Setting up Hortonworks Sandbox on Mac using Docker

Hortonworks provides an official Data Platform Sandbox docker image that can help you learn the Hortonworks stack. I recently setup a Hortonworks Sandbox on my macOS.

Increase Docker memory for macOS

Hortonworks Sandbox is a heavy container, with lots of components running on it. They recommend at least 8GB of RAM.

Open Docker preferences and select the Advanced tab. Increase the dedicated memory to at least 8GB of RAM or more.

Increase Docker Memory on Mac

Configure Docker Memory

Download the Hortonworks Sandbox Docker image

Download the docker image. It’s a huge one 12GB, use high bandwidth network :)


Download the Hortonworks Script


Load the sandbox image

docker load -i HDP_2_6_1_docker_image_28_07_2017_14_42_40.tar

Docker Load Hortonworks Sandbox

This is a heavy task. Go get your coffee now because it will take some time to load the docker image.

After it is loaded you should see sandbox-hdp in your docker images list.

docker images - sandbox-hdp

Update /etc/hosts file

Add the following to /etc/hosts

1   localhost

Run the Hortonworks Sandbox startup script

chmod +x ./
Start Hortonworks Data Platform Sandbox

Again this will take some time… ⏲

Access Hortonworks Sandbox

Go to

This Sandbox comes with a lot of components like Ambari, Ranger, Hive, Spark etc. installed and configured.