Difficulty: beginner
Estimated Time: 10 minutes

Welcome to BlueData Application Workbench tutorial!

This tutorial will teach you the fundamental concepts of BlueData Application Workbench. By the end of this tutorial you will be able to create a simple application that can be used to launch clusters on BlueData EPIC platform.


-Access to any BlueData controller host
-Basic understanding of Linux OS, docker
-Shell and Python scripting skills
-Understanding of application deployment using manual instructions
-Understanding of systemctl scripts for services

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Intro To BlueData Application Workbench

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Step 1 - Intro To BlueData Application Workbench.

Let's Start App workbench Tutorial

App Workbench – A tool provided by BlueData to create, assemble, and share dockerized applications running on BlueData

App Workbench version 3.4 (also called bdwb) is a Python-based CLI framework that provides a rich set of APIs, macros, and a shell to:

  • Create Docker images from Dockerfiles based on BlueData images.
  • Orchestrate the run time environment for single and multi-node deployments.
  • Package and load images into the BlueData EPIC App Store

The App Workbench focuses mainly on the following three use cases:

  • Modify or upgrade an existing Hadoop or Spark distribution in the App Store
  • Add a new application as an edge node to a Hadoop or Spark cluster with auto-provisioning
  • Create new images for Big Data applications and frameworks

New features in App Workbench 3.4:

  • Assign a different Docker image to each virtual node role
  • Auto-increment build numbers
  • Variable definition
  • Role-specific options
  • Remote copy/execute
  • Remote Docker registries