MapR Sandbox for Hadoop

The MapR Sandbox for Hadoop is a fully-functional single-node cluster that gently introduces business analysts, current and aspiring Hadoop developers, and administrators (database, system, and Hadoop) to the big data promises of Hadoop and its ecosystem.

Use the sandbox to experiment with Hadoop technologies using the MapR Control System (MCS) and Hue.

MapR’s Sandbox for Hadoop includes a link to tutorials that can help you understand the power and capabilities of Hadoop through the MCS and Hue tools. Hadoop administrators can launch the MCS and use the tutorials to configure, monitor, and manage a cluster. Hadoop developers or analysts, looking to gain an understanding of Hadoop and MapR, can:

  • Launch the Hue interface.
  • Use the tutorials to perform tasks with the provided Hue applications.
  • Explore solutions to use cases.
  • Run jobs on data in the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop.
To use the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop, perform the following tasks:
  • Verify that the host system meets the prerequisites.
  • Install the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop.
  • Launch Hue or the MapR Control System.


The MapR Sandbox for Hadoop runs on VMware Player and VirtualBox, free desktop applications that you can use to run a virtual machine on a Windows, Mac, or Linux PC.

Before you install the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop, verify that the host system meets the following prerequisites:
  • VMware Player or VirtualBox is installed.
  • At least 20 GB free hard disk space, at least 4 physical cores, and 8 GB of RAM is available. Performance increases with more RAM and free hard disk space.
  • Uses one of the following 64-bit x86 architectures:
    • A 1.3 GHz or faster AMD CPU with segment-limit support in long mode
    • A 1.3 GHz or faster Intel CPU with VT-x support
  • If you have an Intel CPU with VT-x support, verify that VT-x support is enabled in the host system BIOS. The BIOS settings that must be enabled for VT-x support vary depending on the system vendor. See the VMware knowledge base article at for information about how to determine if VT-x support is enabled.

VM Player Downloads

For Linux, Mac, or Windows, download the free VMware Player or VirtualBox. Optionally, you can purchase VMware Fusion for Mac.

VM Player Installation

The following list provides links to the virtual machine installation instructions:
  • To install the VMware Player, see the VMware documentation. Use of VMware Player is subject to the VMware Player end user license terms. VMware does not provide support for VMware Player. For self-help resources, see the VMware Player FAQ.
  • To install VirtualBox, see the Oracle VM VirtualBox User Manual. By downloading VirtualBox, you agree to the terms and conditions of the respective license.