Contributing to Apache Zeppelin ( Code )

NOTE : Apache Zeppelin is an Apache2 License Software. Any contributions to Zeppelin (Source code, Documents, Image, Website) means you agree with license all your contributions as Apache2 License.

Setting up

Here are some tools you will need to build and test Zeppelin.

Software Configuration Management ( SCM )

Since Zeppelin uses Git for it's SCM system, you need git client installed in your development machine.

Integrated Development Environment ( IDE )

You are free to use whatever IDE you prefer, or your favorite command line editor.

Build Tools

To build the code, install

  • Oracle Java 7
  • Apache Maven

Getting the source code

First of all, you need Zeppelin source code. The official location of Zeppelin is

git access

Get the source code on your development machine using git.

git clone git:// zeppelin

You may also want to develop against a specific branch. For example, for branch-0.5.6

git clone -b branch-0.5.6 git:// zeppelin

Apache Zeppelin follows Fork & Pull as a source control workflow. If you want to not only build Zeppelin but also make any changes, then you need to fork Zeppelin github mirror repository and make a pull request.


mvn install

To skip test

mvn install -DskipTests

To build with specific spark / hadoop version

mvn install -Dspark.version=x.x.x -Dhadoop.version=x.x.x

For the further

Run Zeppelin server in development mode

cd zeppelin-server
HADOOP_HOME=YOUR_HADOOP_HOME JAVA_HOME=YOUR_JAVA_HOME mvn exec:java -Dexec.mainClass="org.apache.zeppelin.server.ZeppelinServer" -Dexec.args=""

Note: Make sure you first run mvn clean install -DskipTests on your zeppelin root directory, otherwise your server build will fail to find the required dependencies in the local repro.

or use daemon script

bin/zeppelin-daemon start

Server will be run on http://localhost:8080.

Generating Thrift Code

Some portions of the Zeppelin code are generated by Thrift. For most Zeppelin changes, you don't need to worry about this. But if you modify any of the Thrift IDL files (e.g. zeppelin-interpreter/src/main/thrift/*.thrift), then you also need to regenerate these files and submit their updated version as part of your patch.

To regenerate the code, install thrift-0.9.2 and change directory into Zeppelin source directory. and then run following command

thrift -out zeppelin-interpreter/src/main/java/ --gen java zeppelin-interpreter/src/main/thrift/RemoteInterpreterService.thrift

Where to Start

You can find issues for beginner & newbie

Stay involved

Contributors should join the Zeppelin mailing lists.

If you have any issues, create a ticket in JIRA.