You will need Python, some OS packages, a Database and Node.js.


Hue employs some Python modules which use native code and requires certain development libraries be installed on your system. To install from the tarball, you'll need these library development packages and tools installed on your system:

Versions supported:

  • Python 3.8
  • Python 3.9
# If you are using Python 3.8, set PYTHON_VER before the build, like
export PYTHON_VER=python3.8

# Export ROOT which should point to your Hue directory
export ROOT=<path_to_hue_directory>


Hue is being ran the most with MySQL InnoDB, PostgreSQL or Oracle.

MySQL / MariaDB

The client lib MySQL-python is already included so it should work out of the box.


With the recent OSs like Ubuntu 20.04 or using Python 3, the MySQL-python lib won't compile properly and will produce an error similar to:

_mysql.c:44:10: fatal error: my_config.h: No such file or directory
  44 | #include "my_config.h"
      |          ^~~~~~~~~~~~~

The lib folder needs to be swapped with Unfortunately for licensing reason (GPL vs Apache) this can't be officially done in the Hue repository.

Remove and add the compatible MySql lib with these two commands:

git cherry-pick 7a9100d4a7f38eaef7bd4bd7c715ac1f24a969a8
git cherry-pick e67c1105b85b815346758ef1b9cd714dd91d7ea3

git clean -fdx

make apps

Read HUE-9390 for more details.


You would need the OS python-psycopg2 or Python psycopg2.


How to install the client lib.

Version 11

Download both instantclient-basic and instantclient-sdk of the same version ( for this example) and on your ~/.bash_profile, add

export ORACLE_HOME=/usr/local/share/oracle
export VERSION=
export ARCH=x86_64

and then

source ~/.bash_profile
sudo mkdir -p $ORACLE_HOME
sudo chmod 775 $ORACLE_HOME

then unzip the content of both downloaded zip files into the newly created $ORACLE_HOME in a way that the ‘sdk’ folder is at the same level with the other files and then

ln -s libclntsh.dylib.11.1 libclntsh.dylib
ln -s libocci.dylib.11.1 libocci.dylib

and finally

cd sdk

Version 12

Hue comes with an older Oracle client cx_Oracle-5.2.1 Python module so it will fail. We need to do the above client install and then upgrade Hue's client module to at least cx_Oracle-5.3.

Make sure you have the python-dev package dependencies, ensure that ORACLE_HOME and LB_LIBRARY_PATH are properly set so that pip knows which version to install, then:


./build/env/bin/pip install cx_Oracle

Tip: You can also wget the proper cx_Oracle file yourself:

Tip: Going to where is the Oracle client, e.g. /usr/local/share/oracle then creating a symlink similar to below could even trick the cx_Oracle-5.2.1 module to work with 12.2 without doing the pip upgrade:

ln -s

There is more details on this Apply Temporary Workaround for Oracle 12 Client.


OS Packages


sudo apt-get install git ant gcc g++ libffi-dev libkrb5-dev libmysqlclient-dev libsasl2-dev libsasl2-modules-gssapi-mit libsqlite3-dev libssl-dev libxml2-dev libxslt-dev make maven libldap2-dev python-dev python-setuptools libgmp3-dev

With Python 3, also:

sudo apt-get install python3.8-dev python3-distutils


sudo yum install ant asciidoc cyrus-sasl-devel cyrus-sasl-gssapi cyrus-sasl-plain gcc gcc-c++ krb5-devel libffi-devel libxml2-devel libxslt-devel make mysql mysql-devel openldap-devel python-devel sqlite-devel gmp-devel
  • mvn (from apache-maven package or maven3 tarball)
  • libtidy (for unit tests only)
  • openssl-devel (for version 7+)


zypper in ant asciidoc cyrus-sasl-devel cyrus-sasl-gssapi cyrus-sasl-plain gcc gcc-c++ krb5-devel libffi-devel libxml2-devel libxslt-devel make mysql mysql-devel openldap2-devel python-devel sqlite-devel gmp-devel

Tip: if you run into building kerberos extension issue and see message krb5-config: command not found, install and append it to environment variable PATH.

rpm -ql krb5-devel | grep krb5-config ## find the path of krb5-config
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/lib/mit/bin


M1 or Intel based Macs with Python 3

This is a verified step-by-step guide on how to get Hue up and running on a fresh installation of macOS (Big Sur, Monterey 12.0.1), tested on both M1 and Intel based MacBook Pro.

  1. Clone the Hue repo

    git clone

  2. Install Brew (if not already installed)

    /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

  3. Install postgres (unless you prefer something else)

    brew install postgresql@14

  4. Start Postgres

    brew services start postgresql@14

  5. Create the hue database and set permissions

    # Create the DB
    createdb hue_d --lc-collate='en_US.UTF-8' -T "template0"
    # Connect to the dbms shell
    psql -s hue_d
    # Run the following lines one by one
    create user hue_u with password 'huepassword';
    grant all privileges on database hue_d to hue_u;
  6. Install gmp, openssl and libffi (Note some might be installed from postgres)

    brew install gmp openssl libffi

  7. Install python, tested with the macOS 64-bit installer 3.8.10 direct download from

    • For Intel Macs, only Python 3.8 works as April 2022. Python 3.8 via Homebrew might work. However, direct download from is preferred and tested.
  8. Install node and npm (unless already present) using nvm or brew

    brew install node

  9. In the hue directory run:

    export PYTHON_VER=python3.8
    export SKIP_PYTHONDEV_CHECK=true
    export CFLAGS="-I$(xcrun --show-sdk-path)/usr/include/sasl"
    export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/opt/libffi/lib -L/usr/local/opt/[email protected]/lib"
    export CPPFLAGS="-L/usr/local/opt/libffi/lib/include -L/usr/local/opt/[email protected]/lib/include"

    Also export ROOT which should point to your Hue directory:

    export ROOT=<path_to_hue_directory>

    Then run:

    make apps
  10. Configure Hue to your liking, edit


    According to step 5 above for postgres, set under [desktop]:

  11. If you use postgres as configured in the previous step you'll need to add the psycopg2 lib manually

    ./build/env/bin/pip install psycopg2-binary

  12. Apply migrations (if any)

    ./build/env/bin/hue makemigrations
    ./build/env/bin/hue migrate
  13. Start Hue

    ./build/env/bin/hue runserver

10.14, 10.15

Install Dependencies via Homebrew

brew install [email protected] maven gmp openssl libffi

Install Xcode command line tools

sudo xcode-select --install

Fix openssl errors (required for MacOS 10.11+)

export LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib && export CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/opt/openssl/include

If runserver stops abruptly with a "zsh: abort" message

export DYLD_FALLBACK_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/opt/openssl/lib

If runserver stops abruptly with a loading libcrypto in an unsafe way message

sudo mkdir /usr/local/lib
# depends on your openssl version, link the following files to /usr/local/lib
sudo ln -s /opt/homebrew/Cellar/openssl@3/3.0.2/lib/libcrypto.3.dylib /usr/local/lib/libcrypto.dylib
sudo ln -s /opt/homebrew/Cellar/openssl@3/3.0.2/lib/libssl.3.dylib /usr/local/lib/libssl.dylib

If you are getting Could not find Python.h message


On macOS 10.15+, install an older version of openssl

brew uninstall --ignore-dependencies openssl && brew install

Fix the possible missing Python headers message by installing the MacOS SDK headers

On macOS 10.14.x

open /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/Packages/macOS_SDK_headers_for_macOS_10.14.pkg

On macOS 10.15.x

sudo ln -s /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/SDKs/MacOSX.sdk/usr/include/* /usr/local/include/


e.g. how to install on Ubuntu:

curl -sL | sudo bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

For Centos / Red Hat use this source:

curl -sL | sudo bash -
sudo yum install -y nodejs

Upgrade to npm 10+:

npm install --global npm



Java is only for the JDBC proxy connector which is not built automatically anymore.

Install Oracle JDK

On Ubuntu 16.04 or less only:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

On Centos:

On Mac:

brew cask install adoptopenjdk

Supported Browsers

The two latest LTS versions of each browsers:

  • Edge
  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Firefox