NoClassDefFound error was for spark classes like say SparkConext.
When running a standalone spark application I was not passing external jars using --jars option.

However I have fixed this by making a fat jar using sbt assembly plugin.

Now all the dependencies are included in that jar and I use that jar in spark-submit


On Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 9:42 PM, Marco Mistroni <> wrote:
Hello Sachin
  pls paste the NoClassDefFound Exception so we can see what's failing, aslo please advise how are you running your Spark App
For an extremely simple case, let's assume  you have your  MyFirstSparkApp packaged in your   myFirstSparkApp.jar
Then all you need to do would be to kick off

spark-submit --class MyFirstSparkApp   myFirstSparkApp.jar

if you have any external dependencies (not spark , let's assume you are using common-utils.jar) then you should be able to kick it off via

spark-submit --class MyFirstSparkApp --jars common-utiils.jar  myFirstSparkApp.jar

I paste below the build.sbt i am using for my SparkExamples apps, hope this helps.

name := "SparkExamples"

version := "1.0"

scalaVersion := "2.10.5"

// Add a single dependency
libraryDependencies += "junit" % "junit" % "4.8" % "test"
libraryDependencies += "org.mockito" % "mockito-core" % "1.9.5"
libraryDependencies ++= Seq("org.slf4j" % "slf4j-api" % "1.7.5",
                            "org.slf4j" % "slf4j-simple" % "1.7.5",
                            "org.clapper" %% "grizzled-slf4j" % "1.0.2")
libraryDependencies += "org.powermock" % "powermock-mockito-release-full" % "1.5.4" % "test"
libraryDependencies += "org.apache.spark" %% "spark-core"   % "1.6.1" % "provided"
libraryDependencies += "org.apache.spark" %% "spark-streaming"   % "1.6.1" % "provided"
libraryDependencies += "org.apache.spark" %% "spark-mllib"   % "1.6.1"  % "provided"
libraryDependencies += "org.apache.spark" %% "spark-streaming-flume"   % "1.3.0"  % "provided"
resolvers += "softprops-maven" at ""

On Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 3:39 PM, Mich Talebzadeh <> wrote:
you need an uber jar file.

Have you actually followed the dependencies and project sub-directory build?

check this.

under three answers the top one.

I started reading the official SBT tutorial.  .....


Dr Mich Talebzadeh



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On 20 July 2016 at 09:54, Sachin Mittal <> wrote:
I am following the example under
For standalone scala application.

I added all my dependencies via build.sbt (one dependency is under lib folder).

When I run sbt package I see the jar created under

So compile seems to be working fine. However when I inspect that jar, it only contains my scala class.
Unlike in java application we build a standalone jar, which contains all the dependencies inside that jar, here all the dependencies are missing.

So as expected when I run the application via spark-submit I get the NoClassDefFoundError.

Here is my build.sbt

name := "Test Advice Project"
version := "1.0"
scalaVersion := "2.10.6"
libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
    "org.apache.spark" %% "spark-core" % "1.6.1",
    "org.apache.spark" %% "spark-sql" % "1.6.1"

Can anyone please guide me to as what is going wrong and why sbt package is not including all the dependencies jar classes in the new jar.


On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 8:23 PM, Andrew Ehrlich <> wrote:
Yes, spark-core will depend on Hadoop and several other jars.  Here’s the list of dependencies:

Whether you need spark-sql depends on whether you will use the DataFrame API. Without spark-sql, you will just have the RDD API.

On Jul 19, 2016, at 7:09 AM, Sachin Mittal <> wrote:

Can someone please guide me what all jars I need to place in my lib folder of the project to build a standalone scala application via sbt.

Note I need to provide static dependencies and I cannot download the jars using libraryDependencies.
So I need to provide all the jars upfront.

So far I found that we need:

Do we also need

Is there any jar from spark side I may be missing? What I found that spark-core needs hadoop-core classes and if I don't add them then sbt was giving me this error:
[error] bad symbolic reference. A signature in SparkContext.class refers to term hadoop
[error] in package org.apache which is not available.

So I was just confused on library dependency part when building an application via sbt. Any inputs here would be helpful.