Run Sqoop jobs with Hadoop in HDInsight with Curl

Learn how to use Curl to run Sqoop jobs on a Hadoop cluster in HDInsight.

Curl is used to demonstrate how you can interact with HDInsight by using raw HTTP requests to run, monitor, and retrieve the results of Sqoop jobs. This works by using the WebHCat REST API (formerly known as Templeton) provided by your HDInsight cluster.


To complete the steps in this article, you will need the following:

  • Complete Use Sqoop with Hadoop in HDInsight to configure an environment with a HDInsight cluster and a Azure SQL database.
  • Curl. Curl is a tool to transfer data from or to a HDInsight cluster.
  • jq. The jq utility is used to process the JSON data returned from REST requests.

Submit Sqoop jobs by using Curl


When using Curl or any other REST communication with WebHCat, you must authenticate the requests by providing the user name and password for the HDInsight cluster administrator. You must also use the cluster name as part of the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) used to send the requests to the server.

For the commands in this section, replace USERNAME with the user to authenticate to the cluster, and replace PASSWORD with the password for the user account. Replace CLUSTERNAME with the name of your cluster.

The REST API is secured via basic authentication. You should always make requests by using Secure HTTP (HTTPS) to help ensure that your credentials are securely sent to the server.

  1. From a command line, use the following command to verify that you can connect to your HDInsight cluster:


    You should receive a response similar to the following:


    The parameters used in this command are as follows:

    • -u - The user name and password used to authenticate the request.
    • -G - Indicates that this is a GET request.

      The beginning of the URL,, is the same for all requests. The path, /status, indicates that the request is to return a status of WebHCat (also known as Templeton) for the server.

  2. Use the following to submit a sqoop job:

    curl -u USERNAME:PASSWORD -d -d command="export --connect jdbc:sqlserver://;user=USERNAME@SQLDATABASESERVERNAME;password=PASSWORD;database=SQLDATABASENAME --table log4jlogs --export-dir /example/data/sample.log --input-fields-terminated-by \0x20 -m 1" -d statusdir="wasb:///example/data/sqoop/curl"

    The parameters used in this command are as follows:

    • -d - Since -G is not used, the request defaults to the POST method. -d specifies the data values that are sent with the request.

      • - The user that is running the command.

      • command - The Sqoop command to execute.

      • statusdir - The directory that the status for this job will be written to.

      This command shall return a job ID that can be used to check the status of the job.

  3. To check the status of the job, use the following command. Replace JOBID with the value returned in the previous step. For example, if the return value was {"id":"job_1415651640909_0026"}, then JOBID would be job_1415651640909_0026.

    curl -G -u USERNAME:PASSWORD -d | jq .status.state

    If the job has finished, the state will be SUCCEEDED.


    This Curl request returns a JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) document with information about the job; jq is used to retrieve only the state value.

  4. Once the state of the job has changed to SUCCEEDED, you can retrieve the results of the job from Azure Blob storage. The statusdir parameter passed with the query contains the location of the output file; in this case, wasb:///example/data/sqoop/curl. This address stores the output of the job in the example/data/sqoop/curl directory on the default storage container used by your HDInsight cluster.

    You can use the Azure portal to access stderr and stdout blobs. You can also use Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio to check the data that is uploaded to the log4jlogs table.


  • Bulk export - With Linux-based HDInsight, the Sqoop connector used to export data to Microsoft SQL Server or Azure SQL Database does not currently support bulk inserts.
  • Batching - With Linux-based HDInsight, When using the -batch switch when performing inserts, Sqoop will perform multiple inserts instead of batching the insert operations.


As demonstrated in this document, you can use a raw HTTP request to run, monitor, and view the results of Sqoop jobs on your HDInsight cluster.

For more information on the REST interface used in this article, see the Sqoop REST API guide.

Next steps

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