Set up LZO Compression for HBase

  1. Make sure HBase is installed on the nodes where you plan to run it. See Planning the Cluster and Installing MapR Software for more information.
  2. On each HBase node, ensure the native LZO base library is installed:
    On Ubuntu
    apt-get install liblzo2-dev liblzo2
    On Red Hat or CentOS
    yum install lzo-devel lzo
  3. Check out the native connector library from
    For 0.20.2, check out branches/branch-0.1:
    svn checkout
  4. Set the compiler flags and build the native connector library:
    $ export CFLAGS="-m64"
    $ ant compile-native
    $ ant jar
  5. Create a directory for the native libraries (use TAB completion to fill in the <version> placeholder):
    mkdir -p /opt/mapr/hbase/hbase-<version>/lib/native/Linux-amd64-64/
  6. Copy the build results into the appropriate HBase directories on every HBase node. Example:
    $ cp build/native/Linux-amd64-64/lib/libgplcompression.* /opt/mapr/hbase/hbase-<version>/lib/native/Linux-amd64-64/
  7. Download the hadoop-lzo compression library from
  8. Create a symbolic link under /opt/mapr/hbase/hbase-<version>/lib/native/Linux-amd64-64/ to point to:
    On Ubuntu
    ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /opt/mapr/hbase/hbase-<version>/lib/native/Linux-amd64-64/
    On Red Hat or CentOS
    ln -s /usr/lib64/ /opt/mapr/hbase/hbase-<version>/lib/native/Linux-amd64-64/
  9. Restart the RegionServer:
    maprcli node services -hbregionserver
    restart -nodes <hostname>
Once LZO is set up, you can specify it in the per-column family compression flag while creating tables in HBase shell. For example:
create 'mytable', {NAME=>'colfam:', COMPRESSION=>'lzo'}