Use HDInsight Tools for IntelliJ with Hortonworks Sandbox

Learn how to use HDInsight Tools for IntelliJ to develop Apache Scala applications, and then test the applications on Hortonworks Sandbox running on your computer.

IntelliJ IDEA is a Java integrated development environment (IDE) for developing computer software. After you develop and test your applications on Hortonworks Sandbox, you can move the applications to Azure HDInsight.


Before you begin this tutorial, you must have the following items:

To install the plug-ins:

  1. Open IntelliJ IDEA.
  2. On the Welcome page, select Configure, and then select Plugins.
  3. In the lower-left corner, select Install JetBrains plugin.
  4. Use the search function to search for Scala, and then select Install.
  5. To complete the installation, select Restart IntelliJ IDEA.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to install Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ. For more information, see Install Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ.

Create an Apache Spark Scala application

In this section, you create a sample Scala project by using IntelliJ IDEA. In the next section, you link IntelliJ IDEA to the Hortonworks Sandbox (emulator) before you submit the project.

  1. Open IntelliJ IDEA on your computer. In the New Project dialog box, complete these steps:

    1. Select HDInsight > Spark on HDInsight (Scala).

    2. In the Build tool list, select one of the following, based on your scenario:

      • Maven: For Scala project-creation wizard support.
      • SBT: For managing dependencies and building for the Scala project.

    The New Project dialog box

  2. Select Next.

  3. In the next New Project dialog box, complete the following steps:

    1. In the Project name box, enter a project name.

    2. In the Project location box, enter a project location.

    3. Next to the Project SDK drop-down list, select New, select JDK, and then specify the folder for Java JDK version 1.7 or later. Select Java 1.8 for the Spark 2.x cluster. Select Java 1.7 for the Spark 1.x cluster. The default location is C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.x_xxx.

    4. In the Spark version drop-down list, the Scala project creation wizard integrates the correct version for the Spark SDK and Scala SDK. If the Spark cluster version is earlier than 2.0, select Spark 1.x. Otherwise, select Spark2.x. This example uses Spark 1.6.2 (Scala 2.10.5). Ensure that you are using the repository marked Scala 2.10.x. Do not use the repository marked Scala 2.11.x.

      Create IntelliJ Scala project properties

  4. Select Finish.

  5. If the Project view is not already open, press Alt+1 to open it.

  6. In Project Explorer, expand the project, and then select src.

  7. Right-click src, point to New, and then select Scala class.

  8. In the Name box, enter a name. In the Kind box, select Object. Then, select OK.

    The Create New Scala Class dialog box

  9. In the .scala file, paste the following code:

     import java.util.Random
     import org.apache.spark.{SparkConf, SparkContext}
     import org.apache.spark.SparkContext._
     * Usage: GroupByTest [numMappers] [numKVPairs] [valSize] [numReducers]
     object GroupByTest {
         def main(args: Array[String]) {
             val sparkConf = new SparkConf().setAppName("GroupBy Test")
             var numMappers = 3
             var numKVPairs = 10
             var valSize = 10
             var numReducers = 2
             val sc = new SparkContext(sparkConf)
             val pairs1 = sc.parallelize(0 until numMappers, numMappers).flatMap { p =>
             val ranGen = new Random
             var arr1 = new Array[(Int, Array[Byte])](numKVPairs)
             for (i <- 0 until numKVPairs) {
                 val byteArr = new Array[Byte](valSize)
                 arr1(i) = (ranGen.nextInt(Int.MaxValue), byteArr)
             // Enforce that everything has been calculated and in cache.
  10. On the Build menu, select Build project. Ensure that the compilation finishes successfully.

Before you can link to a Hortonworks Sandbox (emulator), you must have an existing IntelliJ application.

To link to an emulator:

  1. Open the project in IntelliJ.

  2. On the View menu, select Tools Windows, and then select Azure Explorer.

  3. Expand Azure, right-click HDInsight, and then select Link an Emulator.

  4. In the Link A New Emulator dialog box, enter the password that you've set for the root account of the Hortonworks Sandbox. Next, enter values similar to those used in the following screenshot. Then, select OK.

    The Link a New Emulator dialog box

  5. To configure the emulator, select Yes.

When the emulator is successfully connected, the emulator (Hortonworks Sandbox) is listed on the HDInsight node.

Submit the Spark Scala application to the Hortonworks Sandbox

After you have linked IntelliJ IDEA to the emulator, you can submit your project.

To submit a project to an emulator:

  1. In Project Explorer, right-click the project, and then select Submit Spark application to HDInsight.

  2. Complete the following steps:

    1. In the Spark cluster (Linux only) drop-down list, select your local Hortonworks Sandbox.
    2. In the Main class name box, select or enter the main class name. For this tutorial, the name is GroupByTest.
  3. Select Submit. The job submission logs are shown in the Spark submission tool window.

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