Install and configure Apache Sqoop with vanilla Hadoop

Install and configure Apache Sqoop with vanilla Hadoop

Apache Sqoop(TM) is a tool designed for efficiently transferring bulk data between Apache Hadoop and structured datastores such as relational databases.



  • Apache Hadoop
  • Apache Sqoop (compatible with Hadoop version)
  • Apache Hive (optional)
  • Apache HBase (optional)
  • Apache HCatalog (optional)
  • JDBC driver for MySQL (Download)

Installing SQOOP

STEP 01: Download Apache Sqoop (This should be compatible with the version of Hadoop that you are installed)

STEP 02: Extract the Sqoop tar File.

    tar -xvf sqoop-1.4.6.bin__hadoop-2.0.4-alpha.tar.gz

STEP 03: Add the Hadoop and Java paths in the bash_profile file (.bash_profile) as shown below.

Then, save the bash file and close it.


  • For applying all these changes to the current Terminal, execute the source command.
      source ~/.bash_profile
  • To make sure that sqoop has been properly installed on your system and can be accessed through the Terminal, execute the following command.
    sqoop help

if you are getting the similar message as following for the above commands you are good to proceed with the further steps.

STEP 04: Download JDBC driver for MySQL and place in $SQOOP_HOME/lib folder

    cp mysql-connector-java-5.1.18-bin.jar /Users/mimran/Data-Science/sqoop-1.4.6.bin__hadoop-2.0.4-alpha/lib/

STEP 05: Retrieving list of Databases available in MySQL from SQOOP to make sure everything working accordingly.

    sqoop list-databases --connect jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/  --username root -P

if you can see the databases from the MySQL server as follow that means your MySQL connector is working fine.