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A tiny Scala library to send events and entities to Apache Flume.

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A tiny Scala library to send events and entities to Apache Flume.


This library differentiates between events and entities:

  • Events are information about something that happened at a certain time with attached metadata. (most common use case)
    • At EyeEm we send events to Flume e.g. when a user uploads a photo.
  • Entities are considered static, like the deterministic output of a function with version X on some data Y. (less common use case)
    • At EyeEm we use this to store the result of expensive deep learning model computations on photos. E.g. photoId=123 contains ["tree", "mountain", "lake"] by keyword function version 3.0. This allows us to do further analysis on the keywords stored in Hadoop later.


Add following lines to your build.sbt:

resolvers += Resolver.bintrayRepo("eyeem", "maven")

libraryDependencies += "com.eyeem" %% "flume-client" % "0.2.0"

Override these defaults in your application.conf if needed:

flume {
  applicationName = "override_your_application_name"
  host = "override_your_hostname"
  portEvent = 9091 # events are sent to this port
  portEntity = 9092 # entities are sent to this port
  enabled = true
  threadPoolSize = 10

Dependency Matrix:

  • This project only supports Scala 2.11.x. If you need Scala 2.10 support please open an issue.
  • This project was built with Java 8. If you wish to use this library in a Java 7 project let us know by opening an issue.
module dependsOn version
flume-client play-json 2.5.x
pureconfig 0.7.2
libthrift 0.9.3

There is a hard dependency on play-json. If you would like to have support for other json libraries, please open an issue or pull request.


You may initialize a FlumeReporter in two ways:

import com.eyeem.flume.client.FlumeReporter

val flumeReporter = new FlumeReporter() // make sure to override at a minimum flume.applicationName and flume.host in your configuration file


import com.eyeem.flume.client.FlumeReporter

val flumeConfig = FlumeConfig(applicationName = "myAppName", host = "myserver.mydomain.overrideMe")
val flumeReporter = new FlumeReporter(flumeConfig) 

Sending Events

import com.eyeem.flume.client.FlumeReporter
import play.api.libs.json.Json

import scala.concurrent.Future

case class MyEvent(someAttribute: String, otherAttribute: Boolean)

object MyEvent {
  implicit val myEventFormat = Json.format[MyEvent]

class SomeClass {

  // initialize your flumeReporter

  def sendMyEvent(): Future[Unit] = {

    // create an event
    val myEvent = MyEvent(someAttribute = "something happened", otherAttribute = true)
    val jsonData = Json.toJson(myEvent)

    // send the event to Flume
    flumeReporter.postEvent("eventName", jsonData)


The above will send the following json payload to localhost:9091 with headers application = "myAppName":

  "event_name": "eventName",
  "timestamp": "2016-07-25T18:18:08.180+02:00",
  "user_id": "myAppName",
  "salt": 873375028,
  "data": {
    "someAttribute": "something happened",
    "otherAttribute": true

Sending Entities

import com.eyeem.flume.client.models.FlumeEntity
import com.eyeem.flume.client.FlumeReporter
import play.api.libs.json.Json

import scala.concurrent.Future

case class MyEntity(someAttribute: String, otherAttribute: Boolean)

object MyEntity {
  implicit val myEventFormat = Json.format[MyEntity]

class SomeClass {

  // initialize your flumeReporter

  def sendMyEntity(): Future[Unit] = {

    // create a static entity
    val entity = MyEntity(someAttribute = "something happened", otherAttribute = true)
    val entityJson = Json.toJson(entity)
    // send an entity
    flumeReporter.postEntity(FlumeEntity("entityName", "v2", entityJson))



The above will send the following to localhost:9092:


  • application = "myAppName"
  • entity = "entityName"
  • version = "v2"


  "someAttribute": "something happened",
  "otherAttribute": true

Note on Futures and execution context

Both postEvent and postEntity functions execute asynchronously and return a Scala Future[Unit]. This Future will fail if an exception occurs (e.g. incorrect hostname set) - keep this in mind when composing futures. Since the underlying calls to Thrift are blocking, it uses a separate execution context (fixed thread pool) configurable through your application.conf to avoid introducing blocking code on your default execution context.


This code is open source software licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.



Pull requests and issues welcome.

  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


  • sbt test for regular tests
  • sbt it:test runs integration tests (They require a running Flume ingestionAgent. Configuration for that is not part of this repo). Tested with apache-flume-1.6.0.

Change the Thrift code

Java code under src/main/java was generated using the Thrift compiler from the Thrift file with

thrift --gen java --out src/main/java src/main/resources/flume.thrift


To publish a new version see Maintainers