Installing Apache Spark 1.6.x on a multinode cluster

I am running a HDP 2.3.4 multinode cluster with Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 on all my nodes. The Spark in this post is installed on my client node. My cluster has HDFS and YARN, among other services. All were installed from Ambari. This is not the case for Apache Spark 1.6, because Hortonworks does not offer Spark 1.6 on HDP 2.3.4

The documentation on Spark version 1.6 is here.

My post on setting up Apache Spark 2.0.0.



Update and upgrade the system and install Java

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk -y

Add JAVA_HOME in the system variables file

sudo vi /etc/environment
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64

Spark user

Create user spark and add it to group hadoop

sudo adduser spark
sudo usermod -a -G hadoop spark

HDFS home directory for user spark

Create spark’s user folder in HDFS

sudo -u hdfs hadoop fs -mkdir -p /user/spark
sudo -u hdfs hadoop fs -chown -R spark:hdfs /user/spark

Spark installation and configuration

Install Spark

Create directory where spark directory is going to reside. Hortonworks installs its services under /usr/hdp. I am following their lead so I am installing all Apache services under /usr/apache. Create the directory and step into it.

sudo mkdir /usr/apache
cd /usr/apache

Download Spark 1.6.0 from I have Hadoop 2.7.1, version 2.6 does the trick.

sudo wget

Unpack the tar file

sudo tar -xvzf spark-1.6.0-bin-hadoop2.6.tgz

Remove the tar file after it has been unpacked

sudo rm spark-1.6.0-bin-hadoop2.6.tgz

Change the ownership of the folder and its elements

sudo chown -R spark:spark spark-1.6.0-bin-hadoop2.6

Update system variables

Step into the spark 1.6.0 directory and run pwd to get full path

cd spark-1.6.0-bin-hadoop2.6

Update the system environment file by adding SPARK_HOME and adding Spark_HOME/bin to the PATH

sudo vi /etc/environment

export SPARK_HOME=/usr/apache/spark-1.6.0-bin-hadoop2.6

At the end of PATH add


Refresh the system environments

source /etc/environment

Change the owner of $SPARK_HOME to spark

sudo chown -R spark:spark $SPARK_HOME

Log and pid directories

Create log and pid directories

sudo mkdir /var/log/spark
sudo chown spark:spark /var/log/spark
sudo -u spark mkdir $SPARK_HOME/run

Spark configuration files

Hive configuration

sudo -u spark vi $SPARK_HOME/conf/hive-site.xml
<!--Make sure that <value> points to the Hive Metastore URI in your cluster -->
<description>URI for client to contact metastore server</description>

Spark environment file

Create a new file in under $SPARK_HOME/conf

sudo vi conf/

Add the following lines and adjust aaccordingly.

export SPARK_LOG_DIR=/var/log/spark
export HADOOP_HOME=${HADOOP_HOME:-/usr/hdp/current/hadoop-client}
export HADOOP_CONF_DIR=${HADOOP_CONF_DIR:-/usr/hdp/current/hadoop-client/conf}
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64
export SPARK_SUBMIT_OPTIONS="--jars ${SPARK_HOME}/lib/spark-csv_2.10-1.4.0.jar"

The last line serves as an example how to add external libreries to Spark. This particular package is quite common and is advised to install it. The package can be downloaded from this site.

Spark default file

Fetch HDP version

hdp-select status hadoop-client | awk '{print $3;}'

Example output

Create spark-defaults.conf file in $SPARK_HOME/conf

sudo -u spark vi conf/spark-defaults.conf

Add the following and adjust accordingly (some properties belong to Spark History Server whose configuration is explained in the post in the link below)

spark.driver.extraJavaOptions -Dhdp.version= -Dhdp.version=
spark.eventLog.dir hdfs:///spark-history
spark.eventLog.enabled true
spark.history.fs.logDirectory hdfs:///spark-history
spark.history.provider org.apache.spark.deploy.history.FsHistoryProvider
spark.history.ui.port 18080

spark.history.kerberos.keytab none
spark.history.kerberos.principal none

spark.yarn.containerLauncherMaxThreads 25
spark.yarn.driver.memoryOverhead 384
spark.yarn.executor.memoryOverhead 384
spark.yarn.historyServer.address spark-server:18080
spark.yarn.max.executor.failures 3
spark.yarn.preserve.staging.files false
spark.yarn.queue default
spark.yarn.scheduler.heartbeat.interval-ms 5000
spark.yarn.submit.file.replication 3

spark.jars.packages com.databricks:spark-csv_2.10:1.4.0 lzf

spark.blockManager.port 38000
spark.broadcast.port 38001
spark.driver.port 38002
spark.executor.port 38003
spark.fileserver.port 38004
spark.replClassServer.port 38005

The ports are defined in this configuration file. If they are not, then Spark assigns random ports. More on ports and assigning them in Spark can be found here.


Create java-opts file in $SPARK_HOME/conf and add your HDP version

sudo -u spark vi conf/java-opts


Fixing links in Ubuntu

Since the Hadoop distribution is Hortonworks and Spark is Apache’s, some workaround is in place. Remove the default link and create new ones

sudo rm /usr/hdp/current/spark-client
sudo ln -s /usr/apache/spark-1.6.0-bin-hadoop2.6 /usr/hdp/current/spark-client
sudo ln -s /usr/hdp/current/spark-client/bin/sparkR /usr/bin/sparkR

Spark 1.6.0 is now ready.

How Spark History Server is configured and brought to life is explained here.

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