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Installing Cloudera VM in M1 Mac


Hi There,

Hope you're doing well and safe out there. 

I need one small help, can Cloudera VM install on M1 MacBook Air laptop? 

FYI, I am using 8GB RAM version. 

I do know that this can install in Windows version but don't know on M1 MacBook. 


Kindly share your response. 


Thank you!


New Contributor

I have a MacBook Air M2 (16gb RAM and 512 gb storage) and was able to run Cloudera on UTM on my Mac. 

I've looking for days how to install Cloudera so I'll share a step by step: 

1. Go to this link ( and download this version (

2. Download UTM :
3. Once you get UTM and Cloudera, go to UTM and follow the steps on this video: . The file you are supposed to import is this one: Captura de pantalla 2022-11-03 a la(s) 00.40.56.png

5. Once you follow those steps you have to be a bit patient since it takes at least 15 min or more to fully load but if everything went smoothly you should be able to use Cloudera on your Mac.

Captura de pantalla 2022-11-03 a la(s) 00.42.43.png


Hope it helps!



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Firstly thank you so much for this. I am able to run Cloudera VM on M1 macOS. I didn't explore much. However, am unable to copy files from my actual mac to VM. Do you have any solution for this? 

if yes, can you please guide me. 

Thank you a lot. 

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Rising Star

Hi @Sainath90 ,

Do you mean to install HDP sandbox (Hortonworks data platform for hadoop ) in your mac?

Please refer to below tutorials:

It has virtual box / vmware / docker versions to choose. I would recommend you to install docker version as it is easy to deploy / remove / stop / start.

I have installed docker version successfully in my mac with 16GB RAM, and mine is Intel core not M1 core, but I believe the docker will work in M1.

Please note the prerequisites is minimum 10 GB RAM dedicated to the virtual machine. 

Below is the docker version tutorial.




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Hi Will, 

Apologies for my super delayed response. 

Thank you for your answer. 

Unfortunately, my M1 mac is having 8 GB RAM and it can't be upgradable. 

It seems I can't learn Hadoop in M1 mac. 

I could have dig deep before getting this useless laptop. 





Virtual Box just released a beta version that will run on mac m1/m2 !! 

Hi Sainath,

If you're looking to learn Hadoop take a look at Stackable ( It doesn't ship with all of the components from Cloudera/Hortonworks, but this also means it has a smaller RAM footprint. I've built ant tested ARM versions of the containers and run it natively on my M1 MacBook.

If you can find one of the old quick start VMs it *might* work, but you will need to run it under x86_64 emulation and it will be horribly slow.




Virtual Box has a new beta release for mac m1/m2 ! 


also in other news aka bad news... 

In 2021, Cloudera’s CEO declared that it was the “definite end to the Hadoop era.”  Its final Hadoop release, Cloudera 6.3, goes end of life in March 2022 XD 

New Contributor

how about 4gb ram ? can it be upgrade ?

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