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Airflow Livy Operators

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Lets Airflow DAGs run Spark jobs via Livy:

  • Sessions,
  • Batches. This mode supports additional verification via Spark/YARN REST API.

See this blog post for more information and detailed comparison of ways to run Spark jobs from Airflow.

Directories and files of interest

  • airflow_home/plugins: Airflow Livy operators' code.
  • airflow_home/dags: example DAGs for Airflow.
  • batches: Spark jobs code, to be used in Livy batches.
  • sessions: Spark code for Livy sessions. You can add templates to files' contents in order to pass parameters into it.
  • helper shell script. Can be used to run sample DAGs, prep development environment and more. Run it to find out what other commands are available.

How do I... the examples?



  1. Optional - this step can be skipped if you're mocking a cluster on your machine. Open Inside init_airflow() function you'll see Airflow Connections for Livy, Spark and YARN. Redefine as appropriate.
  2. run ./ up to bring up the whole infrastructure. Airflow UI will be available at localhost:8888.
  3. Ctrl+C to stop Airflow. Then ./ down to dispose of remaining Airflow processes (shouldn't be required if everything goes well. Run this if you can't start Airflow again due to some non-informative errors) .

... use it in my project?

pip install airflow-livy-operators

This is how you import them:

from airflow_livy.session import LivySessionOperator
from airflow_livy.batch import LivyBatchOperator

See sample DAGs under airflow_home/dags to learn how to use the operators.

... set up the development environment?

Alright, you want to contribute and need to be able to run the stuff on your machine, as well as the usual niceness that comes with IDEs (debugging, syntax highlighting).

  • run ./ dev to install all dev dependencies.
  • ./ updev runs Airflow with local operators' code (as opposed to pulling them from PyPi). Useful for development.
  • (Pycharm-specific) point PyCharm to your newly-created virtual environment: go to "Preferences" -> "Project: airflow-livy-operators" -> "Project interpreter", select "Existing environment" and pick python3 executable from venv folder (venv/bin/python3)
  • ./ cov - run tests with coverage report (will be saved to htmlcov/).
  • ./ lint - highlight code style errors.
  • ./ format to reformat all code. (This project relies on Black + isort)
  • ./ pypi - generate the package for PyPi.

... debug?

  • (Pycharm-specific) Step-by-step debugging with airflow test and running PySpark batch jobs locally (with debugging as well) is supported via run configurations under .idea/runConfigurations. You shouldn't have to do anything to use them - just open the folder in PyCharm as a project.
  • An example of how a batch can be ran on local Spark:
python ./batches/ \
"file:////Users/vpanov/data/vpanov/bigdata-docker-compose/data/grades.csv" \
"file:///Users/vpanov/data/vpanov/bigdata-docker-compose/data/ssn-address.tsv" \
-file1_sep=, -file1_header=true \
-file1_schema="\`Last name\` STRING, \`First name\` STRING, SSN STRING, Test1 INT, Test2 INT, Test3 INT, Test4 INT, Final INT, Grade STRING" \
-file1_join_column=SSN -file2_header=false \
-file2_schema="\`Last name\` STRING, \`First name\` STRING, SSN STRING, Address1 STRING, Address2 STRING" \
-file2_join_column=SSN -output_header=true \
-output_columns="file1.\`Last name\` AS LastName, file1.\`First name\` AS FirstName, file1.SSN, file2.Address1, file2.Address2" 

# Optionally append to save result to file


  • - replace with modern tools (e.g. pipenv + Docker image)
  • Disable some of flake8 flags for cleaner code
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