Get metadata of File

The HEAD object of QueryIO server fetches the metadata from a file. This is useful if user is only interested in metadata of file, since it does not return the file itself.

DFS Client API

The code given below is used to get metadata of file using DFS Client APIs.

File is accessed through FileSystem object. Metadata about file is gained through FileSystem.getFileStatus(path) and checksum is calculated using's instance. An input stream to object is provided to messagedigest's instance.


import org.apache.hadoop.conf.Configuration;
import org.apache.hadoop.fs.FileStatus;
import org.apache.hadoop.fs.FileSystem;
import org.apache.hadoop.fs.Path;
import org.apache.hadoop.hdfs.DFSConfigKeys;

public class HeadObject {
	 * This program deletes the specified object/file from the HDFS.
	public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException, NoSuchAlgorithmException{
		Configuration conf = new Configuration(true);	//Create a configuration object to define hdfs properties
		conf.set(DFSConfigKeys.FS_DEFAULT_NAME_KEY, "hdfs://"); // URL for your namenode
		conf.set(DFSConfigKeys.DFS_REPLICATION_KEY, "3"); // Replication count for files you write
		Path filePath = new Path("/queryio/demo/file1.txt");	//defines a dfs path to file1.txt

		FileSystem dfs = FileSystem.get(conf);	//Hadoop FileSystem object with configuration
		FileStatus fs = dfs.getFileStatus(filePath);	//HEAD Object operation: Return a file status object that represents the path.
		InputStream is =;	//InputStream to the file1.txt
		MessageDigest md = MessageDigest.getInstance("MD5");	// Generates a MessageDigest object that implements the MD5 algorithm.
		try {
		  is = new DigestInputStream(is, md);	//stream that updates the associated message digest using the bits going through the stream
		  // read stream to EOF as normal...
		finally {
		  is.close();	//close InputStream
		byte[] digest = md.digest();	//Completes the hash computation by performing final operations
		//displaying metadata about file1.txt
		System.out.println("Length : " + fs.getLen());
		System.out.println("Modification Time : " + new Timestamp(fs.getModificationTime()));
		System.out.println("Checksum : " + new String(digest));		

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