tapad / sbt-hadoop-oss

An sbt plugin for publishing artifacts to HDFS.



An sbt plugin for publishing artifacts to the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

Table of contents


  • sbt (0.13.5+ or 1.0.0+)
  • An installation of Hadoop (>= 2.6.x) to target


Add the following line to project/plugins.sbt. See the Using plugins section of the sbt documentation for more information.

addSbtPlugin("com.tapad.sbt" % "sbt-hadoop" % "0.2.1")


Assuming the HADOOP_HOME environmental variable is set and pointing to a local installation of the Hadoop binaries, add the following configuration to your build definition:

hadoopClasspath := hadoopClasspathFromExecutable.value

hadoopHdfsArtifactPath := new HdfsPath("/path/to/desired/hdfs/target/artifact.jar")


Configuring the hadoopClasspath

In order to publish artifacts to HDFS, sbt-hadoop needs valid configuration information about your Hadoop installation.

sbt-hadoop expects the typical Hadoop configuration files (core-site.xml and hdfs-site.xml) to be present on your local file system.

These configuration files can be discovered by sbt-hadoop in one of two ways:

  1. By allowing sbt-hadoop to invoke a locally available hadoop binary
  2. By statically adding their addresses to hadoopClasspath

Invoking the local binary allows sbt-hadoop to retrieve enough information to set the hadoopClasspath automatically.

To use a local hadoop binary for hadoopClasspath inference, add the following assignment to your build definition:

hadoopClasspath := hadoopClasspathFromExecutable.value

sbt-hadoop will attempt to find a local hadoop binary via the HADOOP_HOME environmental variable.

This can be manually overridden by setting a value for the hadoopExecutable setting key:

hadoopExecutable := Some(file("/usr/bin/hadoop"))

If a local hadoop binary is not available, the hadoopClasspath must be set statically.

Assuming configuration files are located on your local file system at /usr/local/hadoop-2.7.3/etc, you can configure your build as follows:

hadoopClasspath := HadoopUtils.classpathFromDirectory(file("/usr/local/hadoop-2.7.3/etc"))

Setting the hadoopHdfsArtifactPath

hadoopHdfsArtifactPath must be set before attempting to publish an artifact to HDFS.

It represents the target destination on HDFS where your artifact will be published.

The value of hadoopHdfsArtifactPath must be an instance of org.apache.hadoop.fs.Path.

A type alias, HdfsPath, is auto-imported for your convenience:

hadoopHdfsArtifactPath := new HdfsPath("/user/name/foo/bar/artifact-0.1.0.jar")

Integration with the built-in packageBin task

By default, sbt-hadoop is configured to upload the resulting artifact of the packageBin task to HDFS.

It is still required to configure your hadoopClasspath, set your hadoopHdfsArtifactPath, and manually enable the HadoopPlugin.

hadoopClasspath := hadoopClasspathFromExecutable.value

hadoopHdfsArtifactPath := new HdfsPath(s"/tmp/${name.value}-${version.value}.jar")


Once your build is properly configured, an invocation of hadoop:publish will build, and subsequentially publish, your binary artifact to HDFS.

For more information, refer to the Packaging documentation provided in the sbt reference manual.

Integration with sbt-assembly

To use sbt-hadoop in conjunction with sbt-assembly, add the following to your project/plugins.sbt and build.sbt files, respectively:

addSbtPlugin("com.eed3sign" % "sbt-assembly" % "0.14.4")

addSbtPlugin("com.tapad.sbt" % "sbt-hadoop" % "0.2.1")
hadoopLocalArtifactPath := (assemblyOutputPath in assembly).value

hadoopHdfsArtifactPath := new HdfsPath("/tmp", (assemblyJarName in assembly).value)

publish in Hadoop := (publish in Hadoop).dependsOn(assembly).value

Lastly, be sure to enable sbt-hadoop in your build.sbt file:


sbt-assembly will be enabled automatically.

Once the build definition is configured properly, an invocation of hadoop:publish will build and subsequentially publish a fat jar to HDFS.

For more information, refer to the documentation provided by sbt-assembly and the scripted integration test found at plugin/src/sbt-test/sbt-hadoop/assembly.


Project structure

  • root (.)


The sbt plugin and underlying interface used to publish artifacts to HDFS.

Running tests

The main features and functionality of sbt-hadoop are tested using sbt's scripted-plugin. scripted tests exist in the src/sbt-test directory of the root project.

To run these tests, issue scripted from an sbt session:

$ sbt
> scripted

To selectively run a single scripted test suite, issue scripted <name of plugin>/<name of test project>. e.g. scripted sbt-hadoop/simple.

Please note that publishLocal will be invoked when running scripted. scripted tests take longer to run than unit tests and will log myriad output to stdout. Also note that any output written to stderr during the execution of a scripted test will result in ERROR level log entries. These log entries will not effect the resulting status of the actual test.

Releasing artifacts

sbt-hadoop uses https://github.com/sbt/sbt-release. Simply invoke release from the root project to release all artifacts.