Apache Zeppelin – Interpreter configuration

In earlier posts, I describe how to build and configure Zeppelin 0.6.0 and Zeppelin-With-R. Here is how the interpreters are configured.

The following interpreters are mentioned in this post:

  • Spark
  • Hive

Spark interpreter configuration in this post has been tested and works on the following Apache Spark versions:

  • 1.5.0
  • 1.5.2
  • 1.6.0


Basic Spark

Once the page loads, click on Interpreter tab.

Edit spark interpreter

Change the master parameter

master yarn-client

Add 2 properties

spark.driver.extraJavaOptions -Dhdp.version=
spark.yarn.am.extraJavaOptions -Dhdp.version=

The bare minimum is now reached. How to get control over the Spark ports is described here.


Edit default.url parameter under Hive interpreter

default.url jdbc:hive2://hiveserver2:10000

Add 3 properties to hive interpreter

hive.hiveserver2.password hive
hive.hiveserver2.url jdbc:hive2://hiveserver2:10000
hive.hiveserver2.user hive

Testing Zeppelin

Create new Notebook and test it.


zeppelin scala test


zeppelin sparkSQL test


zeppelin Hive test


zeppelin pyspark test

3 thoughts on “Apache Zeppelin – Interpreter configuration

  1. Hi! thank you so much. Finally I got rid of those Java Socket errors while trying to run Spark.

    Now I have this new error which is a bit shorter but I couldn’t really find a way to debug it.

    Below are some few lines from my log.

    INFO [2016-07-18 12:28:56,815] ({pool-2-thread-2} Logging.scala[logInfo]:59) – Successfully started service ‘HTTP class server’ on port 38005.

    ERROR [2016-07-18 12:28:59,695] ({pool-2-thread-2} Utils.java[instantiateClass]:74) – SparkJLineCompletion
    java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: SparkJLineCompletion


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