Spark-Riak Connector Add-on (Riak TS)
Building and Testing

If you want to download the source code of the Spark-Riak connector, build it, and install the results in your local repo, this is the document for you! Keep reading for instructions on downloading, building, and installing the connector.

If you just want to add the connector as a dependency to your application, you’ll want to go here instead.


In order to build the Spark-Riak connector, you’ll need to have the following installed:


Once you’ve installed all of the prerequisites, you need to clone the Spark-Riak connector GitHub repository.

Make sure you’ve navigated to the directory you want the Spark-Riak connector to be in, then run:

git clone


After cloning this repository, you can build the Spark-Riak connector:

mvn clean install

When you run install, the integration tests will execute with the Maven Failsafe Plugin. This ensures the Spark-Riak connector can be built even if there is no Riak cluster running.

To turn on streaming values support for PEX, a special Maven profile, pex_streaming_vals, should be activated. This makes Full Bucket Reads (FBR) more efficient; values will be streamed as a part of the FBR response instead of being fetched in a separate operations.

mvn clean install -P pex_streaming_vals


mvn clean install -Dpex_streaming_vals

The following command should be used to skip tests:

mvn clean install -DskipTests

Once the connector is built several jars are produced: spark-riak-connector/target/ contains spark-riak-connector-{{version}}.jar - this is the connector jar.

You’ll find the results of the build in your local Maven repository in the com/basho/riak directory. Most likely that will be in your home directory and the path will look like this: ~/.m2/repository/com/basho/riak/


For the Spark-Riak connector, unit tests are separated from integration tests. If there is no Riak installation running, it is still possible to successfully run unit tests:

mvn clean test

If Riak is installed it is possible to run both unit tests and integration test. Futhermore, KV-specific integration tests are separated from TS-specific ones. To choose which set of tests to run appropriate Maven profile should be selected:

Profile name Tests Default
riak_ts TS-specific tests and majority of KV-tests no
mvn clean verify -P riak_ts

A Riak host can be provided in com.basho.riak.pbchost variable:

mvn clean verify -P riak_ts -Dcom.basho.riak.pbchost=myhost:8087

If Riak was installed with devrel and is running on localhost on 10017 port, it is possible to use a devrel Maven profile instead:

mvn clean verify -P devrel,riak_ts


mvn clean verify -P riak_ts -Denvironment=devrel

Both of the above will accomplish the same as:

mvn clean verify -P riak_ts -Dcom.basho.riak.pbchost=localhost:10017