Compiling and Running C Applications on MapR-FS Clients

MapR-FS exposes the HDFS API; if you already have a client program built to use libhdfs, you do not have to relink your program just to access the MapR file system. However, re-linking to the MapR-specific shared library will give you better performance on MapR file system, because it does not make any Java calls to access the filesystem (unlike

The script below sets environment variables to necessary values and compiles one of the sample applications. Use this script as an example for building and launching your own applications.

When you set HADOOP_HOME for your own client applications, set it to the path for the version of libhdfs that your application uses. The path is:


Also, set the path to your application in the gcc command, of course.

This script assumes that MAPR_HOME is set to the default value of /opt/mapr.

#Setup environment
export HADOOP_HOME=${MAPR_HOME}/hadoop/hadoop-2.7.0/
GCC_OPTS="-Wl,--allow-shlib-undefined -I. -I{$HADOOP_HOME}/include/"

#Compile and Link
gcc ${GCC_OPTS} ${HADOOP_HOME}src/c++/libhdfs/hdfs_read.c -o hdfs_read -L${MAPR_HOME}/lib -lMapRClient
#Launch the application
  • 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)
  • If a client application connects to the local fileserver, before launching the application you can set the MAPR_CLIENT_SHMEM environment variable to control how much of the local system's memory should be devoted to the resources and buffers used for communication between the client application and the local fileserver. By default, the size of the shared memory is 20 MB. If you want to change this value, specify it as a number of pages. For example, to set the shared memory at 128 MB, multiply 128 by 10242 bytes and then divide the product by 8192 bytes. In this case, the value would be 16384 pages.