Microsoft Azure table
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Microsoft Azure Table Storage format #

Note: This example works starting from Flink 0.6-incubating

This example is using the HadoopInputFormat wrapper to use an existing Hadoop input format implementation for accessing Azure’s Table Storage.

  1. Download and compile the azure-tables-hadoop project. The input format developed by the project is not yet available in Maven Central, therefore, we have to build the project ourselves. Execute the following commands:
git clone
cd azure-tables-hadoop
mvn clean install
  1. Setup a new Flink project using the quickstarts:
curl | bash
  1. Add the following dependencies (in the <dependencies> section) to your pom.xml file:

flink-hadoop-compatibility is a Flink package that provides the Hadoop input format wrappers. microsoft-hadoop-azure is adding the project we’ve build before to our project.

The project is now prepared for starting to code. We recommend to import the project into an IDE, such as Eclipse or IntelliJ. (Import as a Maven project!). Browse to the code of the file. Its an empty skeleton for a Flink job.

Paste the following code into it:

import java.util.Map;
import org.apache.flink.api.common.functions.MapFunction;
import org.apache.flink.hadoopcompatibility.mapreduce.HadoopInputFormat;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.Job;

public class AzureTableExample {

  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
    // set up the execution environment
    final ExecutionEnvironment env = ExecutionEnvironment.getExecutionEnvironment();

    // create a  AzureTableInputFormat, using a Hadoop input format wrapper
    HadoopInputFormat<Text, WritableEntity> hdIf = new HadoopInputFormat<Text, WritableEntity>(new AzureTableInputFormat(), Text.class, WritableEntity.class, new Job());

    // set the Account URI, something like:
    hdIf.getConfiguration().set(AzureTableConfiguration.Keys.ACCOUNT_URI.getKey(), "TODO");
    // set the secret storage key here
    hdIf.getConfiguration().set(AzureTableConfiguration.Keys.STORAGE_KEY.getKey(), "TODO");
    // set the table name here
    hdIf.getConfiguration().set(AzureTableConfiguration.Keys.TABLE_NAME.getKey(), "TODO");

    DataSet<Tuple2<Text, WritableEntity>> input = env.createInput(hdIf);
    // a little example how to use the data in a mapper.
    DataSet<String> fin = MapFunction<Tuple2<Text,WritableEntity>, String>() {
      public String map(Tuple2<Text, WritableEntity> arg0) throws Exception {
        System.err.println("--------------------------------\nKey = "+arg0.f0);
        WritableEntity we = arg0.f1;

        for(Map.Entry<String, EntityProperty> prop : we.getProperties().entrySet()) {
          System.err.println("key="+prop.getKey() + " ; value (asString)="+prop.getValue().getValueAsString());

        return arg0.f0.toString();

    // emit result (this works only locally)

    // execute program
    env.execute("Azure Example");

The example shows how to access an Azure table and turn data into Flink’s DataSet (more specifically, the type of the set is DataSet<Tuple2<Text, WritableEntity>>). With the DataSet, you can apply all known transformations to the DataSet.

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