Apache Hadoop provides a high performance native protocol for accessing HDFS. While this is great for Hadoop applications running inside a Hadoop cluster, users often want to connect to HDFS from the outside. […] To address this we have developed an additional protocol to access HDFS using an industry standard RESTful mechanism, called WebHDFS. As part of this, WebHDFS takes advantages of the parallelism that a Hadoop cluster offers. Further, WebHDFS retains the security that the native Hadoop protocol offers. It also fits well into the overall strategy of providing web services access to all Hadoop components.
WebHDFS opens up opportunities for many new tools. For example, tools like FUSE or C/C++ client libraries using WebHDFS are fairly straightforward to be written. It allows existing Unix/Linux utilities and non-Java applications to interact with HDFS. Besides, there is no Java binding in those tools and Hadoop installation is not required.
I think Andre Luckow’s webhdfs-py is the first library (in Python) to take advantage of WebHDFS.
Original title and link: HTTP REST Access to HDFS: WebHDFS ( ©myNoSQL)