# Accessing PySpark from a Jupyter Notebook

2017-07-04 Andrew B. Collier

It’d be great to interact with PySpark from a Jupyter Notebook. This post describes how to get that set up. It assumes that you’ve installed Spark like this.

1. Install the findspark package.
$pip3 install findspark 2. Make sure that the SPARK_HOME environment variable is defined 3. Launch a Jupyter Notebook. $ jupyter notebook
4. Import the findspark package and then use findspark.init() to locate the Spark process and then load the pyspark module. See below for a simple example.