For data that doesn’t fit into memory, spark is often a recommended solution, since it can utilize map-reduce to work with data in a distributed manner. However, setting up local spark development from scratch involves multiple steps, and definitely not for a faint of heart. Thankfully using docker means you can skip a lot of steps πŸ˜ƒ

Instructions

  1. Install Docker Desktop
  2. Create docker-compose.yml in a directory somewhere
version: "3.3"

services:
  pyspark:
    container_name: pyspark
    image: jupyter/pyspark-notebook:latest
    ports:
      - "8888:8888"
    volumes:
      - ./:/home/jovyan/work
  1. Run docker-compose up from the same folder where the above file is located.
  2. You should see something like this. It’s the same from running jupyter notebook locally. Click the link at the end to access jupyter notebook.
Creating pyspark ... done
Attaching to pyspark
pyspark    | WARNING: Jupyter Notebook deprecation notice https://github.com/jupyter/docker-stacks#jupyter-notebook-deprecation-notice.
pyspark    | Entered start.sh with args: jupyter notebook
pyspark    | /usr/local/bin/start.sh: running hooks in /usr/local/bin/before-notebook.d as uid / gid: 1000 / 100
pyspark    | /usr/local/bin/start.sh: running script /usr/local/bin/before-notebook.d/spark-config.sh
pyspark    | /usr/local/bin/start.sh: done running hooks in /usr/local/bin/before-notebook.d
pyspark    | Executing the command: jupyter notebook
pyspark    | [I 12:36:04.395 NotebookApp] Writing notebook server cookie secret to /home/jovyan/.local/share/jupyter/runtime/notebook_cookie_secret
pyspark    | [W 2021-12-21 12:36:05.487 LabApp] 'ip' has moved from NotebookApp to ServerApp. This config will be passed to ServerApp. Be sure to update your config before our next release.
pyspark    | [W 2021-12-21 12:36:05.488 LabApp] 'port' has moved from NotebookApp to ServerApp. This config will be passed to ServerApp. Be sure to update your config before our next release.
pyspark    | [W 2021-12-21 12:36:05.488 LabApp] 'port' has moved from NotebookApp to ServerApp. This config will be passed to ServerApp. Be sure to update your config before our next release.
pyspark    | [W 2021-12-21 12:36:05.488 LabApp] 'port' has moved from NotebookApp to ServerApp. This config will be passed to ServerApp. Be sure to update your config before our next release.
pyspark    | [I 2021-12-21 12:36:05.497 LabApp] JupyterLab extension loaded from /opt/conda/lib/python3.9/site-packages/jupyterlab
pyspark    | [I 2021-12-21 12:36:05.498 LabApp] JupyterLab application directory is /opt/conda/share/jupyter/lab
pyspark    | [I 12:36:05.504 NotebookApp] Serving notebooks from local directory: /home/jovyan
pyspark    | [I 12:36:05.504 NotebookApp] Jupyter Notebook 6.4.6 is running at:
pyspark    | [I 12:36:05.504 NotebookApp] http://bd20652c22d3:8888/?token=408f2020435dfb489c8d2710736a83f7a3c7cd969b3a1629
pyspark    | [I 12:36:05.504 NotebookApp]  or http://127.0.0.1:8888/?token=408f2020435dfb489c8d2710736a83f7a3c7cd969b3a1629
pyspark    | [I 12:36:05.504 NotebookApp] Use Control-C to stop this server and shut down all kernels (twice to skip confirmation).
pyspark    | [C 12:36:05.509 NotebookApp]
pyspark    |
pyspark    |     To access the notebook, open this file in a browser:
pyspark    |         file:///home/jovyan/.local/share/jupyter/runtime/nbserver-7-open.html
pyspark    |     Or copy and paste one of these URLs:
pyspark    |         http://bd20652c22d3:8888/?token=408f2020435dfb489c8d2710736a83f7a3c7cd969b3a1629
pyspark    |      or http://127.0.0.1:8888/?token=408f2020435dfb489c8d2710736a83f7a3c7cd969b3a1629

This snippet

volumes:
  - ./:/home/jovyan/work

means that anything you put in [the folder where docker-compose.yml is] can be accessed by [jupyter notebook running inside docker], and what you do from inside jupyter notebook can be seen on the host system too.

See? Easy as a πŸ₯§.