Use Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ to create Spark applications for an HDInsight cluster

Use the Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ plug-in to develop Spark applications written in Scala, and then submit them to an HDInsight Spark cluster directly from the IntelliJ integrated development environment (IDE). You can use the plug-in in a few ways:

  • Develop and submit a Scala Spark application on an HDInsight Spark cluster.
  • Access your Azure HDInsight Spark cluster resources.
  • Develop and run a Scala Spark application locally.

To create your project, view the Create Spark Applications with the Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ video.


You can use this plug-in to create and submit applications only for an HDInsight Spark cluster on Linux.


Install Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ

For installation instructions, see Install Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ.

Get Started

User can either sign in to Azure subscription, or link a HDInsight cluster using Ambari username/password or domain joined credential to start.

Sign in to your Azure subscription

  1. Start the IntelliJ IDE, and open Azure Explorer. On the View menu, select Tool Windows, and then select Azure Explorer.

    The Azure Explorer link

  2. Right-click the Azure node, and then select Sign In.

  3. In the Azure Sign In dialog box, select Sign in, and then enter your Azure credentials.

    The Azure Sign In dialog box

  4. After you're signed in, the Select Subscriptions dialog box lists all the Azure subscriptions that are associated with the credentials. Select the Select button.

    The Select Subscriptions dialog box

  5. On the Azure Explorer tab, expand HDInsight to view the HDInsight Spark clusters that are in your subscription.

    HDInsight Spark clusters in Azure Explorer

  6. To view the resources (for example, storage accounts) that are associated with the cluster, you can further expand a cluster-name node.

    An expanded cluster-name node

You can link a normal HDInsight cluster by using the Ambari managed username. Similarly, for a domain-joined HDInsight cluster, you can link by using the domain and username, such as

  1. Select Link a cluster from Azure Explorer.

    link cluster context menu

  2. Enter Cluster Name, User Name and Password. You need to check the username and password if got the authentication failure. Optionally, add Storage Account, Storage Key, then select a container from Storage Container. Storage information is for storage explorer in the left tree

    link cluster dialog


    We use the linked storage key, username and password if the cluster both logged in Azure subscription and Linked a cluster. storage explorer in IntelliJ

  3. You can see a Linked cluster in HDInsight node if the input information is right. Now you can submit an application to this linked cluster.

    linked cluster

  4. You also can unlink a cluster from Azure Explorer.

    unlinked cluster

Run a Spark Scala application on an HDInsight Spark cluster

  1. Start IntelliJ IDEA, and then create a project. In the New Project dialog box, do the following:

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

    b. In the Build tool list, select either of the following, according to your need:

    • Maven, for Scala project-creation wizard support
    • SBT, for managing the dependencies and building for the Scala project

      The New Project dialog box

  2. Select Next.

  3. The Scala project-creation wizard automatically detects whether you've installed the Scala plug-in. Select Install.

    Scala Plugin Check

  4. To download the Scala plug-in, select OK. Follow the instructions to restart IntelliJ.

    The Scala plugin installation dialog box

  5. In the New Project window, do the following:

    Selecting the Spark SDK

    a. Enter a project name and location.

    b. In the Project SDK drop-down list, select Java 1.8 for the Spark 2.x cluster, or select Java 1.7 for the Spark 1.x cluster.

    c. In the Spark version drop-down list, Scala project creation wizard integrates the proper version for 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 2.0.2 (Scala 2.11.8).

  6. Select Finish.

  7. The Spark project automatically creates an artifact for you. To view the artifact, do the following:

    a. On the File menu, select Project Structure.

    b. In the Project Structure dialog box, select Artifacts to view the default artifact that is created. You can also create your own artifact by selecting the plus sign (+).

    Artifact info in the dialog box

  8. Add your application source code by doing the following:

    a. In Project Explorer, right-click src, point to New, and then select Scala Class.

    Commands for creating a Scala class from Project Explorer

    b. In the Create New Scala Class dialog box, provide a name, select Object in the Kind box, and then select OK.

    Create New Scala Class dialog box

    c. In the MyClusterApp.scala file, paste the following code. The code reads the data from HVAC.csv (available on all HDInsight Spark clusters), retrieves the rows that have only one digit in the seventh column in the CSV file, and writes the output to /HVACOut under the default storage container for the cluster.

     import org.apache.spark.SparkConf
     import org.apache.spark.SparkContext
     object MyClusterApp{
         def main (arg: Array[String]): Unit = {
         val conf = new SparkConf().setAppName("MyClusterApp")
         val sc = new SparkContext(conf)
         val rdd = sc.textFile("wasb:///HdiSamples/HdiSamples/SensorSampleData/hvac/HVAC.csv")
         //find the rows that have only one digit in the seventh column in the CSV file
         val rdd1 =  rdd.filter(s => s.split(",")(6).length() == 1)
  9. Run the application on an HDInsight Spark cluster by doing the following:

    a. In Project Explorer, right-click the project name, and then select Submit Spark Application to HDInsight.

    The Submit Spark Application to HDInsight command

    b. You are prompted to enter your Azure subscription credentials. In the Spark Submission dialog box, provide the following values, and then select Submit.

    • For Spark clusters (Linux only), select the HDInsight Spark cluster on which you want to run your application.

    • Select an artifact from the IntelliJ project, or select one from the hard drive.

    • In the Main class name box, select the ellipsis (...), select the main class in your application source code, and then select OK.

      The Select Main Class dialog box

    • Because the application code in this example does not require command-line arguments or reference JARs or files, you can leave the remaining boxes empty. After you provide all the information, the dialog box should resemble the following image.

      The Spark Submission dialog box

    c. The Spark Submission tab at the bottom of the window should start displaying the progress. You can also stop the application by selecting the red button in the Spark Submission window.

    The Spark Submission window

    To learn how to access the job output, see the "Access and manage HDInsight Spark clusters by using Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ" section later in this article.

Debug Spark applications locally or remotely on an HDInsight cluster

We also recommend another way of submitting the Spark application to the cluster. You can do so by setting the parameters in the Run/Debug configurations IDE. For more information, see Debug Spark applications locally or remotely on an HDInsight cluster with Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ through SSH.

Access and manage HDInsight Spark clusters by using Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ

You can perform various operations by using Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ.

Access the job view

  1. In Azure Explorer, expand HDInsight, expand the Spark cluster name, and then select Jobs.

    Job view node

  2. In the right pane, the Spark Job View tab displays all the applications that were run on the cluster. Select the name of the application for which you want to see more details.

    Application details


  3. To display basic running job information, hover over the job graph. To view the stages graph and information that every job generates, select a node on the job graph.

    Job stage details

  4. To view frequently used logs, such as Driver Stderr, Driver Stdout, and Directory Info, select the Log tab.

    Log details

  5. You can also view the Spark history UI and the YARN UI (at the application level) by selecting a link at the top of the window.

Access the Spark history server

  1. In Azure Explorer, expand HDInsight, right-click your Spark cluster name, and then select Open Spark History UI.

  2. When you're prompted, enter the cluster's admin credentials, which you specified when you set up the cluster.

  3. On the Spark history server dashboard, you can use the application name to look for the application that you just finished running. In the preceding code, you set the application name by using val conf = new SparkConf().setAppName("MyClusterApp"). Therefore, your Spark application name is MyClusterApp.

Start the Ambari portal

  1. In Azure Explorer, expand HDInsight, right-click your Spark cluster name, and then select Open Cluster Management Portal (Ambari).

  2. When you're prompted, enter the admin credentials for the cluster. You specified these credentials during the cluster setup process.

Manage Azure subscriptions

By default, Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ lists the Spark clusters from all your Azure subscriptions. If necessary, you can specify the subscriptions that you want to access.

  1. In Azure Explorer, right-click the Azure root node, and then select Manage Subscriptions.

  2. In the dialog box, clear the check boxes next to the subscriptions that you don't want to access, and then select Close. You can also select Sign Out if you want to sign out of your Azure subscription.

Convert existing IntelliJ IDEA applications to use Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ

You can convert the existing Spark Scala applications that you created in IntelliJ IDEA to be compatible with Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ. You can then use the plug-in to submit the applications to an HDInsight Spark cluster.

  1. For an existing Spark Scala application that was created through IntelliJ IDEA, open the associated .iml file.

  2. At the root level is a module element like the following:

     <module org.jetbrains.idea.maven.project.MavenProjectsManager.isMavenModule="true" type="JAVA_MODULE" version="4">

    Edit the element to add UniqueKey="HDInsightTool" so that the module element looks like the following:

     <module org.jetbrains.idea.maven.project.MavenProjectsManager.isMavenModule="true" type="JAVA_MODULE" version="4" UniqueKey="HDInsightTool">
  3. Save the changes. Your application should now be compatible with Azure Toolkit for IntelliJ. You can test it by right-clicking the project name in Project Explorer. The pop-up menu now has the option Submit Spark Application to HDInsight.


Error in local run: Please use a larger heap size

In Spark 1.6, if you're using a 32-bit Java SDK during local run, you might encounter the following errors:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: System memory 259522560 must be at least 4.718592E8. Please use a larger heap size.
    at org.apache.spark.memory.UnifiedMemoryManager$.getMaxMemory(UnifiedMemoryManager.scala:193)
    at org.apache.spark.memory.UnifiedMemoryManager$.apply(UnifiedMemoryManager.scala:175)
    at org.apache.spark.SparkEnv$.create(SparkEnv.scala:354)
    at org.apache.spark.SparkEnv$.createDriverEnv(SparkEnv.scala:193)
    at org.apache.spark.SparkContext.createSparkEnv(SparkContext.scala:288)
    at org.apache.spark.SparkContext.<init>(SparkContext.scala:457)
    at LogQuery$.main(LogQuery.scala:53)
    at LogQuery.main(LogQuery.scala)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
    at com.intellij.rt.execution.application.AppMain.main(

These errors happen because the heap size is not large enough for Spark to run. Spark requires at least 471 MB. (For more information, see SPARK-12081.) One simple solution is to use a 64-bit Java SDK. You can also change the JVM settings in IntelliJ by adding the following options:

-Xms128m -Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=300m -ea

Adding options to the "VM options" box in IntelliJ


When link a cluster, I would suggest you to provide credential of storage.

Link cluster, provide storage credential

There are two modes to submit the jobs. If storage credential is provided, batch mode will be used to submit the job. Otherwise, interactive mode will be used. If the cluster is busy, you might get the error below.

Intellij get error when cluster busy

Intellij get error when cluster busy

Feedback and known issues

Currently, viewing Spark outputs directly is not supported.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, or if you encounter any problems when you use this plug-in, email us at

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