Building and Launching C Applications

This topic describes basic setup for building and launching C application using the MapR libMapRClient C API library


The MapR-DB libMapRClient C API library is MapR's extension of the libhbase C API library). The libMapRClient header files are in this directory: /opt/mapr/include/hbase.

  • Verify that the mapr-client package is installed on the node. The mapr-client package must be installed on each node that builds an application. The libMapRClient header files are in this directory: /opt/mapr/include/hbase.
  • Verify that both the libMapRClient library and libjvm shared libraries are in the application’s library search path.

Building Applications

When building applications that use libMapRClient, run this command:

gcc -o <application_name> <source_file> -I/opt/mapr/include/hbase -L/opt/mapr/lib/ -lMapRClient -L/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-sun/jre/lib/amd64/server -ljvm

For example, the following command builds the hello_hbase application with the hello_hbase.c source code:

gcc -o hello_hbase hello_hbase.c -I/opt/mapr/include/hbase -L/opt/mapr/lib/ -lMapRClient -L/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-sun/jre/lib/amd64/server -ljvm
  • The compiled libMapRClient is statically linked to the following third-party libraries: Crypto++: libcryptoapp.a (v5.6.2)Protobuf: libprotobuf-lite.a (v2.5.0)
  • The libMapRClient library has dependencies on libjvm, though a JVM is not instantiated. In general, the libjvm library is located within the JDK/JRE installation directory.

Launching Applications

Before launching an application, set this value for the environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH:


If the client is on Windows, append the following directories to the PATH environment variable:

  • $MAPR_HOME/lib
  • $JAVA_HOME/bin/server

If the application uses the hb_connection_create_as_user API for impersonation, set the MAPR_IMPERSONATION_ENABLED environment variable to true.

What To Do Next

Launch the application!