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In this post we are going to write a MapReduce program to consume Avro input data and also produce data in Avro format.

We will write a program to calculate average of student marks.

Data Preparation

The schema for the records is:

  "type" : "record",
  "name" : "student_marks",
  "namespace" : "com.rishav.avro",
  "fields" : [ {
  "name" : "student_id",
  "type" : "int"
  }, {
  "name" : "subject_id",
  "type" : "int"
  }, {
  "name" : "marks",
  "type" : "int"
  } ]

And some sample records are:


Now we will convert the above sample records to avro format and upload the avro data file to HDFS:

java -jar avro-tools-1.7.5.jar fromjson student.json --schema-file student.avsc > student.avro
hadoop fs -put student.avro student.avro

Avro MapReduce Program

In my program I have used Avro Java class for student_marks schema. To generate Java class from the schema file use below command:

     java -jar avro-tools-1.7.5.jar compile schema student.avsc .

Then add the generated Java class to IDE.

I have written a MapReduce program which reads Avro data file student.avro (passed as argument) and calculates average marks for each student and store the output also in Avro format. The program is given below:

package com.rishav.avro.mapreduce;

import java.io.IOException;
import org.apache.avro.Schema;
import org.apache.avro.mapred.AvroKey;
import org.apache.avro.mapred.AvroValue;
import org.apache.avro.mapreduce.AvroJob;
import org.apache.avro.mapreduce.AvroKeyInputFormat;
import org.apache.avro.mapreduce.AvroKeyValueOutputFormat;
import org.apache.hadoop.conf.Configured;
import org.apache.hadoop.fs.Path;
import org.apache.hadoop.io.IntWritable;
import org.apache.hadoop.io.NullWritable;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Job;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Mapper;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Reducer;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.input.FileInputFormat;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.output.FileOutputFormat;
import org.apache.hadoop.util.GenericOptionsParser;
import org.apache.hadoop.util.Tool;
import org.apache.hadoop.util.ToolRunner;

import com.rishav.avro.IntPair;
import com.rishav.avro.student_marks;

public class AvroAverageDriver extends Configured implements Tool{

	public static class AvroAverageMapper extends 
	Mapper<AvroKey<student_marks>, NullWritable, IntWritable, IntPair> {
		protected void map(AvroKey<student_marks> key, NullWritable value, Context context) 
				throws IOException, InterruptedException {
			IntWritable s_id = new IntWritable(key.datum().getStudentId());
			IntPair marks_one = new IntPair(key.datum().getMarks(), 1);
			context.write(s_id, marks_one);
	} // end of mapper class

	public static class AvroAverageCombiner extends 
	Reducer<IntWritable, IntPair, IntWritable, IntPair> {
		IntPair p_sum_count = new IntPair();
		Integer p_sum = new Integer(0);
		Integer p_count = new Integer(0);
		protected void reduce(IntWritable key, Iterable<IntPair> values, Context context) 
				throws IOException, InterruptedException {
			p_sum = 0;
			p_count = 0;
			for (IntPair value : values) {
				p_sum += value.getFirstInt();
				p_count += value.getSecondInt();
			p_sum_count.set(p_sum, p_count);
			context.write(key, p_sum_count);
	} // end of combiner class 

	public static class AvroAverageReducer extends 
	Reducer<IntWritable, IntPair, AvroKey<Integer>, AvroValue<Float>> {
		Integer f_sum = 0;
		Integer f_count = 0;
		protected void reduce(IntWritable key, Iterable<IntPair> values, Context context) 
				throws IOException, InterruptedException {
			f_sum = 0;
			f_count = 0;
			for (IntPair value : values) {
				f_sum += value.getFirstInt();
				f_count += value.getSecondInt();
			Float average = (float)f_sum/f_count;
			Integer s_id = new Integer(key.toString());
			context.write(new AvroKey<Integer>(s_id), new AvroValue<Float>(average));
	} // end of reducer class 

	public int run(String[] rawArgs) throws Exception {
		if (rawArgs.length != 2) {
			System.err.printf("Usage: %s [generic options] <input> <output>\n",
			return -1;
		Job job = new Job(super.getConf());
		job.setJobName("Avro Average");
		String[] args = new GenericOptionsParser(rawArgs).getRemainingArgs();
		Path inPath = new Path(args[0]);
		Path outPath = new Path(args[1]);

		FileInputFormat.setInputPaths(job, inPath);
		FileOutputFormat.setOutputPath(job, outPath);
		outPath.getFileSystem(super.getConf()).delete(outPath, true);

		AvroJob.setInputKeySchema(job, student_marks.getClassSchema());
		AvroJob.setOutputKeySchema(job, Schema.create(Schema.Type.INT));
		AvroJob.setOutputValueSchema(job, Schema.create(Schema.Type.FLOAT));

		return (job.waitForCompletion(true) ? 0 : 1);

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
		int result = ToolRunner.run(new AvroAverageDriver(), args);
  • In the program the input key to mapper is AvroKey<student_marks> and the input value is null. The output key of map method is student_id and output value is an IntPair having marks and 1.
  • We have a combiner also which aggregates partial sums for each student_id.
  • Finally reducer takes student_id and partial sums and counts and uses them to calculate average for each student_id. The reducer writes the output in Avro format.

For Avro job setup we have added these properties:

// set InputFormatClass to AvroKeyInputFormat and define input schema
  AvroJob.setInputKeySchema(job, student_marks.getClassSchema());

// set OutputFormatClass to AvroKeyValueOutputFormat and key as INT type and value as FLOAT type
  AvroJob.setOutputKeySchema(job, Schema.create(Schema.Type.INT));
  AvroJob.setOutputValueSchema(job, Schema.create(Schema.Type.FLOAT));

Job Execution

We package our Java program to avro_mr.jar and add Avro jars to libjars and hadoop classpath using below commands:

export LIBJARS=avro-1.7.5.jar,avro-mapred-1.7.5-hadoop1.jar,paranamer-2.6.jar
export HADOOP_CLASSPATH=avro-1.7.5.jar:avro-mapred-1.7.5-hadoop1.jar:paranamer-2.6.jar
hadoop jar avro_mr.jar com.rishav.avro.mapreduce.AvroAverageDriver -libjars ${LIBJARS} student.avro output

You can verify the output using avro-tool command.

To enable snappy compression for output add below lines to run method and add snappy-java jar to libjars and hadoop classpath:

FileOutputFormat.setCompressOutput(job, true);
    FileOutputFormat.setOutputCompressorClass(job, SnappyCodec.class);

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