Apache Flink - Creating a Flink Application


In this chapter, we will learn how to create a Flink application.

Open Eclipse IDE, click on New Project and Select Java Project.

Create Flink Application

Give Project Name and click on Finish.

Create Flink Application2

Now, click on Finish as shown in the following screenshot.

Create Flink Application3

Now, right-click on src and go to New >> Class.

Create Flink Application4

Give a class name and click on Finish.

Create Flink Application5

Copy and paste the below code in the Editor.

import org.apache.flink.api.common.functions.FlatMapFunction;
import org.apache.flink.api.java.DataSet;
import org.apache.flink.api.java.ExecutionEnvironment;
import org.apache.flink.api.java.tuple.Tuple2;
import org.apache.flink.api.java.utils.ParameterTool;
import org.apache.flink.util.Collector;
public class WordCount {

   // *************************************************************************
   // *************************************************************************
   public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
      final ParameterTool params = ParameterTool.fromArgs(args);
      // set up the execution environment
      final ExecutionEnvironment env = ExecutionEnvironment.getExecutionEnvironment();
      // make parameters available in the web interface
      // get input data
      DataSet<String> text = env.readTextFile(params.get("input"));
      DataSet<Tuple2<String, Integer>> counts =
      // split up the lines in pairs (2-tuples) containing: (word,1)
      text.flatMap(new Tokenizer())
      // group by the tuple field "0" and sum up tuple field "1"
      // emit result
      if (params.has("output")) {
         counts.writeAsCsv(params.get("output"), "\n", " ");
         // execute program
         env.execute("WordCount Example");
      } else {
         System.out.println("Printing result to stdout. Use --output to specify output path.");
   // *************************************************************************
   // *************************************************************************
   public static final class Tokenizer implements FlatMapFunction<String, Tuple2<String, Integer>> {
      public void flatMap(String value, Collector<Tuple2<String, Integer>> out) {
         // normalize and split the line
         String[] tokens = value.toLowerCase().split("\\W+");
         // emit the pairs
         for (String token : tokens) {
            if (token.length() > 0) {
               out.collect(new Tuple2<>(token, 1));

You will get many errors in the editor, because Flink libraries need to be added to this project.

Flink libraries Added

Right-click on the project >> Build Path >> Configure Build Path.

Right click Project

Select the Libraries tab and click on Add External JARs.

Select Libraries

Go to Flink's lib directory, select all the 4 libraries and click on OK.

Flinks lib directory

Go to the Order and Export tab, select all the libraries and click on OK.

Order and Export Tab

You will see that the errors are no more there.

Now, let us export this application. Right-click on the project and click on Export.

Export this Application

Select JAR file and click Next

Select JAR file

Give a destination path and click on Next

destination path

Click on Next>

Click Next

Click on Browse, select the main class (WordCount) and click Finish.

Click Finish

Note − Click OK, in case you get any warning.

Run the below command. It will further run the Flink application you just created.

./bin/flink run /home/ubuntu/wordcount.jar --input README.txt --output /home/ubuntu/output
Get Warning