Connect to Databricks Data in RapidMiner

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Databricks JDBC Driver

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Integrate Databricks data with standard components and data source configuration wizards in RapidMiner Studio.

This article shows how you can easily integrate the CData JDBC driver for Databricks into your processes in RapidMiner. This article uses the CData JDBC Driver for Databricks to transfer Databricks data to a process in RapidMiner.

Connect to Databricks in RapidMiner as a JDBC Data Source

You can follow the procedure below to establish a JDBC connection to Databricks:

  1. Add a new database driver for Databricks: Click Connections -> Manage Database Drivers.
  2. In the resulting wizard, click the Add button and enter a name for the connection.
  3. Enter the prefix for the JDBC URL: jdbc:databricks:
  4. Enter the path to the cdata.jdbc.databricks.jar file, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  5. Enter the driver class: cdata.jdbc.databricks.DatabricksDriver
  6. Create a new Databricks connection: Click Connections -> Manage Database Connections.
  7. Enter a name for your connection.
  8. For Database System, select the Databricks driver you configured previously.
  9. Enter your connection string in the Host box.

    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).

    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.

    A typical connection string is below:

    Server=127.0.0.1;Port=443;TransportMode=HTTP;HTTPPath=MyHTTPPath;UseSSL=True;User=MyUser;Password=MyPassword;
  10. Enter your username and password if necessary.

You can now use your Databricks connection with the various RapidMiner operators in your process. To retrieve Databricks data, drag the Retrieve operator from the Operators view. With the Retrieve operator selected, you can then define which table to retrieve in the Parameters view by clicking the folder icon next to the "repository entry." In the resulting Repository Browser, you can expand your connection node to select the desired example set.

Finally, wire the output to the Retrieve process to a result, and run the process to see the Databricks data.