Hue is an User Interface to connect and work with most of the commonly used Bigdata technologies like HDFS, Hive, Spark, Hbase, Sqoop, Impala, Pig, Oozie etc. Hue also supports running queries against Relational databases.

Hue, a django web application, was primarily built as a workbench for running Hive queries. Later the functionality of Hue increased to support different components of Hadoop Ecosystem. It is available as open source software under Apache License.

Setup process

Instalation Dependencies

Hue installation process details are not available for most operating systems, so depending on the OS, there might be variations on the dependencies you need to install prior to executing the install script provided in the installation package:


sudo yum install ant
sudo yum install python-devel.x86_64
sudo yum install krb5-devel.x86_64
sudo yum install krb5-libs.x86_64
sudo yum install libxml2.x86_64
sudo yum install python-lxml.x86_64
sudo yum install libxslt-devel.x86_64
sudo yum install mysql-devel.x86_64
sudo yum install openssl-devel.x86_64
sudo yum install libgsasl-devel.x86_64
sudo yum install sqlite-devel.x86_64
sudo yum install openldap-devel.x86_64
sudo yum install -y libffi libffi-devel
sudo yum install mysql-devel gcc gcc-devel python-devel
sudo yum install rsync
sudo yum install maven
wget https://bootstrap.pypa.io/ez_setup.py -O - | sudo python
  1. GMP
  • CentOS > 7.x
    sudo yum install libgmp3-dev

  • CentOS < 6.x
    sudo yum install gmp gmp-devel gmp-status

Hue Installation in Ubuntu

This installation assumes hadoop to be pre-installed under hadoop user.


Hue depends on these following packages

  1. gcc
  2. g++
  3. libxml2-dev
  4. libxlst-dev
  5. libsasl2-dev
  6. libsasl2-modules-gssapi-mit
  7. libmysqlclient-dev
  8. python-dev
  9. python-setuptools
  10. libsqlite3-dev
  11. ant
  12. libkrb5-dev
  13. libtidy-0.99-0
  14. libldap2-dev
  15. libssl-dev
  16. libgmp3-dev

Installing all the packages

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gcc g++ libxml2-dev libxslt-dev libsasl2-dev libsasl2-modules-gssapi-mit libmysqlclient-dev python-dev python-setuptools libsqlite3-dev ant libkrb5-dev libtidy-0.99-0 libldap2-dev libssl-dev libgmp3-dev

Installation and Configuration

Performing installation as hadoop user.

su - hadoop
  1. Download Hue from gethue.com (this link is an example obtained from Hue website)

    wget https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/730827/hue/releases/3.9.0/hue-3.9.0.tgz

  2. Extract the downloaded tarball

    tar -xvf hue-3.9.0.tgz

  3. Execute install command

     cd hue-3.9.0
     PREFIX=/home/hadoop/ make install
  4. Once the above process is completed,

    Update ~/.bashrc file,

     export HUE_HOME=/home/hadoop/hue
     export PATH=$PATH:$HUE_HOME/build/env/bin

    source after adding the entries, source ~/.bashrc

  5. Configure Hue ( 3 files to edit)

cd $HUE_HOME/desktop/conf

  • hue.ini



  • core-site.xml

  • hdfs-site.xml

  1. Start Hue (Start Hadoop daemons if not already started)

    nohup supervisor &

  2. Login to Hue Web Interface: http://localhost:8888

    username: hadoop

    password: user_choice