Pipe Python2 Processor

Fire Insights has a Pipe Python2 Processor.

It pipes the incoming DataFrame through pipe to the Python Script. It also passes the Schema of the DataFrame to the Python script through the command line argument. (argv[1])

The Python script is written in the Workflow Editor.

Below is an example workflow containing Pipe Python2 Processor.

Pipe Python Workflow

Input DataFrame Schema

The schema of the incoming dataframe is also passed into the Python script as an argument. It can be used in the Python script as needed.

The format of the dataframe schema is below:


Below is an example of printing the arguments and an example result:

print "The arguments are: " , str(sys.argv)

['/tmp/fire/scripts/pipepython-1899418263068404925.py', 'id:DoubleType|label:DoubleType|f1:DoubleType|f2:DoubleType']

Reading in Data in Python into a Pandas DataFrame

Below is an example script which reads in the input lines and converts it to a Pandas DataFrame. It parses the schema passed in argv[1] to extract the column names which is used in creating the Pandas DataFrame:


import sys
import pandas as pd

dataframe_list_of_rows = []

for line in sys.stdin:

    line = line.strip()
    if not line:

    row_list = []
    for field in line.split(","):

    # convert list to tuple
    row_tuple = tuple(row_list)

# generate column names
schema = sys.argv[1]
column_names = []
schema_columns = schema.split("|")
for column_name_with_type in schema_columns:
    column_name_with_type_split = column_name_with_type.split(":")

# create dataframe from the input rows
input_dataframe = pd.DataFrame.from_records(dataframe_list_of_rows, columns=column_names)

Transform the Pandas DataFrame

Now that we have the Pandas DataFrame in input_dataframe, we can transform it to create the result DataFrame - output_dataframe. In the below example, we are just setting the output dataframe to the input dataframe:

output_dataframe = input_dataframe

Writing the Pandas DataFrame schema back to Spark

Below is an example code for writing the Pandas Schema back to Spark. It is used in inferring the schema output of the Python code. This way users do not have to reenter the schema of the output in the Workflow:

dataframe_dtypes = output_dataframe.dtypes

f = open(sys.argv[2],'w+')

Fire expects each line of the schema file to contain the following:

  • Name of the column
  • Data Type of the column

There can be multiple spaces between the name and the data type.

Fire uses the below for mapping from the data type to Spark DataFrames Data Types:

  • int : integer
  • float : float
  • double : double
  • boolean : boolean
  • string : string

Writing the Pandas DataFrame back to Spark

Below is an example code for writing the Pandas DataFrame back to Spark:

# iterate over the dataframe created and return it to the pipeNode
for index, row in output_dataframe.iterrows():
  list = row.tolist()
  row_string = ','.join(str(e) for e in list)

Output Schema of the Python Script

The output schema of the Python Script is written to a file which is read by the Spark Code. Clicking on Refresh Schema infers the Python Schema output into Spark.

Pipe Python Schema