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From Darin McBeath <>
Subject Re: Best way to read XML data from RDD
Date Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:14:54 GMT
Another option would be to look at spark-xml-utils.  We use this extensively in the manipulation
of our XML content.

There are quite a few examples.  Depending on your preference (and what you want to do), you
could use xpath, xquery, or xslt to transform, extract, or filter.

Like mentioned below, you want to initialize the parser in a mapPartitions call (one of the
examples shows this).

Hope this is helpful.


From: Hyukjin Kwon <>
To: Jörn Franke <> 
Cc: Diwakar Dhanuskodi <>; Felix Cheung <>;
user <>
Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2016 6:10 AM
Subject: Re: Best way to read XML data from RDD

Hi Diwakar,

Spark XML library can take RDD as source.

val df = new XmlReader()
  .xmlRdd(sqlContext, rdd)

If performance is critical, I would also recommend to take care of creation and destruction
of the parser.

If the parser is not serializble, then you can do the creation for each partition within mapPartition
just like

I hope this is helpful.

2016-08-20 15:10 GMT+09:00 Jörn Franke <>:

I fear the issue is that this will create and destroy a XML parser object 2 mio times, which
is very inefficient - it does not really look like a parser performance issue. Can't you do
something about the format choice? Ask your supplier to deliver another format (ideally avro
or sth like this?)?
>Otherwise you could just create one XML Parser object / node, but sharing this among the
parallel tasks on the same node is tricky.
>The other possibility could be simply more hardware ...
>On 20 Aug 2016, at 06:41, Diwakar Dhanuskodi <> wrote:
>Yes . It accepts a xml file as source but not RDD. The XML data embedded  inside json
is streamed from kafka cluster.  So I could get it as RDD. 
>>Right  now  I am using  spark.xml  XML.loadstring method inside  RDD map function
 but  performance  wise I am not happy as it takes 4 minutes to parse XML from 2 million messages
in a 3 nodes 100G 4 cpu each environment. 
>>Sent from Samsung Mobile.
>>-------- Original message --------
>>From: Felix Cheung <> 
>>Date:20/08/2016  09:49  (GMT+05:30) 
>>To: Diwakar Dhanuskodi <> , user <>

>>Subject: Re: Best way to read XML data from RDD 
>>Have you tried
>> spark-xml
>>On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 1:07 PM -0700, "Diwakar Dhanuskodi" <>
>>There is a RDD with json data. I could read json data using . The json
data has XML data in couple of key-value paris. 
>>Which is the best method to read and parse XML from rdd. Is there any specific xml
libraries for spark. Could anyone help on this.

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