Error while executing MapReduce WordCount program (Type mismatch in key from map: expected, received

Quite often I see questions from people who are comparatively new to the Hadoop world or just starting their Hadoop journey that they are getting below specified error while executing the traditional WordCount program :

Type mismatch in key from map: expected, received

If you are also getting this error then you have to set your MapOutputKeyClass explicitly like this :

- If you are using the older MapReduce API then do this :

 - And if you are using the new MapReduce API then do this :

REASON : The reason for this is that your MapReduce application might be using TextInputFormat as the InputFormat class and this class generates keys of type LongWritable and values of type Text by default. But your application might be expecting keys of type Text. That's why you get this error.

NOTE : For detailed information you can visit the official MapReduce page.

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