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HDFS Connector (KNOX)

KNIME Extension for WebHDFS via Apache KNOX Filehandling version 4.3.0.v202012020404 by KNIME AG, Zurich, Switzerland

This node connects to Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) using an Apache KNOX gateway. The resulting output port allows downstream nodes to access the files of the remote file system, e.g. to read or write, or to perform other file system operations (browse/list files, copy, move, ...).

Path syntax: Paths for HDFS are specified with a UNIX-like syntax, for example /myfolder/file.csv, which is an absolute path that consists of:

  1. A leading slash (/).
  2. The name of a folder (myfolder), followed by a slash.
  3. Followed by the name of a file (file.csv).

SSL: This node uses the JVM SSL settings.



KNOX URL including cluster name, for example https://<server>:8443/gateway/<default> (replace <server> with the fully qualified hostname and <default> with your cluster name). The protocol should be https and port 8443 on most deployments.
Specify the authentication method to use:
  • Credentials: Authenticate with the username and password of the selected credentials flow variable.
  • Username & password: Authenticate with the provided Username and Password. The password is persistently stored (in encrypted form) in the settings of this node and will be saved with the workflow.
Working directory
Specify the working directory of the resulting file system connection, using the Path syntax explained above. The working directory must be specified as an absolute path. A working directory allows downstream nodes to access files/folders using relative paths, i.e. paths that do not have a leading slash. The default working directory is the root "/", under which all the document libraries are located.


Connection timeout
Timeout in seconds to establish a connection or 0 for an infinite timeout.
Read timeout
Timeout in seconds to read data from connection or 0 for an infinite timeout.

Output Ports

HDFS (via KNOX) File System Connection.



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