director has native support for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure.

Each Cloudera Director release embeds the current plug-in for supported cloud providers, but a newer plug-in may have been posted on the Cloudera GitHub site subsequent to the Cloudera Director release. To check for the latest version, click the appropriate link:

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The Cloudera Director SPI defines an open source Java interface that plug-ins implement to add support for additional cloud providers to Cloudera Director. For more information, see the file in the SPI Cloudera Director GitHub repository.

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The table below lists software requirements, recommendations, and supported versions for resources used with Cloudera Director.

  Cloudera Director Cloudera Manager and CDH
Operating Systems (64-bit only)

RHEL and CentOS 6.5, 6.7, 6.8, 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3

Ubuntu 14.04

For AWS and Google Cloud Platform: RHEL and CentOS 6.5, 6.7, 6.8, 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3

For Microsoft Azure: RHEL and CentOS 6.7, 6.8, and 7.2

RHEL 7.2 is supported only for Cloudera Manager and CDH 5.7 and higher, not for lower versions of Cloudera Manager and CDH.

To use Amazon EC2 D2 instances, you must run a minimum version of RHEL 6.7 or CentOS 6.7. Earlier versions of RHEL and CentOS do not support these instance types.

Oracle Java SE Development Kit (JDK)

Oracle JDK version 7 or 8

For download and installation information, see Java SE Downloads.

Oracle JDK version 7 or 8

Default Database Embedded H2 database Embedded PostgreSQL Database
Supported Databases

MySQL 5.5, 5.6, 5.7

MariaDB 5.5

MySQL 5.5, 5.6, 5.7

MariaDB 5.5


Note: To run Kafka and Sentry on the same cluster, you must use Kafka 2.1 with Cloudera Manager and CDH 5.9 or 5.10.


Note: For the latest information on operating system versions supported on Microsoft Azure, refer to the Cloudera Reference Architecture for Microsoft Azure Deployments.


Note: By default, Cloudera Director stores its environment and cluster data in an embedded H2 database located at /var/lib/cloudera-director-server/state.h2.db. Back up this file to avoid losing the data. For information on using an external MySQL database in place of the H2 embedded database, see Using MySQL for Cloudera Director Server. Cloudera recommends using an external database for both Cloudera Director and Cloudera Manager for production environments.

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The table below lists requirements for resources used with Cloudera Director.

  Cloudera Director Cloudera Manager and CDH
CPU 2 4
RAM 3.75 GB 64 GB
Disk 8 GB 500 GB
Recommended AWS instance c3.large or c4.large

Cloudera Manager: m4.xlarge or m4.4xlarge

Recommended Google Cloud Platform instance n1-standard-2 n1-highmem-4 or n1-highmem-8
Recommended Microsoft Azure instance Standard_D3 or larger

The following Azure instance types are supported:

  • STANDARD_DS12_v2
  • STANDARD_DS13_v2
  • STANDARD_DS14_v2
  • STANDARD_DS15_v2


Note: For the latest information on instance types supported on Microsoft Azure, refer to the Cloudera Reference Architecture for Microsoft Azure Deployments.


Note: The recommended instance for Cloudera Manager depends on the workload. Some instance types may not be available in every region. Cloudera Director does not dynamically validate instance type by region. Contact your Cloudera account representative for more information.

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Cloudera Director 2.4 can install any version of Cloudera Manager 5 with any CDH 5 parcels. Use of CDH packages is not supported.


If you are using Cloudera Director 2.4 to deploy Cloudera Manager and CDH, the latest released version of Cloudera Manager 5.11 and CDH 5.11 is installed by default. To use any other version of Cloudera Manager or CDH, follow the instructions for installing non-default versions of Cloudera Manager and CDH in the Getting Started section for your cloud provider:

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Cloudera Director recommends the following inbound ports to be open:

  • TCP ports 22: These ports allow SSH to Cloudera Director instance.
  • All traffic across all ports within the security group: This rule allows connectivity with all the components within the Hadoop cluster. This rule avoids numerous individual ports to be opened in the security group.
Type Protocol Port Range Source
SSH (22) TCP (6) 22
ALL Traffic ALL ALL security_group_id

See note paragraph below.

Note: In AWS, the All traffic rule above requires the security group ID. If you create a security group from scratch, create the security group with the SSH rule and then go back and edit the security group to allow all traffic within the security group.

To connect to the AWS network, Cloudera recommends that you open only these ports and set up a SOCKS proxy. Unless your network has direct connection to AWS, you must set this up to access the Cloudera Director instance. This is done in a later step.

In a restricted network environment, you may want to enable minimal network traffic between instances and keep open ports to a minimum rather than enabling all network traffic between cluster instances. For information about minimal port requirements, see Ports Used by Cloudera Director.

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Cloudera Director supports the following browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox 11 and higher
  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer 9 and higher
  • Safari 5 and higher
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What's New in Cloudera Director 2.4.0

  • A number of issues have been fixed. See Issues Fixed in Cloudera Director 2.4.0 for details.
  • Improved support for long-running clusters: Cloudera Director 2.4 will support upgrades, change of services, and configurations from Cloudera Manager 5.11.
  • Support for Spark 2 and Kudu.
  • Support for multiple bootstrap scripts. This feature allows you to combine functionality required during bootstrap while maintaining modularity. Using multiple scripts is beneficial when different parts of the customized bootstrap have different retry semantics, because retry upon failure is done only for failed scripts.
  • Configurable AWS instance tag names and values.
  • Support for passing of AWS user data to instances while they are being launched.
  • Sample code using the Java SDK to grow, shrink and repair the cluster. See Cloudera Director Java Client Samples.
  • For Azure clusters, support for Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS) via Cloudera Manager and CDH 5.11 deployments.
  • Support for the following Microsoft Azure Clouds and Regions:
  • Added RHEL 6.8 to the default OS list for Azure.
  • Improved error logging for Azure clusters.
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