Fetch files from Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) into FlowFiles. This Processor will delete the file from HDFS after fetching it.


hadoop, HDFS, get, fetch, ingest, source, filesystem, restricted


In the list below, the names of required properties appear in bold. Any other properties (not in bold) are considered optional. The table also indicates any default values, and whether a property supports the NiFi Expression Language.

NameDefault ValueAllowable ValuesDescription
Hadoop Configuration ResourcesA file or comma separated list of files which contains the Hadoop file system configuration. Without this, Hadoop will search the classpath for a 'core-site.xml' and 'hdfs-site.xml' file or will revert to a default configuration. To use swebhdfs, see 'Additional Details' section of PutHDFS's documentation.
Supports Expression Language: true
Kerberos PrincipalKerberos principal to authenticate as. Requires nifi.kerberos.krb5.file to be set in your
Supports Expression Language: true
Kerberos KeytabKerberos keytab associated with the principal. Requires nifi.kerberos.krb5.file to be set in your
Supports Expression Language: true
Kerberos Relogin Period4 hoursPeriod of time which should pass before attempting a kerberos relogin. This property has been deprecated, and has no effect on processing. Relogins now occur automatically.
Supports Expression Language: true
Additional Classpath ResourcesA comma-separated list of paths to files and/or directories that will be added to the classpath. When specifying a directory, all files with in the directory will be added to the classpath, but further sub-directories will not be included.
DirectoryThe HDFS directory from which files should be read
Supports Expression Language: true
Recurse Subdirectoriestrue
  • true
  • false
Indicates whether to pull files from subdirectories of the HDFS directory
Keep Source Filefalse
  • true
  • false
Determines whether to delete the file from HDFS after it has been successfully transferred. If true, the file will be fetched repeatedly. This is intended for testing only.
File Filter RegexA Java Regular Expression for filtering Filenames; if a filter is supplied then only files whose names match that Regular Expression will be fetched, otherwise all files will be fetched
Filter Match Name Onlytrue
  • true
  • false
If true then File Filter Regex will match on just the filename, otherwise subdirectory names will be included with filename in the regex comparison
Ignore Dotted Filestrue
  • true
  • false
If true, files whose names begin with a dot (".") will be ignored
Minimum File Age0 secThe minimum age that a file must be in order to be pulled; any file younger than this amount of time (based on last modification date) will be ignored
Maximum File AgeThe maximum age that a file must be in order to be pulled; any file older than this amount of time (based on last modification date) will be ignored
Polling Interval0 secIndicates how long to wait between performing directory listings
Batch Size100The maximum number of files to pull in each iteration, based on run schedule.
IO Buffer SizeAmount of memory to use to buffer file contents during IO. This overrides the Hadoop Configuration
Compression codecNONE
  • NONE No compression
  • DEFAULT Default ZLIB compression
  • BZIP BZIP compression
  • GZIP GZIP compression
  • LZ4 LZ4 compression
  • LZO LZO compression - it assumes LD_LIBRARY_PATH has been set and jar is available
  • SNAPPY Snappy compression
  • AUTOMATIC Will attempt to automatically detect the compression codec.
No Description Provided.


successAll files retrieved from HDFS are transferred to this relationship

Reads Attributes:

None specified.

Writes Attributes:

filenameThe name of the file that was read from HDFS.
pathThe path is set to the relative path of the file's directory on HDFS. For example, if the Directory property is set to /tmp, then files picked up from /tmp will have the path attribute set to "./". If the Recurse Subdirectories property is set to true and a file is picked up from /tmp/abc/1/2/3, then the path attribute will be set to "abc/1/2/3".

State management:

This component does not store state.


Provides operator the ability to retrieve and delete any file that NiFi has access to in HDFS or the local filesystem.

Input requirement:

This component does not allow an incoming relationship.

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