Using the HBase Shell
After you create an HBase cluster, the next step is to connect to HBase so you can begin reading and writing data. You can use the HBase shell to test commands.
To open the HBase shell
Use SSH to connect to the master server in the HBase cluster. For information about how to connect to the master node using SSH, see Connect to the Master Node Using SSH.
hbase shell. The HBase shell opens with a prompt similar to the following example:
You can issue HBase shell commands from the prompt. For more information about the shell commands and how to call them, type help at the HBase prompt and press Enter.
Create a Table
The following command creates a table named 't1' that has a single column family named 'f1':
hbase(main):001:0>create 't1', 'f1'
Put a Value
The following command puts value 'v1' for row 'r1' in table 't1' and column 'f1':
hbase(main):001:0>put 't1', 'r1', 'f1:col1', 'v1'
Get a Value
The following command gets the values for row 'r1' in table 't1':
hbase(main):001:0>get 't1', 'r1'