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Realtime Event Processing in Hadoop with NiFi, Kafka and Storm

Set Up Simulator, Apache Services and IDE Environment

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In this tutorial, we are going to set up all the services required to run the Connected Car Application(Trucking Demo). We will install NiFi onto our Hortonworks Sandbox while activating Kafka and Storm for later use in the tutorial series. We will also walkthrough how to set up an IDE on our local machine for Storm development testing and deploy our Storm project to the Sandbox for further testing.


Table 1: Virtual Machine Information

Parameter Value (VirtualBox) Value(VMware) Value(MS Azure)
Host Name
Port 2222 2222 22
Terminal Username root root {username-of-azure}
Terminal Password hadoop hadoop {password-of-azure}

Note: Host Name values are unique for VMware & Azure Sandbox compared to the table. For VMware and VirtualBox, Host Name is located on welcome screen. For Azure, Host Name is located under Public IP Address on Sandbox Dashboard. For Azure users, the terminal username and password is one you created while deploying the sandbox on azure. For VMware and VirtualBox users, terminal password changes after first login.

  • Added to your /private/etc/hosts file (mac and linux users)
  • Added to your /c/Windows/System32/Drivers/etc/hosts file (windows 7 users)

The following terminal commands in the tutorial instructions are performed in VirtualBox Sandbox and Mac machine. For windows users, to run the following terminal commands, download Git Bash.

If on mac or linux, to add to your list of hosts, open the terminal, enter the following command, replace {Host-Name} with the appropriate host for your sandbox:

echo '{Host-Name}' | sudo tee -a /private/etc/hosts

If on windows 7, to add to your list of hosts, open git bash, enter the following command, replace {Host-Name} with the appropriate host for your sandbox:

echo '{Host-Name}' | tee -a /c/Windows/System32/Drivers/etc/hosts



Section 1: Setup NiFi Environment

  • Install and Activate NiFi By Ambari Install Wizard

Step 1: Install NiFi

NiFi will be installed into the Ambari Stack of the Hortonworks Sandbox VirtualBox image because it
will be used to activate the truck events simulator and transport data to Kafka.

1. If you do not have NiFi installed on your sandbox, refer to Section 2: Setup NiFi on Sandbox by Ambari Wizard from Tutorial 0: Download, Install, and Start NiFi of
Learning the Ropes of Apache NiFi for step-by-step instructions.

Step 2: Start NiFi

1. To activate the NiFi service, refer to Section 2: Start NiFi via Ambari Service from Tutorial 0: Set Up NiFi Environment of
Learning the Ropes of Apache NiFi for step-by-step instructions.

Section 2: Setup Kafka Service

  • Activate Kafka and Configure with Zookeeper

We need to setup Kafka because it will be used as secure cluster or the location
where NiFi transports the data. Storm will pull that data from the cluster and
push it into it’s topology(dataflow).

Step 1: Start Kafka

1.1 Access Ambari

If you haven’t reset your Ambari admin password, refer to Section 2.2 SETUP AMBARI ADMIN PASSWORD MANUALLY from Learning the Ropes of the Hortonworks Sandbox. Login to Ambari to activate Kafka. Enter the URL in your browser


Note: username for admin is admin. Password is the password you defined.

1.2 Use Ambari to Activate Kafka

1. Click on Kafka located in the left sidebar list of installed services. (If Kafka is not installed, refer to Appendix A: Install Kafka instructions.):


2. Click on Service Actions -> Start located at the top left of the Kafka Services Page:

3. Check the Turn off Maintenance Mode for Kafka box and click on Confirm Start:

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 3.06.10 PM.png

Wait for Kafka to start.

Step 2: Configure Kafka with Zookeeper

ZooKeeper is the coordination interface between the Kafka broker and consumers:

Single Broker based Kakfa cluster

The important Zookeeper properties can be checked in Ambari.

2.1 Configure ZooKeeper

Click on ZooKeeper in the list of services, then open the Configs tab. Verify ZooKeeper runs on port 2181:


If this port 2181 is busy or consumed by other processes, you can change the default port number of ZooKeeper to any other valid port number. If ZooKeeper is not running, you can start the Zookeeper service from Ambari:


2.2 Configure Kafka

From the Kafka page, click on the Configs tab. Verify the zookeeper.connect property points to your ZooKeeper server name and port:

Section 3: Setup Storm & HBase Services

  • Activate Storm & HBase

We need to setup the Storm & HBase services because storm will deploy a topology
that is configured to send data to HBase and HBase is used to create the tables
that storm populates.

Step 1: Start Storm & HBase

1. View the HBase Services page

From the previous tutorials: HDFS, Hive, YARN and Kafka should already be running but HBase may be down. From the Dashboard page of Ambari, click on HBase from the list of installed services.


1.1 Setup HBase

2. Start HBase

From the HBase page, click on Service Actions -> Start


Check the box and click on Confirm Start:


Wait for HBase to start (It may take a few minutes to turn green)


1.2 Setup Storm

3. Start Storm the same way we started HBase in the previous steps. We will need it later for streaming real-time event data.


4. After starting storm, a green check symbol will be present:


Now that we have storm activated, we need to download a storm demo project for
later when we use Storm’s Visualization feature.

5. Let’s SSH into the sandbox by shell:

ssh -p 2222

6. We will download the demo project because it contains the necessary
code and configuration properties required for storm to deploy the topology.

cd /home/nifi
git clone -b hdp25experiment
chown -R nifi:hadoop iot-truck-streaming/

7. Navigate to the iot-truck-streaming folder, which is the location where the
appropriate storm configuration files reside for configuring our topology.

cd /home/nifi/iot-truck-streaming

8. Since we are at the base of our project, let’s export our storm demo
configurations. We will create a new folder storm_demo as the new location
where storm will look for instructions on configuring the storm topology:

sudo mkdir /etc/storm_demo
sudo cp /etc/storm_demo/
sudo cp -R storm-demo-webapp/routes/ /etc/storm_demo/

Note: Storm will refer to the properties in the file to configure the topology.

You can use the Ambari dashboard to check status of other components too. If HDFS, Hive, YARN are down, you can start them in the same way: by selecting the service and then using the Service Actions to start it. The remaining components do not have to be up. (Oozie can be stopped to save memory, as it is not needed for this tutorial)

Section 4: Run the Simulator by Terminal

  • Understand the Stream Simulator Functionality
  • Run the Simulator By Shell

The simulator must be setup in order for NiFi to pull data from it and push
that data into the dataflow.

Stream Simulator

The stream simulator is a lightweight framework that generates truck event data. The simulator uses New York City Truck Routes (kml) which defines driver road paths with Latitude and Longitude information.

The simulator uses Akka to simplify concurrency, messaging and inheritance. It has two Plain Old Java Objects (POJOS), one for Trucks and another for Drivers that generate the events. Consequently, the AbstractEventEmitter class becomes extended while the onReceive method generates events, creates new Actors, sends messages to Actors and delivers those events to an EventCollector class. This class’s purpose is to collect events generated from the domain objects and print them to standard output. Let’s run the simulator through the terminal and see the events that are generated.

Step 1: Run the Simulator By shell

Before we run the simulator, let’s install and download the simulator. For VMware and Azure users, refer to Table 1 for more details on using ssh for that environment. For windows users, download Git Bash to run the terminal commands.

1.1 Setup The Simulator

1. If you have not already ssh into sandbox shell, type the command to access the sandbox by shell:

ssh -p 2222

2. Install Apache Maven. We will use it to compile the simulator code,
so we can activate the simulator by shell or NiFi later. Execute the command:

cd /home/nifi/iot-truck-streaming

Note: You will be prompted to allow maven to install, type ‘y’ for yes

After your maven package installs, you should obtain the message: Complete!

3. For maven to run, it needs to detect the pom.xml file. Rename pom25.xml to pom.xml, copy/paste the commands:

mv -f storm-streaming/pom25.xml storm-streaming/pom.xml

/usr/maven/bin/mvn clean package -DskipTests

Note: You should receive that all sub projects compiled successfully.

1.2 Run The Simulator

1. To test the simulator, run script.

cd stream-simulator
chmod 750 *.sh

Note: press ctrl+c stop the simulator

You should see message data generated. The data in the image includes logs as can be seen in the top portion and truck events bottom portion. We will use NiFi to separate this data.


Note: runs java source code located at /home/nifi/iot-truck-streaming/stream-simulator/src/main/java/com/hortonworks/streaming/impl/collectors/ If you would like to see modify/run the code.

Section 5: Setup Intellij IDE Locally and Run Topologies on Sandbox

  • Setup Intellij For Hadoop Related Development
  • Run Topologies On Sandbox that were built on Local Machine

We will use Intellij as our editor to write and change storm code on our local computer and then send our storm project to the sandbox.

Step 1: Install Intellij Locally

If you have not installed Intellij, refer to JetBrains Installing and Launching instructions.

Step 2: Download Trucking Demo for Development with IDE

Earlier we cloned the iot-truck-streaming project from github onto our sandbox. Now we will clone it onto our local machine.

1. Perform the git clone command on the local machine. Feel free to clone it in any directory, just remember the location. In the tutorial, let’s clone it in our Documents folder.

cd ~/Documents
git clone -b hdp25experiment

Note: You may receive an error if you don’t have git installed on your local machine.

Step 3: Open Trucking Demo in Intellij

1. Open Intellij. On the welcome screen, click on the Open button. We will open our iot-truck-streaming project.


2. Select iot-truck-streaming project.


3. Intellij will display the project in its IDE.


Step 4: Configure Intellij To Recognize Maven Project

You’ll notice, the image icons next to the code files have small red circles on them. Intellij does not recognize the Trucking Demo is a Maven Project. The solution we will use is to run mvn clean package from the command line and cause Intellij to warn us that Maven Projects need to be imported to be recognized by the IDE. When the Enable Auto-Import box appears in Intellij, we will activate for Maven projects.

1. Let’s begin the process to run maven against our Trucking Demo Project.

4.1 Specify pom.xml for Maven

  • For maven to work, we have to tell it which pom file to use from the storm-streaming directory. Let’s rename pom25 to pom using shell.
mv iot-truck-streaming/storm-streaming/pom25.xml iot-truck-streaming/storm-streaming/pom.xml

4.2 Compile and Package Demo Files into Jar

  • Now that we specified the pom for maven, it knows how to build the project. Let’s execute the command:
cd iot-truck-streaming
mvn clean package -DskipTests

Output should show success for each sub project within the overall project.


Apache Maven command:

mvn clean deletes everything in the target folder. For example, if this was the second time you ran the mvn command from iot-truck-streaming folder, the storm-streaming folder as well as other folders that contain pom.xml files will have their target folders impacted. Clean part of the command removes the old target folder, while the package part of the command compiles the code and packages it into jar files according to the pom file.

Note: packaging may take around 9 minutes. Add -DskipTests to the end of mvn command to speed up process.

Why is Maven important for development testing?

It enables developers to test their large software projects that contain many
java files at fast speeds.

4.3 Instruct Intellij to Enable Auto-Import for Maven Projects

1. Switch to the Intellij IDE to see if it recognizes the Maven Project.

2. As you run maven, you will see in Intellij that a box in the top right corner appears and states Maven projects need to be imported. Click on Enable Auto-Import.


4.4 Intellij Recognizes Trucking Demo is Maven Project

  • Notice that the icons next to the code files changed to blue circles.


Note: If you want to make commits to github from Intellij, feel free to try out Intellij’s git feature, else ignore the “Add Files to Git” Window if it appears.

4.5 Intellij Setup To Develop Hadoop Projects Locally

1. Now we can develop our storm code from the storm-streaming folder directly on our local machine. Feel free to explore the code, modify or add bolts, spouts, or topology.


2. Once you’ve added or modified the code, we can run mvn command used earlier to package our storm project into a jar.

cd ~/Documents/iot-truck-streaming
mvn clean package -DskipTests

Note: If you want to add an enhancement to the demo, all you need to do is re-execute the above steps and the new modifications will be added to the jar.

3. As you will see, mvn generates a target folder in every sub project folder; for instance, let’s view the project we are working on, storm-streaming, it’s target folder contains:

ls -ltr storm-streaming/target


Notice the target folder contains storm-streaming-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar file. This jar is a collection of java classes for our storm project. When you add an enhancement to the demo and maven is executed, the jar file will be removed and replaced with a new version.

4. Let’s send our jar to the sandbox for later use in tutorial 3.

scp -P 2222 ~/Documents/iot-truck-streaming/storm-streaming/target/storm-streaming-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar

Note: Each time we update the demo, we have to transport the latest jar file to the sandbox.


Since we can build jars on our local machine and have an instance of the iot-truck-streaming project on our sandbox with the appropriate configurations, we can make changes to our code locally, and then send the jar to any directory on our sandbox. In our case, we will send it to storm-streaming/target folder. This approach makes it easy to develop storm topologies locally, and test it on an HDP environment. Therefore, we can test if our code performs as expected by viewing the topology visually through the Storm View’s Visualization. For example, did we connect our spouts and bolts properly. We can also use HBase to view if Storm sending the proper data to the tables. We will perform these tests in tutorial 3

Further Reading

Refer to Readings below if you want to learn best practices for installing and configuring the NiFi, Kafka, Storm, Simulator, IDE Environments

Appendix A: Install Kafka

Follow these steps if your version of the Sandbox does not have Kafka installed:

1. From the Ambari Dashboard, select Actions -> Add Service:

2. Select Kafka from the list of Services and click Next:

3. Keep clicking Next with the selected defaults until you reach the following screen:

4. Set the value of logs.dir to  /tmp/kafka-logs

5. Click the Deploy button:

6. Wait for Kafka to install:

7. After Kafka is installed, you may be asked to restart some dependent Services. Please select the appropriate Services and click Restart.

Appendix B: Enable remote desktop on sandbox and set up Storm topology as Eclipse project

  1. Setup Ambari VNC service on the sandbox to enable remote desktop via VNC and install eclipse using steps here
  2. Import code as Eclipse project using steps here:

Appendix C: Update iot-truck-streaming Project

  • Copy /etc/hbase/conf/hbase-site.xml to src/main/resources/ directory
[root@sandbox ~]# cd /iot-truck-streaming
[root@sandbox ~]# cp /etc/hbase/conf/hbase-site.xml src/main/resources/
  • Check pom.xml to ensure it includes the below dependencies (check after line 104)



  • recompile the Maven project. This may run for 10+ min
[root@sandbox ~]# mvn clean package

The maven build should succeed.