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Apache HBase


Apache HBase is a distributed database built on top of Apache Hadoop.


Current status

Detailed Description

Apache HBase is used when you need random, realtime read/write access to your Big Data. Apache HBase hosts very large tables -- billions of rows X millions of columns -- atop clusters of commodity hardware. Apache HBase is a distributed, versioned, non-relational database modeled after Google's Bigtable: A Distributed Storage System for Structured Data by Chang et al. Just as Bigtable leverages the distributed data storage provided by the Google File System, Apache HBase provides Bigtable-like capabilities on top of Hadoop and HDFS.

Benefit to Fedora

Apache HBase is the Big Data database used by many parts of the Hadoop Ecosystem. Including it in Fedora increases usefulness of the Apache Hadoop that is already in Fedora.


  • Proposal owners: The Hbase package has been accepted into Fedora and provides all the functionality from the upstream release.
  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Release engineering: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

How To Test

Basic shell exercises here

User Experience

Users should be able to write/run applications that use Apache HBase for their database.


Apache Oozie

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks product? N/A


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes

Fedora 21 includes Apache HBase, the Hadoop database.