The MapR Virtual Machine runs on VMware Player, a free desktop application that lets you run a virtual machine on a Windows or Linux PC. You can download VMware Player from the VMware web site. To install the VMware Player, see the VMware documentation.

Use of VMware Player is subject to the VMware Player end user license terms, and VMware provides no support for VMware Player. For self-help resources, see the VMware Player FAQ.


The MapR Virtual Machine requires at least 20 GB free hard disk space and 2 GB of RAM on the host system. You will see higher performance with more RAM and more free hard disk space.

To run the MapR Virtual Machine, the host system must have 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, you must 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.

Before You Start

Make sure your VMWare Player's Networking settings are set to Bridge. You can access these settings under Virtual Machine > Virtual Machine Settings. Select Network Adapter in the settings dialog, then Bridged at the Network Connection pane.


Installing and Running the MapR Virtual Machine

  1. Choose whether to install the M3 Edition or the M5 Edition, and download the corresponding archive file:
  2. On a UNIX system, use the tar command to extract the archive to your home directory or another directory of your choosing:


    tar -xvf MapR-VM-<version>tar.bzip2


    On a Windows system, use a decompression utility such as 7-zip to extract the archive.
  3. Run the VMware player.
  4. Click Open a Virtual Machine, navigate to the directory into which you extracted the archive, then open the MapR-VM.vmx virtual machine.
     Tip for VMWare Fusion
  5. To log on to the MapR Control System, use the username mapr and the password mapr (all lowercase).
  6. Once the virtual machine is fully started, you can proceed with the tour.