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Common Crawl Support Library


This library provides support code for the consumption of the Common Crawl Corpus RAW crawl data (ARC Files) stored on S3. More information about how to access the corpus can be found at .

You can take two primary routes to consuming the ARC File content:

(1) You can run a Hadoop cluster on EC2 or use EMR to run a Hadoop job. In this case, you can use the ARCFileInputFormat to drive data to your mappers/reducers. There are two versions of the InputFormat: One written to conform to the deprecated mapred package, located at and one written for the mapreduce package, correspondingly located at

(2) You can decode data directly by feeding an InputStream to the ARCFileReader class located in the org.commoncrawl.util.shared package.

Both routes (InputFormat or ARCFileReader direct route) produce a tuple consisting of a UTF-8 encoded URL (Text), and the raw content (BytesWritable), including HTTP headers, that were downloaded by the crawler. The HTTP headers are UTF-8 encoded, and the headers and content are delimited by a consecutive set of CRLF tokens. The content itself, when it is of a text mime type, is encoded using the source text encoding.

Build Notes:

  1. You need to define JAVA_HOME, and make sure you have Ant & Maven installed.
  2. Set hadoop.path (in to point to your Hadoop distribution.

Sample Usage:

Once the commoncrawl.jar has been built, you can validate that the ARCFileReader works for you by executing the sample command line from root for the commoncrawl source directory:

./bin/ org.commoncrawl.util.shared.ARCFileReader --awsAccessKey <ACCESS KEY> --awsSecret <SECRET> --file s3n://aws-publicdatasets/common-crawl/parse-output/segment/1341690164240/1341819847375_4319.arc.gz


Common Crawl support library to access 2008-2012 crawl archives (ARC files)




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