Process & Analyze Databricks Data in Databricks (AWS)

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Databricks JDBC Driver

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Host the CData JDBC Driver for Databricks in AWS and use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Databricks data.

Databricks is a cloud-based service that provides data processing capabilities through Apache Spark. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver, customers can use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Databricks data. This article walks through hosting the CData JDBC Driver in AWS, as well as connecting to and processing live Databricks data in Databricks.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Databricks data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Databricks, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Databricks and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Databricks data using native data types.

Install the CData JDBC Driver in Databricks

To work with live Databricks data in Databricks, install the driver on your Databricks cluster.

  1. Navigate to your Databricks administration screen and select the target cluster.
  2. On the Libraries tab, click "Install New."
  3. Select "Upload" as the Library Source and "Jar" as the Library Type.
  4. Upload the JDBC JAR file (cdata.jdbc.databricks.jar) from the installation location (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Databricks\lib).

Access Databricks Data in your Notebook: Python

With the JAR file installed, we are ready to work with live Databricks data in Databricks. Start by creating a new notebook in your workspace. Name the notebook, select Python as the language (though Scala is available as well), and choose the cluster where you installed the JDBC driver. When the notebook launches, we can configure the connection, query Databricks, and create a basic report.

Configure the Connection to Databricks

Connect to Databricks by referencing the JDBC Driver class and constructing a connection string to use in the JDBC URL.

Step 1: Connection Information

driver = "cdata.jdbc.databricks.DatabricksDriver"
url = "jdbc:databricks:Server=127.0.0.1;Port=443;TransportMode=HTTP;HTTPPath=MyHTTPPath;UseSSL=True;User=MyUser;Password=MyPassword;"

Built-in Connection String Designer

For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Databricks JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

java -jar cdata.jdbc.databricks.jar

Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

To connect to a Databricks cluster, set the properties as described below.

Note: The needed values can be found in your Databricks instance by navigating to Clusters, and selecting the desired cluster, and selecting the JDBC/ODBC tab under Advanced Options.

  • Server: Set to the Server Hostname of your Databricks cluster.
  • HTTPPath: Set to the HTTP Path of your Databricks cluster.
  • Token: Set to your personal access token (this value can be obtained by navigating to the User Settings page of your Databricks instance and selecting the Access Tokens tab).

Load Databricks Data

Once you configure the connection, you can load Databricks data as a dataframe using the CData JDBC Driver and the connection information.

Step 2: Reading the data

remote_table = spark.read.format ( "jdbc" ) \
	.option ( "driver" , driver) \
	.option ( "url" , url) \
	.option ( "dbtable" , "Customers") \
	.load ()

Display Databricks Data

Check the loaded Databricks data by calling the display function.

Step 3: Checking the result

display (remote_table.select ("City"))

Analyze Databricks Data in Databricks

If you want to process data with Databricks SparkSQL, register the loaded data as a Temp View.

Step 4: Create a view or table

remote_table.createOrReplaceTempView ( "SAMPLE_VIEW" )

With the Temp View created, you can use SparkSQL to retrieve the Databricks data for reporting, visualization, and analysis.

% sql

SELECT City, CompanyName FROM SAMPLE_VIEW ORDER BY CompanyName DESC LIMIT 5

The data from Databricks is only available in the target notebook. If you want to use it with other users, save it as a table.

remote_table.write.format ( "parquet" ) .saveAsTable ( "SAMPLE_TABLE" )

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for Databricks and start working with your live Databricks data in Databricks. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.