The earlier versions of Hudi had maven coordinates com.uber.hoodie and package names starting with com.uber.hoodie.  The first Apache version of Hudi (0.5.0) has both bundle and package names following Apache conventions (org.apache.hudi). This document is intended for engineers who build and operate Hudi datasets for migrating from pre 0.5.0 Hudi version to 0.5.0 (first Apache release).

Implications of package renames:

There are some implications in changing the package names in Hudi. They are:

  1. Custom Hudi hooks written by users (like custom payload class, partition-extractor) needs to be modified to use new base class/interfaces (See below)
  2. Hudi’s integration with query engines like hive and presto relies on Hudi input format class (For e:g com.uber.hoodie.HoodieInputFormat) which is registered in Hive metastore. This input format is part of Hive table definition. As the namespace for these input-format classes have changed, upgrade to 0.5.0 has to be carefully done in specific order to avoid compatibility issues between query engines and Hudi writers.
  3. Some of Hudi’s metadata (of compaction plan, actions like clean/rollback) are in avro format with “com.uber.hoodie” namespace. Also, the record payload class name (which could be is tracked in file. Again, the upgrade needs to be carefully planned to avoid any interoperability issues related to this.

Upgrading your Hudi extensions: 

In some cases, you may have written custom hooks for merging records, transforming upstream data sources and for other purposes.  You would need to be aware of the following changes to base interfaces for these hooks.


Older base-class/interface

New base-class/interface

Own Record Payload to perform custom merging semantics



Custom Partition Value extractor for sycning to hive metastore



Custom Hoodie Key generator from record



Custom Upstream Source for HoodieDeltaStreamer



Custom Datasource transformer for HoodieDeltaStreamer



New Hudi Bundle packages :

   The below table maps the old bundle coordinates with new bundle coordinates


Old Bundle Name 

New Bundle Name
















Changes in Input Format classes for Hive Tables:

Hudi has custom input format implementation to work with Hive tables. These classes are also affected by the change in the package namespace.  In addition, these input format names are renamed to note that they work primarily on Parquet dataset.

Please find the name changes below

View Type

Pre v0.5.0 Input Format Class

v0.5.0 Input Format Class

Read Optimized View



Realtime View



Changes in Spark DataSource Format Name:

With the package renaming, Hudi’s Spark Data Source will now be accessed for reading and writing using the format name “org.apache.hudi”

Data Source Type

Pre v0.5.0 Format (e.g in scala)

v0.5.0 Format (e.g in scala)





Migrating Existing Hudi Datasets:

  This section describes the steps needed to seamlessly move Hudi writers and readers from using com.uber.hoodie:hoodie-* packages to org.apache.hudi:hudi-* packages

Best Practices:

These are some general guidelines on change management for any big data systems but especially important in the context of Hudi migration.

As you are responsible for your organization's data in Hudi, we recommend you have 

  1. Staging Setup: Have non-prod testing environment (staging) with non-trivial datasets. Test any version upgrade in Hudi in this environment before rolling out to production.
  2. Continuous Testing in Staging: With big-data systems, sufficient baking time and traffic  has to pass to verify and harden new versions before they can be rolled out to production. The same is true for upgrades pertaining to Hudi. Make sure due diligence is given in testing in Staging.
  3. Backwards Compatibility Testing: Apache Hudi sits in a unique place in the data lake ecosystem. On one hand, it integrates with the data ingestion side (involving processing engines like Spark, upstream like Kafka, storage like HDFS/S3/GCS) and on the other hand, it has to seamlessly work with query engines (Spark/Hive/Presto).  For large deployments, it may not be possible to stop the world to upgrade all services with new version of Hudi. In those cases, make sure you perform backwards compatibility testing by upgrading reader first.
  4. Gradual Rollout :  Once properly vetted in Staging, Have deployment strategies to production in place such that you can deploy any version upgrade to Hudi to one or a smaller subset of data-sets first in one datacenter (if multi-colo) and validate for some amount of time before rolling out to the entire service.

Recommended Migration Steps:

  1. Upgrade Hudi to 0.4.7 first (recommended):
    1. Using the local dockerized environment, we have manually tested the upgrade from com.uber.hoodie:hoodie-xxx-0.4.7 to org.apache.hudi:hudi-xxx-0.5.0. While the upgrade from pre 0.4.7 release to hudi-0.5.0 should theoretically work, we have not personally tested the migration steps.
  2. Upgrade Readers First : 
    1. Hudi 0.5.0 (org.apache.hudi:hudi-xxx) packages have special classes and implementation to allow for reading datasets that are written by 0.4.7 and pre-0.4.7 versions. Upgrading Writers first could result in queries from old readers failing
  3. Upgrade Hudi Writer Next : 
    1. This should start writing metadata with new namespace “org.apache.hudi” and the query engines (which have already been upgraded) will be able to handle this change.
  4. Register New HoodieInputFormat for Hive Tables: For existing hive tables, change table definition to use new hudi input format.
    1. For Read Optimized Tables: ALTER TABLE table_name SET FILEFORMAT org.apache.hudi.hadoop.HoodieParquetInputFormat;
    2. For Realtime Tables : ALTER TABLE table_name SET FILEFORMAT org.apache.hudi.hadoop.HoodieParquetRealtimeInputFormat;
  5. For MOR tables, update file to rename the configuration value for hoodie.compaction.payload.class from “com.uber.hoodie” to “org.apache.hudi”, We have a utility script that takes in a list of base-paths to be upgraded and does the rename. In theory, there is a small time window where queries and ingestion could see partial file when the utility script is overwriting the file. To be really safe, this operation has to be performed with downtime but in practice you will most likely be fine.  See below for an example invocation: 

    java -cp $HUDI_UTILITIES_BUNDLE:$HADOOP_HOME/share/hadoop/common/hadoop-common-2.8.4.jar org.apache.hudi.utilities.adhoc.UpgradePayloadFromUberToApache --help
    Usage: <main class> [options]
      * --datasets_list_path, -sp
           Local File containing list of base-paths for which migration needs to be performed
        --help, -h


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  1. Balaji Varadarajan we also need to note that the datasource should now use `write.format("org.apache.hudi").`

  2. Thanks Vinoth Chandar. I have updated the document.