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HDFS Explorer

Manipulate HDFS storage like your local disk

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HDFS Explorer feature overview


HDFS Explorer lets you quickly browse and manage HDFS clusters from Windows.

A familiar Windows Explorer based
interface for Hadoop:

  • Upload data and download results
  • Rename, copy, move and delete files
  • Full Windows Explorer integration
  • The easiest and fastest way to manage HDFS storage from Windows
Copy files in and out of Hadoop with HDFS Explorer
Add an HDFS connection with HDFS Explorer

Designed for HDFS:

  • Add HDFS Connections in seconds
  • Manage multiple Hadoop clusters
  • View and edit HDFS permissions and ownership
  • Search across your HDFS cluster

Additional Features:

  • Works with the Hortonworks Sandbox and Cloudera Quickstart VM
  • Easily Bookmark locations for quick access
  • Multiple window support
  • Manage multiple Hadoop clusters
  • New! kerberos authentication
HDFS folder tree in HDFS Explorer

Video: Getting started with HDFS Explorer

A short video overview of HDFS Explorer detailing how to connect to an Hadoop cluster, and then upload and downloading files.



Frequently asked questions

HDFS Explorer is a GUI file manager for the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).
GUI access to HDFS brings several benefits such as the ability to easily navigate folder structures and drag and drop files in and out of your Hadoop cluster.

If you have any questions about HDFS Explorer, feel free to email us.

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit versions supported)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 or later
  • .NET Framework 4.5

If you run into problems with HDFS Explorer on any of these configurations let us know.

  1. Download the latest version HDFS Explorer:
  2. Download HDFS Explorer
  3. Install HDFS Explorer and enter your email address to get started:
  4. HDFS Explorer Getting Started Screen
  5. Add an HDFS Connection. Simply enter your Cluster address and user name to connect to your HDFS cluster. Your HDFS connection details will be saved for the next time you launch HDFS Explorer.
  6. Add an HDFS Connection screen
  7. Once you've connected to your Hadoop cluster, you are able to manage files in exactly the same way you would with Windows Explorer.
  8. If you have multiple Hadoop instances, you can add additional HDFS connections using 'add connection' in the file menu.

To check for updates, click File > Help > Check For Updates.

You can send us feature requests by completing this form.

If you're planning to use HDFS Explorer with the Hortonworks Sandbox or Cloudera VM, you'll need to define your Hadoop clusters IP and hostname in Windows. These instructions show how to connect to the Hortonworks Sandbox, but are also applicable to the Cloudera QuickStart VM.

  1. Launch Notepad with administrator privileges.
  2. In Notepad, click File > Open, paste the following into the file name field, and then click Open: %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
  3. Add the following code to the end of the hosts file: 192.168.56.101 sandbox.hortonworks.com sandbox and save the changes.

    Defining the Hortonworks Sandbox IP Hostname in Windows

    Note: if you have configured your Sandbox to use a different IP address, then you'll need to change the IP address in the snippet above.
  4. To connect to your sandbox or VM in HDFS Explorer. Launch HDFS Explorer add a new connection (File > Add Connection) with the following credentials:

    Cluster address: sandbox.hortonworks.com
    User name: hadoop
See also: we've worked with Hortonworks to create a tutorial detailing how to use HDFS Explorer to manage files on the Hortonworks Sandbox.

If you have any other questions, or suggestions for information we should include here email us!


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