To access the HBase shell, you have to navigate to the HBase home folder.
You can start the HBase interactive shell using “hbase shell” command as shown below.
If you have successfully installed HBase in your system, then it gives you the HBase shell prompt as shown below.
HBase Shell; enter 'help<RETURN>' for list of supported commands.
Type "exit<RETURN>" to leave the HBase Shell
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