InsightEdge has Python API available via PySpark. The functionality is limited to DataFrame API.

Interactive Use

There are two options to analyze data interactively in Python:

Zeppelin notebook

To develop notebooks in Python just use %pyspark interpreter in the Zeppelin. You can find the InsightEdge python example notebook as a reference example.

Command line shell

To start the command line shell, run the ./bin/insightedge-pyspark script in the InsightEdge directory.

For example, start InsightEdge in the demo mode:

./sbin/ --mode demo
sbin\insightedge.cmd --mode demo

Then start the command line shell:

./bin/insightedge-pyspark --master spark://
bin\insightedge-pyspark --master spark://

Saving and loading DataFrames in Python

To operate on InsighEdge DataFrames, use the regular PySpark DataFrame API with the org.apache.spark.sql.insightedge format and specify Data Grid collection or class options. For example,

# load SF salaries dataset from file
jsonFilePath = os.path.join(os.environ["INSIGHTEDGE_HOME"], "data/sf_salaries_sample.json")
jsonDf =

# save DataFrame to the grid

# load DataFrame from the grid
gridDf ="org.apache.spark.sql.insightedge").option("collection", "salaries").load()

You can also load a DataFrame backed by a DataGrid Scala class with the class options, e.g.:

df ="org.apache.spark.sql.insightedge").option("class", "com.yourcompany.Data").load()

Self-Contained Applications

To develop the self-contained submittable application, just use the regular PySpark and configure InsightEdge settings in SparkConf:

from pyspark import SparkConf, SparkContext
from pyspark.sql import SQLContext

conf = SparkConf()
conf.setAppName("InsightEdge Python Example")
conf.set("", "insightedge-space")
conf.set("", "insightedge")
conf.set("", "")

sc = SparkContext(conf=conf)
sqlContext = SQLContext(sc)


The complete source code is available at ./quickstart/python/

The application can be submitted with insightedge-submit script, e.g.

./bin/insightedge-submit ./quickstart/python/
bin\insightedge-submit quickstart\python\