Run Nutch In Eclipse on Linux and Windows nutch version 0.9

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Before you start

Setting up Nutch to run into Eclipse can be tricky, and most of the time you are much faster if you edit Nutch in Eclipse but run the scripts from the command line (my 2 cents). However, it's very useful to be able to debug Nutch in Eclipse. But again you might be quicker by looking at the logs (logs/hadoop.log)...


For Windows Users

If you are running Windows (tested on Windows XP) you must first install cygwin

Download cygwin from

Install cygwin and set PATH variable for it.

It's in control panel, system, advanced tab, environment variables and edit/add PATH

I have in PATH like:


If you run "bash" in Start->RUN->cmd.exe it should work.

Then you should install tools from Microsoft website (adding 'whoami' command).

Example for Windows XP and sp2

Then you can follow rest of these steps

Install Nutch

Create a new java project in Eclipse

Configure Nutch

Missing org.farng and com.etranslate

Eclipse will complain about some import statements in parse-mp3 and parse-rtf plugins (30 errors in my case). Because of incompatibility with the Apache license, the .jar files that define the necessary classes were not included with the source code.

Download them here:

Copy the jar files into src/plugin/parse-mp3/lib and src/plugin/parse-rtf/lib/ respectively. Then add the jar files to the build path (First refresh the workspace by pressing F5. Then right-click the project folder > Build Path > Configure Build Path... Then select the Libraries tab, click "Add Jars..." and then add each .jar file individually).

Build Nutch

If you setup the project correctly, Eclipse will build Nutch for you into "tmp_build". See below for problems you could run into.

Create Eclipse launcher


urls -dir crawl -depth 3 -topN 50

-Dhadoop.log.dir=logs -Dhadoop.log.file=hadoop.log

Java Heap Size problem

If you find in hadoop.log line similar to this:

2009-04-13 13:41:06,105 WARN  mapred.LocalJobRunner - job_local_0001
java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space

You should increase amount of RAM for running applications from eclipse.

Just set it in:

Eclipse -> Window -> Preferences -> Java -> Installed JREs -> edit -> Default VM arguments

I've set mine to

-Xms5m -Xmx150m

because I have like 200MB RAM left after runnig all apps

-Xms (minimum ammount of RAM memory for running applications) -Xmx (maximum)

Debug Nutch in Eclipse

Fetcher [line: 371] - run
Fetcher [line: 438] - fetch
Fetcher$FetcherThread [line: 149] - run()
Generator [line: 281] - generate
Generator$Selector [line: 119] - map
OutlinkExtractor [line: 111] - getOutlinks

If things do not work...

Yes, Nutch and Eclipse can be a difficult companionship sometimes ;-)

eclipse: Cannot create project content in workspace

The nutch source code must be out of the workspace folder. My first attempt was download the code with eclipse (svn) under my workspace. When I try to create the project using existing code, eclipse don't let me do it from source code into the workspace. I use the source code out of my workspace and it work fine.

plugin dir not found

Make sure you set your plugin.folders property correct, instead of using a relative path you can use a absolute one as well in nutch-defaults.xml or may be better in nutch-site.xml


No plugins loaded during unit tests in Eclipse

During unit testing, Eclipse ignored conf/nutch-site.xml in favor of src/test/nutch-site.xml, so you might need to add the plugin directory configuration to that file as well.

Unit tests work in eclipse but fail when running ant in the command line

Suppose your unit tests work perfectly in eclipse, but each and everyone fail when running ant test in the command line - including the ones you haven't modified. Check if you defined the plugin.folders property in hadoop-site.xml. In that case, try removing it from that file and adding it directly to nutch-site.xml

Run ant test again. That should have solved the problem.

If that didn't solve the problem, are you testing a plugin? If so, did you add the plugin to the list of packages in plugin\build.xml, on the test target?


debugging hadoop classes

Original credits: RenaudRichardet

RunNutchInEclipse0.9 (last edited 2010-06-25 09:33:25 by dslb-094-217-033-112)