Get started with Azure Data Lake Store using Java

Learn how to use the Azure Data Lake Store Java SDK to perform basic operations such as create folders, upload and download data files, etc. For more information about Data Lake, see Azure Data Lake Store.

You can access the Java SDK API docs for Azure Data Lake Store at Azure Data Lake Store Java API docs.


  • Java Development Kit (JDK 7 or higher, using Java version 1.7 or higher)
  • Azure Data Lake Store account. Follow the instructions at Get started with Azure Data Lake Store using the Azure Portal.
  • Maven. This tutorial uses Maven for build and project dependencies. Although it is possible to build without using a build system like Maven or Gradle, these systems make is much easier to manage dependencies.
  • (Optional) And IDE like IntelliJ IDEA or Eclipse or similar.

How do I authenticate using Azure Active Directory?

In this tutorial we use a Azure AD application client secret to retrieve an Azure Active Directory token (service-to-service authentication). We use this token to create an Data Lake Store client object to perform operations file and directory operations. For instructions on how to authenticate with Azure Data Lake Store using the client secret, we perform the following high-level steps:

  1. Create an Azure AD web application
  2. Retrieve the client ID, client secret, and token endpoint for the Azure AD web application.
  3. Configure access for the Azure AD web application on the Data Lake Store file/folder that you want to access from the Java application you are creating.

For instructions on how to perform these steps, see Create an Active Directory application.

Azure Active Directory provides other options as well to retrieve a token. You can pick from a number of different authentication mechanisms to suit your scenario, for example, an application running in a browser, an application distributed as a desktop application, or a server application running on-premises or in an Azure virtual machine. You can also pick from different types of credentials like passwords, certificates, 2-factor authentication, etc. In addition, Azure Active Directory allows you to synchronize your on-premises Active Directory users with the cloud. For details, see Authentication Scenarios for Azure Active Directory.

Create a Java application

The code sample available on GitHub walks you through the process of creating files in the store, concatenating files, downloading a file, and deleting some files in the store. This section of the article walk you through the main parts of the code.

  1. Create a Maven project using mvn archetype from the command-line or using an IDE. For instructions on how to create a Java project using IntelliJ, see here. For instructions on how to create a project using Eclipse, see here.
  2. Add the following dependencies to your Maven pom.xml file. Add the following snippet of text between the </version> tag and the </project> tag:


    The first dependency is to use the Data Lake Store SDK (azure-data-lake-store-sdk) from the maven repository. The second dependency (slf4j-nop) is to specify which logging framework to use for this application. The Data Lake Store SDK uses slf4j logging fa├žade, which lets you choose from a number of popular logging frameworks, like log4j, Java logging, logback, etc., or no logging. For this example, we will disable logging, hence we use the slf4j-nop binding. To use other logging options in your app, see here.

Add the application code

There are three main parts to the code.

  1. Obtain the Azure Active Directory token
  2. Use the token to create a Data Lake Store client.
  3. Use the Data Lake Store client to perform operations.

Step 1: Obtain an Azure Active Directory token.

The Data Lake Store SDK provides convenient methods that let you manage the security tokens needed to talk to the Data Lake Store account. However, the SDK does not mandate that only these methods be used. You can use any other means of obtaining token as well, like using the Azure Active Directory SDK, or your own custom code.

To use the Data Lake Store SDK to obtain token for the Active Directory Web application you created earlier, use one of the subclasses of AccessTokenProvider (the example below uses ClientCredsTokenProvider). The token provider caches the creds used to obtain the token in memory, and automatically renews the token if it is about to expire. It is possible to create your own subclasses of AccessTokenProvider so tokens are obtained by your customer code, but for now let's just use the one provided in the SDK.

Replace FILL-IN-HERE with the actual values for the Azure Active Directory Web application.

private static String clientId = "FILL-IN-HERE";
private static String authTokenEndpoint = "FILL-IN-HERE";
private static String clientKey = "FILL-IN-HERE";

AccessTokenProvider provider = new ClientCredsTokenProvider(authTokenEndpoint, clientId, clientKey);

Step 2: Create an Azure Data Lake Store client (ADLStoreClient) object

Creating an ADLStoreClient object requires you to specify the Data Lake Store account name and the token provider you generated in the last step. Note that the Data Lake Store account name needs to be a fully qualified domain name. For example, replace FILL-IN-HERE with something like

private static String accountFQDN = "FILL-IN-HERE";  // full account FQDN, not just the account name
ADLStoreClient client = ADLStoreClient.createClient(accountFQDN, provider);

Step 3: Use the ADLStoreClient to perform file and directory operations

The code below contains example snippets of some common operations. You can look at the full Data Lake Store Java SDK API docs of the ADLStoreClient object to see other operations.

Note that files are read from and written into using standard Java streams. This means that you can layer any of the Java streams on top of the Data Lake Store streams to benefit from standard Java functionality (e.g., Print streams for formatted output, or any of the compression or encryption streams for additional functionality on top, etc.).

 // create file and write some content
 String filename = "/a/b/c.txt";
 OutputStream stream = client.createFile(filename, IfExists.OVERWRITE  );
 PrintStream out = new PrintStream(stream);
 for (int i = 1; i <= 10; i++) {
     out.println("This is line #" + i);
     out.format("This is the same line (%d), but using formatted output. %n", i);

// set file permission
client.setPermission(filename, "744");

// append to file
stream = client.getAppendStream(filename);

// Read File
InputStream in = client.getReadStream(filename);
byte[] b = new byte[64000];
while ( != -1) {

// concatenate the two files into one
List<String> fileList = Arrays.asList("/a/b/c.txt", "/a/b/d.txt");
client.concatenateFiles("/a/b/f.txt", fileList);

//rename the file
client.rename("/a/b/f.txt", "/a/b/g.txt");

// list directory contents
List<DirectoryEntry> list = client.enumerateDirectory("/a/b", 2000);
System.out.println("Directory listing for directory /a/b:");
for (DirectoryEntry entry : list) {

// delete directory along with all the subdirectories and files in it

Step 4: Build and run the application

  1. To run from within an IDE, locate and press the Run button. To run from Maven, use exec:exec.
  2. To produce a standalone jar that you can run from command-line build the jar with all dependencies included, using the Maven assembly plugin. The pom.xml in the example source code on github has an example of how to do this.

Next steps