Move data in & out your Hadoop cluster with the Sqoop UI

Hi Ice Cream lovers,

Hue, the open source Big Data UI, has a brand new application that enables transferring data between relational databases and Hadoop. This new application is driven by Sqoop 2 and has several user experience improvements to boot.

Sqoop is a batch data migration tool for transferring data between traditional databases and Hadoop. The first version of Sqoop is a heavy client that drives and oversees data transfer via MapReduce. In Sqoop 2, the majority of the work was moved to a server that a thin client communicates with. Also, any client can communicate with the Sqoop 2 server over its JSON-REST protocol. Sqoop 2 was chosen instead of its predecessors because of its client-server design.

Importing from MySQL to HDFS

The following is the canonical import job example sourced from In Hue, this can be done in 3 easy steps:


  • CDH 4.4 or Hue 3.0.0

  • MySQL 5.1


If the new job button is not appearing, Sqoop2 is probably not starting. Make sure the MySql or other DB connectors are in the /usr/lib/sqoop/lib directory of Sqoop2. Make sure you have these properties in the Sqoop2 Server configuration:


1. Create a Connection

In the Sqoop app, the connection manager is available from the “New Job” wizard. To get to the new job wizard, click on “New Job”. There may be a list of connections available if a few have been created before. For the purposes of this demo, we’ll go through the process of creating a new connection. Click “Add a new connection” and fill in the blanks with the data below. Then click save to return to the “New Job” wizard!

Connection Parameter                  Value

Name                                  mysql-connection-demo 

JDBC Driver Class                     com.mysql.jdbc.Driver 

JDBC Connection String                jdbc:mysql://hue-demo/demo

Username                              demo

Password                              demo

Connection form values.

2. Create a Job

After creating a connection, follow the wizard and fill in the blanks with the information below.

Job Wizard Parameter              Value

Name                              mysql-import-job-demo

Type                              IMPORT

Connection                        mysql-connection-demo

Table name                        test

Storage Type                      HDFS

Output format                     TEXT_FILE

Output directory                  /tmp/mysql-import-job-demo

Job wizard form values.

3. Save and Submit the Job

At the end of the Job wizard, click “Save and Run”! The job should automagically start after that and the job dashboard will be displayed. As the job is running, a progress bar below the job listing will be dynamically updated. Links to the HDFS output via the File Browser and Map Reduce logs via Job Browser will be available on the left hand side of the job edit page.

Sum Up

The new Sqoop application enables batch data migration from a more traditional databases to Hadoop and vice versa through Hue. Using Hue, a user can move data between storage systems in a distributed fashion with the click of a button.

I’d like to send out a big thank you to the Sqoop community for the new client-server design!

Both projects are undergoing heavy development and are welcoming external contributions! Have any suggestions? Feel free to tell us what you think through hue-user or @gethue​!

This article was originally posted 1 year ago.

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