How to install Apache Spark for Raspberry Pi

June 01, 2018

In this short note, we will install Apache Spark for Raspberry Pi.


A Raspberry Pi with network. Tested on both Raspberry Pi 3 and 2.


  1. Medium blog post


There are a lot of blog posts about Apache Spark cluster using Raspberry Pi. This will be the initial start to install Apache Spark.

Update Raspberry Pi (Optional)

This is just to update Raspberry Pi software if you haven’t updated those for very long or you get a new Raspberry Pi.

You should/can skip sudo rpi-update if you are afraid of hardware incompatibility with your current hardware setup.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
$ sudo rpi-update

Note: if you run sudo rpi-update, you should reboot the system by using sudo reboot

Install Scala

We need to install Scala programming language to use withing Apache Spark

$ sudo apt-get install scala

Install Apache Spark

You can always check the latest version from here.

$ wget
$ tar -xvzf spark-2.3.0-bin-hadoop2.7.tgz

Run Apache Spark

Once you extracted the zip file, go to that folder and run spark-shell like this.

$ cd spark-2.3.0-bin-hadoop2.7/bin/
$ ./spark-shell

After you run the shell, you will be introduced by the Scala command line like the following.


Type in some Scala programming or just exit by Ctrl + c. We are done installing Apache Spark. Until then.