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I'm attempting to print the contents of a collection to the Spark console.

I have a type:

linesWithSessionId: org.apache.spark.rdd.RDD[String] = FilteredRDD[3]

And I use the command:

scala> linesWithSessionId.map(line => println(line))

But this is printed :

res1: org.apache.spark.rdd.RDD[Unit] = MappedRDD[4] at map at :19

How can I write the RDD to console or save it to disk so I can view its contents?

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You are just performing a transformation(map). In order to view the contents of an RDD, you need to perform actions on the RDDs.

One way is to use collect():


Though it will work finely, when the RDD has billions of lines, collect() won’t be a good option. 

You can use take() instead. It will display the result in very less time:


If you want to know more about Spark, then do check out this awesome video tutorial:

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