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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 varies by the run-time option you choose:


    CDH and Cloudera Manager Version RAM Required by VM
    CDH 5 (default) 4+ GiB*
    Cloudera Express 8+ GiB*
    Cloudera Enterprise (trial) 10+ GiB*


    *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 Docker, 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.)

Selected tab: SystemRequirements
VM Version Documentation
CDH 5 and Cloudera Manager 5
  • To learn more about CDH 5 and Cloudera Manager 5, see the Cloudera 5 documentation.
  • For the latest important information about new features, incompatible changes, and known issues, see the Release Guide.
  • For information on the versions of the components in the latest release, and links to each project's changes files and release notes, see the packaging section of Version and Download Information.
  • Cloudera Manager is installed in the VM but is turned off by default. Cloudera strongly recommends that if you use Cloudera Manager, you configure the VM with a minimum of 8 GiB RAM and two virtual CPU cores. (If you use the Cloudera Enterprise version, Cloudera recommends 10 GiB of RAM.) Cloudera Manager and all of the CDH services might not launch properly with less RAM. (By default, the VM uses 4 GiB of RAM and one virtual CPU core.) See Prerequisites.


    To use Cloudera Manager, open either the Launch Cloudera Express icon or the Launch Cloudera Enterprise (trial) icon from the desktop of the VM. After launching Cloudera Manager, all of the services in CDH are started, although it might take several minutes for Cloudera Manager to start all of the services. To conserve resources and improve performance, Cloudera recommends that you stop services you do not plan to use. Changes made to configuration files before launching Cloudera Manager are not preserved.

    You can start or reconfigure any installed services using the web interface that is automatically displayed when the VM starts.
    Warning: If Cloudera Manager is running, do not use init scripts from the command line to start, stop, or configure CDH components. Doing so leaves the cluster in an undefined state that could result in data loss. Use only Cloudera Manager to start, stop, or configure CDH components when running Cloudera Manager.
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In most cases, the QuickStart VM requires no administration beyond managing the installed products and services. In the event that additional administration is required or that problems occur, this page provides information on accounts and possible explanations and solutions to 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.

The root MySQL password (and the password for other MySQL user accounts) is also 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.


SHA1 for VMware image: f6bb5abdde3e2f760711939152334296dae8d586


QuickStart VirtualBox Image

Some users have reported problems running CentOS 6.4 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.


SHA1 for VirtualBox image: 7eacd248c6d979ec915833b2e0c99385882b0eb1


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.


SHA1 for KVM image: 98e43424d298656673ca61dff622fa44c743c3f6


QuickStart Docker Image

See documentation for full instructions.

SHA1 for Docker image: 4b9c757d2a9823ca580a455dd32908a0747604d3

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