GDELT on SCDF : Bootstrapping spring cloud data flow 1.7.0 on kubernetes using kubectl

In the first part of our planned blog posts (processing GDELT data with SCDF on kubernetes) we go through the steps to deploy the latest Spring Cloud Data Flow (SCDF) Release 1.7.0 on Kubernetes , including the latest version of starter apps that will be used in the examples.

We stick to the manual steps described here in the official spring cloud dataflow documentation to deploy all components to our kubernetes cluster into a dedicated namespace scdf-170 to run the examples.

This installation will not be production-ready, it is about experimenting and to ensure compability as we experienced some incompabilities mixing own source/sink implementations based on Finchley.SR2 and the prepackaged Starter Apps based on Spring Boot 1.5 / Spring Cloud Streams 1.3.X.


Clone the git repository to retrieve the neccessary kubernetes configuration files and switch to the 1.7.0.RELEASE branch:

git clone
cd spring-cloud-dataflow-server-kubernetes
git checkout v1.7.0.RELEASE

installation with kubectl

We want to use a dedicated namespace scdf-170 for our deployment, so we create it first:

echo '{ "kind": "Namespace", "apiVersion": "v1", "metadata": { "name": "scdf-170", "labels": { "name": "scdf-170" } } }' | kubectl create -f -

Afterwards we can deploy the dependencies (kafka/mysql/redis) and the spring cloud dataflow server itself:

kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/kafka/
kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/mysql/
kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/redis/
kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/metrics/metrics-svc.yaml
kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/server/server-roles.yaml
kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/server/server-rolebinding.yaml
kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/server/service-account.yaml
kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/server/server-config-kafka.yaml
kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/server/server-svc.yaml
kubectl create -n scdf-170 -f src/kubernetes/server/server-deployment.yaml

verify and enable access

kubectl -n scdf-170 get all

Output should look like:

NAME                                READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
pod/kafka-broker-696786c8f7-fjp4p   1/1       Running   1          5m
pod/kafka-zk-5f9bff7d5-tmxzg        1/1       Running   0          5m
pod/mysql-f878678df-2t4d6           1/1       Running   0          5m
pod/redis-748db48b4f-8h75x          1/1       Running   0          5m
pod/scdf-server-757ccb576c-9fssd    1/1       Running   0          5m
NAME                  TYPE           CLUSTER-IP       EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)                      AGE
service/kafka         ClusterIP             9092/TCP                     5m
service/kafka-zk      ClusterIP             2181/TCP,2888/TCP,3888/TCP   5m
service/metrics       ClusterIP            80/TCP                       5m
service/mysql         ClusterIP            3306/TCP                     5m
service/redis         ClusterIP              6379/TCP                     5m
service/scdf-server   LoadBalancer        80:30884/TCP                 5m
NAME                           DESIRED   CURRENT   UP-TO-DATE   AVAILABLE   AGE
deployment.apps/kafka-broker   1         1         1            1           5m
deployment.apps/kafka-zk       1         1         1            1           5m
deployment.apps/mysql          1         1         1            1           5m
deployment.apps/redis          1         1         1            1           5m
deployment.apps/scdf-server    1         1         1            1           5m
NAME                                      DESIRED   CURRENT   READY     AGE
replicaset.apps/kafka-broker-696786c8f7   1         1         1         5m
replicaset.apps/kafka-zk-5f9bff7d5        1         1         1         5m
replicaset.apps/mysql-f878678df           1         1         1         5m
replicaset.apps/redis-748db48b4f          1         1         1         5m
replicaset.apps/scdf-server-757ccb576c    1         1         1         5m

As the scdf server will automatically generate a random password for the user “user” on first startup, we need to grep the log output (using your individual scdf-service pod name, see output of previous command):

kubectl logs -n scdf-170 scdf-server-757ccb576c-9fssd | grep "Using default security password"

output should look like

Using default security password: 8d6b58fa-bf1a-4a0a-a42b-c7b03ab15c60 with roles 'VIEW,CREATE,MANAGE'

To access the UI (and rest-api for the cli) you can create a port-forward to the scdf-server pod (using your individual scdf-service pod name, see output of “kubectl -n scdf-170 get all”):

kubectl -n scdf-170 port-forward scdf-server-757ccb576c-9fssd 2345:80

where 2345 would be the local port on your machine where you can now access the ui and the rest-api.

Install the dataflow cli

You can download the jar file directly from spring’s maven repository:


and start the cli:

java -jar spring-cloud-dataflow-shell-1.7.0.RELEASE.jar \
--dataflow.username=user \
--dataflow.password= \

The output should look like this:

 / ___| _ __  _ __(_)_ __   __ _   / ___| | ___  _   _  __| |
 \___ \| '_ \| '__| | '_ \ / _` | | |   | |/ _ \| | | |/ _` |
  ___) | |_) | |  | | | | | (_| | | |___| | (_) | |_| | (_| |
 |____/| .__/|_|  |_|_| |_|\__, |  \____|_|\___/ \__,_|\__,_|
  ____ |_|    _          __|___/                 __________
 |  _ \  __ _| |_ __ _  |  ___| | _____      __  \ \ \ \ \ \
 | | | |/ _` | __/ _` | | |_  | |/ _ \ \ /\ / /   \ \ \ \ \ \
 | |_| | (_| | || (_| | |  _| | | (_) \ V  V /    / / / / / /
 |____/ \__,_|\__\__,_| |_|   |_|\___/ \_/\_/    /_/_/_/_/_/
Welcome to the Spring Cloud Data Flow shell. For assistance hit TAB or type "help".

Install starter apps

After the initial installation there are no applications (task/stream) registed. As you can see here (for stream apps), you need to pick a explicit combination of the packaging format (jar vs docker) and the messaging technology (Kafka vs RabbitMQ).

We will go for docker (because we are running on Kubernetes) and Kafka 0.10 as the messaging layer based on newer Spring Boot and Spring Cloud Stream versions (2.0.x + 2.0.x).

We can register all the available starter apps with a single cli command:

dataflow:>app import --uri


Successfully registered .........
...... processor.pmml.metadata, sink.router.metadata, sink.mongodb]

and the Spring Cloud Task Starter Apps (based on Spring Boot 2.0.x + Spring Cloud Task 2.0.x):

dataflow:> app import --uri

Successfully registered ..........
........ task.timestamp, task.timestamp.metadata]

You can verify the installation by listing all available applications:

dataflow:>app list

The Output should look like this:

║app│    source    │         processor         │           sink           │        task        ║
║   │file          │bridge                     │aggregate-counter         │composed-task-runner║
║   │ftp           │filter                     │counter                   │timestamp           ║
║   │gemfire       │groovy-filter              │field-value-counter       │timestamp-batch     ║
║   │gemfire-cq    │groovy-transform           │file                      │                    ║
║   │http          │grpc                       │ftp                       │                    ║
║   │jdbc          │header-enricher            │gemfire                   │                    ║
║   │jms           │httpclient                 │hdfs                      │                    ║
║   │load-generator│image-recognition          │jdbc                      │                    ║
║   │loggregator   │object-detection           │log                       │                    ║
║   │mail          │pmml                       │mongodb                   │                    ║
║   │mongodb       │python-http                │mqtt                      │                    ║
║   │mqtt          │python-jython              │pgcopy                    │                    ║
║   │rabbit        │scriptable-transform       │rabbit                    │                    ║
║   │s3            │splitter                   │redis-pubsub              │                    ║
║   │sftp          │tasklaunchrequest-transform│router                    │                    ║
║   │syslog        │tcp-client                 │s3                        │                    ║
║   │tcp           │tensorflow                 │sftp                      │                    ║
║   │tcp-client    │transform                  │task-launcher-cloudfoundry│                    ║
║   │time          │twitter-sentiment          │task-launcher-local       │                    ║
║   │trigger       │                           │task-launcher-yarn        │                    ║
║   │triggertask   │                           │tcp                       │                    ║
║   │twitterstream │                           │throughput                │                    ║
║   │              │                           │websocket                 │                    ║

When you start using the starter apps in your first test stream definitions be aware that you need to add a special deployer property on the deployment screen (because we are using the spring 2 based starter apps):



You can read more about the internal changes between 1.5 and 2.0 on the health and readiness probes here.

Continue reading on how to implement a custom source application using the reactive framework on spring cloud streams in our next blog post: Implementing a custom reactive source application for spring cloud data flow.

Blog post series: Processing feeds with Spring Cloud Data Flow on Kubernetes

We are starting a blog post series to dig deeper into the capabilities of Spring Cloud Data Flow (SCDF) running on Kubernetes. This blog post will be updated when new posts have been published.

List of blog posts for quick access:


Let’s have a look at the data we want to process:

Supported by Google Jigsaw, the GDELT Project monitors the world’s broadcast, print, and web news from nearly every corner of every country in over 100 languages and identifies the people, locations, organizations, themes, sources, emotions, counts, quotes, images and events driving our global society every second of every day, creating a free open platform for computing on the entire world.

Besides raw data feeds there are powerful APIs to query and even to visualize the GDELT datasets. This Blog post is inspired by the “rss feed for web archiving coverage about climate change” taken from a blog post on

This searches for all articles published in the last hour mentioning
“climate change” or “global warming” and returns the first 200 articles,
ordered by date with the newest articles first and returned as an RSS feed
that includes the primary URL of each article as one item and, as a separate
item, the URL of the mobile/AMP edition of the page, if available.
This demonstrates how to use the API as a data source for web archiving.

We want to use this type of query to pull the latest articles for a configurable query from the GDELT project and do some complex processing on Spring Cloud Data Flow (SCDF). We will download the articles, do some analysis on the content, store and also visualize it.

About Spring Cloud Data Flow (SCDF)

Taken from

Spring Cloud Data Flow is a toolkit for building data integration
and real-time data processing pipelines.

Pipelines consist of Spring Boot apps, built using the Spring Cloud Stream
or Spring Cloud Task microservice frameworks. This makes Spring Cloud Data Flow
suitable for a range of data processing use cases, from import/export to
event streaming and predictive analytics.

Part 1 : Setting up the runtime environment

As there are multiple platform implementations available, it can run your streams/tasks on a Local Server, on CloudFoundry, on Kubernetes, on YARN and even MESOS

As these different implementations require different packaging (jar vs docker), we went for kubernetes as the platform and Kafka as the messaging solution in our examples.

You can find instructions to install Spring Cloud Data Flow in our first blog post about GDELT on SCDF: Bootstrapping SCDF on Kubernetes using KUBECTL.

Part 2 : How to pull gdelt data into SCDF

Continue reading on how to implement a custom source application using the reactive framework on spring cloud streams: Implementing a custom reactive source application for spring cloud data flow.

Part 3 : How to filter duplicates

The next planned blog post will continue to enhance your first stream definition by adding a custom processor to drop duplicate articles. Stay tuned.