Spark Simple Example

Word Count Application

Once you have Spark installed and have it up and running, you can run the data analytics queries using Spark API.

These are simple commands to read the data from a text file and process it. We’ll look at advanced use cases of using Spark framework in the future articles in this series.

First, let’s use Spark API to run the popular Word Count example. Open a new Spark Scala Shell if you don’t already have it running. Here are the commands for this example.

import org.apache.spark.SparkContext
import org.apache.spark.SparkContext._
val txtFile = ""
val txtData = sc.textFile(txtFile)


We call the cache function to store the RDD created in the above step in the cache, so Spark doesn’t have to compute it every time we use it for further data queries. Note that cache() is a lazy operation. Spark doesn’t immediately store the data in memory when we call cache. It actually takes place when an action is called on an RDD.

Now, we can call the count function to see how many lines are there in the text file.


Now, we can run the following commands to perform the word count. The count shows up next to each word in the text file.

val wcData = txtData.flatMap(l => l.split(" ")).map(word => (word, 1)).reduceByKey(_ + _)


If you want to look at more code examples of using Spark Core API, checkout Spark documentation on their website.

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