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Streaming Twitter Data Using Flume

 July 19  | 0 Comments

We all know that Hadoop is a framework which helps in storing and processing huge datasets and Sqoop component is used to transfer files from traditional databases like RDBMS to HDFS and vice versa when the data is of the structured type.
What if we want to load the data which is of type semi-structured and unstructured into the  HDFS cluster, or else capture the live streaming data which is generated, from different sources like twitter, weblogs and more into the HDFS cluster, which component of Hadoop ecosystem will be useful to do this kind of job. The solution is FLUME.
Learning Flume will help users to collect from and store a large amount of data from different sources into the Hadoop cluster.
What is Apache Flume?
Apache Flume is a Hadoop ecosystem component used to collect, aggregate and moves a large amount of log data from different sources to a centralized data store.
It is an open source component which is designed to locate and store the data in a distributed environment and collects the data as per the specified input key(s).
Flume Architecture
Before moving forward to know the working of flume tool, It is mandatory to know the Flume architecture first.

Flume is composed of the following components.
Flume Event: It is the main unit of the data that is transported inside the Flume (Typically a single log entry). It contains a payload of the byte array that is to be transported from the source path to the destination path which could be accompanied by optional headers.
A Flume event will be in the following structure.

Header Byte Payload

Flume Agent:
 Is an independent Java virtual machine daemon process which receives the data (events) from clients and transports to the subsequent destination (sink or agent).
Source: Is the component of Flume agent which receives data from the data generators say, twitter, facebook, weblogs from different sites and transfers this data to one or more channels in the form of Flume event.
The external source sends data to Flume in a format that is recognized by the target Flume source. Example, an Avro Flume source can be used to receive Avro data from Avro clients or other Flume agents in the flow that send data from an Avro sink, or the Thrift Flume source will receive data from a Thrift sink, or a Flume Thrift RPC client or Thrift Clients are written in any language generated from the Flume thrift protocol.
Channel: Once, the Flume source receives an Event, it stores this data into one or more channel and buffers them till they are consumed by sinks. It acts as a bridge between the source and sinks. These channels are implemented to handle any number of sources and sinks.
Sink: It stores the data into the centralized stores like HDFS and HBase.
Streaming Twitter Data
To stream data to our database from twitter we should have the following pre-requisites.

  • Twitter account
  • Hadoop cluster

If both prerequisites are available we can move to our further step.
Step 1:
Login to  the twitter account