Getting Started with StreamSets Data Collector on Docker
‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’
– Leonardo da Vinci
As a recent hire on the Engineering Productivity team here at StreamSets, my early days at the company were marked by efforts to dive head-first into StreamSets Data Collector (SDC). As it turns out, the Docker images we publish for SDC were the easiest way to explore its vast set of features and capabilities, which is exactly why I am writing this blog post.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
Start a Docker container with SDC
To start a Docker container with the most recent release of StreamSets Data Collector, just run the following command:
$ docker run --restart on-failure -p 18630:18630 -d --name sdc streamsets/datacollector
Here are the options we specified (for a full list, check out the image notes on Docker Hub):
|Create Docker container in the background in detached mode|
|Name for this container|
|Publish container's port 18630 on host's 18630|
|Restart only if the container exits with a non-zero exit status|
If all goes well, running
docker ps will show output like the following:
$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID IMAGE COMMAND CREATED STATUS PORTS NAMES
fd863929e26c streamsets/datacollector "/docker-entrypoin..." 12 minutes ago Up 12 minutes 0.0.0.0:18630->18630/tcp sdc
Voila! We have successfully created a Docker container with SDC. Pretty simple. Right?
Note the port 18630. This is the host port to which Docker has published the SDC container’s port 18630. We can verify that the service has started by using a web browser pointed to
This will present a prompt for username and password. Type the default credentials (
admin:admin) and we would see a screen like following:
Working with SDC
Now that we have access to the web UI, we can start playing with all the cool capabilities that SDC has to offer. For someone new, a great place to start would be our tutorials, which walk one through everything from creating and running a pipeline to more advanced operations like data manipulation.
Here are a few tricks I learned along the way which helped a lot.
Exploring the Docker container
After we have created the Docker container, we might want to take a look around (e.g. just to see how files are laid out). One simple way is to run the following command to start a Bash session inside the container:
$ docker exec -it sdc bash
Once we are inside, we can run whatever commands we need and, when we’re done, can use exit (or CTRL+D) to come back to the host:
$ docker exec -it sdc bash
bin home mnt run usr
data lib opt sbin var
dev lib64 proc srv
docker-entrypoint.sh logs resources sys
etc media root tmp
One common gotcha with running SDC in Docker happens when we need to install additional stage libraries. In the web UI, go ahead and select a library and then click the “Install” icon (see documentation for details). At this point, we would see a dialog like the following:
If we click “Restart Data Collector,” we would discover that the container comes back online automatically.
Looking into logs
While exploring, if we do something that ends up crashing SDC, here is how to see its logs along with some sample output:
$ docker logs sdc
Java 1.8 detected; adding $SDC_JAVA8_OPTS of "-XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC -XX:+UseParNewGC -Djdk.nio.maxCachedBufferSize=262144" to $SDC_JAVA_OPTS
Logging initialized @1296ms to org.eclipse.jetty.util.log.Slf4jLog
2017-07-20 16:07:20,542 [user:] [pipeline:] [runner:] [thread:main] INFO Main - -----------------------------------------------------------------
2017-07-20 16:07:20,545 [user:] [pipeline:] [runner:] [thread:main] INFO Main - Build info:
2017-07-20 16:07:20,545 [user:] [pipeline:] [runner:] [thread:main] INFO Main - Version : 22.214.171.124
Running on URI : 'http://b40764fb427f:18630'
2017-07-20 17:18:55,369 [user:] [pipeline:] [runner:] [thread:main] INFO WebServerTask - Running on URI : 'http://b40764fb427f:18630'
If SDC is running, we could also tail these by adding in the
-f argument to
To clean up our instance of StreamSets Data Collector and all the resources it is using, just run the following command. Keep in mind that this will remove our SDC instance and we shall not be able to get back any data/logs/resources that were created in the process.
$ docker rm -f sdc
In this blog post, we have learned how to start StreamSets Data Collector in a Docker container, how to use it (along with a few tricks), and finally, how to remove it; a complete cycle of working with SDC and Docker.
What interesting facts have you come across in your journey running SDC in Docker? Did I miss something here? I would love to hear from you in the comments or over in the StreamSets community.