Find Spark

Find Spark is an handy tool to use each time you want to switch between spark versions in Jupyter Notebooks without the need to change the SPARK_HOME environment variable. It works by:

adding pyspark to sys.path at runtime.

Note: You need to restart the Kernel in order to change the Spark version.

Install it.

$ pip install findspark

Use it.

# Make sure you call it before importing pyspark
import findspark
# Without parameter it will use the SPARK_HOME variable to perform the init

# It will import the corresponding version (2.3.1 in this case)
import pyspark
from pyspark.sql import SparkSession

spark = SparkSession.builder.master('local').appName('spark-local').getOrCreate()

f'Using Spark {spark.version} from {findspark.find()}'

# 'Using Spark 2.3.1 from /Users/xxxx/spark/spark-2.3.1-bin-hadoop2.7'