I’ve been using Spark for close to 2 years now but because I’ve always used it largely on clusters at work, I’ve never really had to struggle with the minutae of enabling monitoring pages like the Spark History Server UI etc.

Now that I’m exploring some advanced concepts in Spark, one of the first things I learnt was enabling the Spark History Server locally i.e on a Standalone installation.

Let’s assume that our Spark installation’s version is 2.3.2 and we’ve extracted the binary into /opt/spark-2.3.2-bin-hadoop2.7.

By the name itself, it’s evident that the Spark History Server is a…server. In that, it can be served as a webapp of its own and can be accessed at a particular port. It can be served from the sbin folder of spark-2.3.2-bin-hadoop2.7. But before we can do this, a couple of config values need to be set.

  • In /opt/spark-2.3.2-bin-hadoop2.7/conf, we initially have a spark-defaults.conf.template. Make a copy of that and rename it an actual config file like so -

cp spark-defaults.conf.template spark-defaults.conf

  • Next we’ll create a folder called “spark-events” in a folder where we want to store the logs of the spark jobs we’ll be executing. In this case, that folder is /opt/spark-2.3.2/logs/. Now /opt/spark-2.3.2-bin-hadoop2.7/logs/spark-events is in place.

  • Next we’ll go back to the spark-defaults.conf file we created and add three lines in it -
    spark.eventLog.enabled           true  
    spark.eventLog.dir               file:/opt/spark-2.3.2-bin-hadoop2.7/logs/spark-events  
    spark.history.fs.logDirectory    file:/opt/Softwares/spark-2.3.2-bin-hadoop2.7/logs/spark-events
  • Finally, we start the spark-history-server as /opt/spark-2.3.2-bin-hadoop-2.7/sbin/start-history-server.sh

  • Any errors occurring in this process can be looked up in the history server logs under the new logs folder we just created.

It can be accessed at localhost:18080 and it should look like this -