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Output Operations on DStreams

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7 April 2015


Output Operations on DStreams

Output operations allow DStream’s data to be pushed out external systems like a database or a file systems. Since the output operations actually allow the transformed data to be consumed by external systems, they trigger the actual execution of all the DStream transformations (similar to actions for RDDs). Currently, the following output operations are defined:

Output OperationMeaning
print() Prints first ten elements of every batch of data in a DStream on the driver node running the streaming application. This is useful for development and debugging.
Python API This is called pprint() in the Python API.
saveAsTextFiles(prefix, [suffix]) Save this DStream's contents as a text files. The file name at each batch interval is generated based on prefix and suffix: "prefix-TIME_IN_MS[.suffix]".
saveAsObjectFiles(prefix, [suffix]) Save this DStream's contents as a SequenceFile of serialized Java objects. The file name at each batch interval is generated based on prefix and suffix: "prefix-TIME_IN_MS[.suffix]".
Python API This is not available in the Python API.
saveAsHadoopFiles(prefix, [suffix]) Save this DStream's contents as a Hadoop file. The file name at each batch interval is generated based on prefix and suffix: "prefix-TIME_IN_MS[.suffix]".
Python API This is not available in the Python API.
foreachRDD(func) The most generic output operator that applies a function, func, to each RDD generated from the stream. This function should push the data in each RDD to a external system, like saving the RDD to files, or writing it over the network to a database. Note that the function func is executed in the driver process running the streaming application, and will usually have RDD actions in it that will force the computation of the streaming RDDs.

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