There is a good description of this problem in Hadop the Definitive Guide book by Tom White. There is also priorities as what format to choose in terms of compression, splitability, etc.
Also these articles can be helpful:


On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 5:28 PM, dyuti a <hadoop.hive04@gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks Mohammad, i have to check with other scenarios.

On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM, Mohammad Tariq <dontariq@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello Dyuti,

   Hadoop works with almost all types of files. You can find more about that on another thread here :

    Mohammad Tariq

On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM, dyuti a <hadoop.hive04@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi All,
I worked with .txt , .csv and .xml type of input files in hadoop. Please help me to know other types of files that Hadoop MR works with. if possible help me with a link or blog.

Thanks & Regards,