I can get Spark on it through the Software Center, but how do I get pyspark?


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pyspark is available via pypi.

So all you need to install pyspark is pip and execute the following command.

pip install pyspark or sudo pip install pyspark


pyspark is a python binding to the spark program written in Scala.

As long as you have Java 6+ and Python 2.6+ you can download pre-built binaries for spark from the download page. Make sure that the java and python programs are on your PATH or that the JAVA_HOME environment variable is set. Follow these steps to get started;

  1. Unzip and move the unzipped directory to a working directory:

    tar -xzf spark-1.4.0-bin-hadoop2.6.tgz

    mv spark-1.4.0-bin-hadoop2.6 /srv/spark-1.4.8

  2. Symlink the version of Spark to a spark directory:

    ln -s /srv/spark-1.4.8 /srv/spark

  3. Edit ~/.bash_profile using your favorite text editor and add Spark to your PATH and set the SPARK_HOME environment variable:

    export SPARK_HOME=/srv/spark

    export PATH=$SPARK_HOME/bin:$PATH

Now you should be able to execute pyspark by running the command pyspark in the terminal.

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  • You also need git installed. Found out the hard way when installing on a clean virtual image...
    – bangnab
    Dec 8, 2015 at 14:46

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