What is the use of Combiners in the Hadoop framework?

Combiners are used to increase the efficiency of a MapReduce program. They are used to aggregate intermediate map output locally on individual mapper outputs.
Combiners can help you reduce the amount of data that needs to be transferred across to the reducers.
You can use your reducer code as a combiner if the operation performed is commutative and associative.
The execution of combiner is not guaranteed; Hadoop may or may not execute a combiner. Also, if required it may execute it more than 1 times. Therefore your MapReduce jobs should not depend on the combiners’ execution.