SparkLauncher — Launching Spark Applications Programmatically

SparkLauncher is an interface to launch Spark applications programmatically, i.e. from a code (not spark-submit directly). It uses a builder pattern to configure a Spark application and launch it as a child process using spark-submit.

SparkLauncher belongs to org.apache.spark.launcher Scala package in spark-launcher build module.

SparkLauncher uses SparkSubmitCommandBuilder to build the Spark command of a Spark application to launch.

Table 1. SparkLauncher's Builder Methods to Set Up Invocation of Spark Application
Setter Description

addAppArgs(String…​ args)

Adds command line arguments for a Spark application.

addFile(String file)

Adds a file to be submitted with a Spark application.

addJar(String jar)

Adds a jar file to be submitted with the application.

addPyFile(String file)

Adds a python file / zip / egg to be submitted with a Spark application.

addSparkArg(String arg)

Adds a no-value argument to the Spark invocation.

addSparkArg(String name, String value)

Adds an argument with a value to the Spark invocation. It recognizes known command-line arguments, i.e. --master, --properties-file, --conf, --class, --jars, --files, and --py-files.

directory(File dir)

Sets the working directory of spark-submit.


Redirects stderr to stdout.

redirectError(File errFile)

Redirects error output to the specified errFile file.

redirectError(ProcessBuilder.Redirect to)

Redirects error output to the specified to Redirect.

redirectOutput(File outFile)

Redirects output to the specified outFile file.

redirectOutput(ProcessBuilder.Redirect to)

Redirects standard output to the specified to Redirect.

redirectToLog(String loggerName)

Sets all output to be logged and redirected to a logger with the specified name.

setAppName(String appName)

Sets the name of an Spark application

setAppResource(String resource)

Sets the main application resource, i.e. the location of a jar file for Scala/Java applications.

setConf(String key, String value)

Sets a Spark property. Expects key starting with spark. prefix.

setDeployMode(String mode)

Sets the deploy mode.

setJavaHome(String javaHome)

Sets a custom JAVA_HOME.

setMainClass(String mainClass)

Sets the main class.

setMaster(String master)

Sets the master URL.

setPropertiesFile(String path)

Sets the internal propertiesFile.

See loadPropertiesFile Internal Method.

setSparkHome(String sparkHome)

Sets a custom SPARK_HOME.

setVerbose(boolean verbose)

Enables verbose reporting for SparkSubmit.

After the invocation of a Spark application is set up, use launch() method to launch a sub-process that will start the configured Spark application. It is however recommended to use startApplication method instead.

import org.apache.spark.launcher.SparkLauncher

val command = new SparkLauncher()

val appHandle = command.startApplication()