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How to instantiate a Data Context on Databricks Spark cluster

This guide will help you instantiate a Data Context on an Databricks Spark cluster.

The guide demonstrates the recommended path for instantiating a Data Context without a full configuration directory and without using the Great Expectations command line interface (CLI).

Prerequisites: This how-to guide assumes you have:


This how-to-guide assumes that you are using a Databricks Notebook, and using the Databricks File Store (DBFS) as the Metadata Store and DataDocs store. The DBFS is a file store that is native to Databricks clusters and Notebooks. Files on DBFS can be written and read as if they were on a local filesystem, just by adding the /dbfs/ prefix to the path. For information on how to configure Databricks for filesystems on Azure and AWS, please see the associated documentation in the Additional Notes section below.

  1. Install Great Expectations on your Databricks Spark cluster.

    Copy this code snippet into a cell in your Databricks Spark notebook and run it:

  1. Configure a Data Context in code.

    Follow the steps for creating an in-code Data Context in How to instantiate a Data Context without a yml file using the FilesystemStoreBackendDefaults or configuring stores as in the code block below.


    If you are using DBFS for your stores, make sure to set the root_directory of FilesystemStoreBackendDefaults to /dbfs/ or /dbfs/FileStore/ to make sure you are writing to DBFS and not the Spark driver node filesystem. If you have mounted another file store (e.g. S3 bucket) to use instead of DBFS, you can use that path here instead.

    from great_expectations.data_context.types.base import DataContextConfig, DatasourceConfig, FilesystemStoreBackendDefaultsfrom great_expectations.data_context import BaseDataContext
    # Example RuntimeDataConnector for use with a dataframe batchmy_spark_datasource_config = DatasourceConfig(    class_name="Datasource",    execution_engine={"class_name": "SparkDFExecutionEngine"},    data_connectors={        "insert_your_runtime_data_connector_name_here": {            "module_name": "great_expectations.datasource.data_connector",            "class_name": "RuntimeDataConnector",            "batch_identifiers": [                "some_key_maybe_pipeline_stage",                "some_other_key_maybe_run_id"            ]        }    })
    data_context_config = DataContextConfig(    datasources={"my_spark_datasource": my_spark_datasource_config},    store_backend_defaults=FilesystemStoreBackendDefaults(root_directory="/dbfs/FileStore/"),)context = BaseDataContext(project_config=data_context_config)

    You can have more fine-grained control over where your stores are located by passing the stores parameter to DataContextConfig as in the following example.

    data_context_config = DataContextConfig(    datasources={"my_spark_datasource": my_spark_datasource_config},    stores={        "insert_your_custom_expectations_store_name_here": {            "class_name": "ExpectationsStore",            "store_backend": {                "class_name": "TupleFilesystemStoreBackend",                "base_directory": "/dbfs/FileStore/path_to_your_expectations_store/",            },        },        "insert_your_custom_validations_store_name_here": {            "class_name": "ValidationsStore",            "store_backend": {                "class_name": "TupleFilesystemStoreBackend",                "base_directory": "/dbfs/FileStore/path_to_your_validations_store/",            },        },        "insert_your_custom_evaluation_parameter_store_name_here": {            "class_name": "EvaluationParameterStore"        },        "insert_your_custom_checkpoint_store_name_here": {            "class_name": "CheckpointStore",            "store_backend": {                "class_name": "TupleFilesystemStoreBackend",                "base_directory": "/dbfs/FileStore/path_to_your_checkpoints_store/",            },        },    },    store_backend_defaults=FilesystemStoreBackendDefaults(root_directory="/dbfs/FileStore/"),    )
  2. Test your configuration.

    After you have created your Data Context, copy this code snippet into a cell in your Databricks Spark notebook, run it and verify that no error is displayed:


Additional notes#

  • If you're continuing to work in a Databricks notebook, the following code-snippet could be used to load and run Expectations on a csv file that lives in DBFS.

    from great_expectations.data_context import BaseDataContextfrom great_expectations.data_context.types.base import DatasourceConfigfrom great_expectations.core.batch import BatchRequest
    # Load your data into a dataframe
    file_location = "/FileStore/tables/dc_wikia_data.csv"file_type = "csv"
    # CSV optionsinfer_schema = "false"first_row_is_header = "false"delimiter = ","
    # The applied options are for CSV files. For other file types, these will be ignored.df = \    .option("inferSchema", infer_schema) \    .option("header", first_row_is_header) \    .option("sep", delimiter) \    .load(file_location)
    # Create a DataContext in code from a DataContextConfig with DatasourceConfig
    my_spark_datasource_config = DatasourceConfig(    class_name="Datasource",    execution_engine={"class_name": "SparkDFExecutionEngine"},    data_connectors={      "insert_your_runtime_data_connector_name_here": {        "module_name": "great_expectations.datasource.data_connector",        "class_name": "RuntimeDataConnector",        "batch_identifiers": [          "some_key_maybe_pipeline_stage",          "some_other_key_maybe_run_id"        ]      }    }  )
    project_config = DataContextConfig(    datasources={"insert_your_datasource_name_here": my_spark_datasource_config},    store_backend_defaults=FilesystemStoreBackendDefaults(root_directory="/dbfs/FileStore/"))
    context = BaseDataContext(project_config=project_config)
    # Create a RuntimeBatchRequest
    batch_request = RuntimeBatchRequest(    datasource_name="insert_your_datasource_name_here",    data_connector_name="insert_your_runtime_data_connector_name_here",    data_asset_name="insert_your_data_asset_name_here",    runtime_parameters: {      batch_data=df,    },    data_connector_query={        "batch_filter_parameters": {            "some_key_maybe_pipeline_stage": "ingestion step 1",            "some_other_key_maybe_run_id": "run 18"        }    })
    # Create or load your Expectation Suite# NOTE: You should either create or load, this try/except block is for convenience
    from great_expectations.exceptions import DataContextErrortry:  suite = context.create_expectation_suite("insert_your_suite_name_here")except DataContextError:  suite = context.get_expectation_suite("insert_your_suite_name_here")
    # Get a Validator
    my_validator = context.get_validator(    batch_request=batch_request,    expectation_suite=suite)
    # Add Expectations
    # Save the Expectation Suite to the Expectation Store

Additional resources#