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Note: Scala 2.11 users should download the Spark source package and build with Scala 2.11 support.
Preview releases, as the name suggests, are releases for previewing upcoming features. Unlike nightly packages, preview releases have been audited by the project’s management committee to satisfy the legal requirements of Apache Software Foundation’s release policy. Preview releases are not meant to be functional, i.e. they can and highly likely will contain critical bugs or documentation errors.
The latest preview release is Spark 2.0.0-preview, published on May 24, 2016. You can select and download it above.
Spark artifacts are hosted in Maven Central. You can add a Maven dependency with the following coordinates:
groupId: org.apache.spark artifactId: spark-core_2.10 version: 1.6.2
If you are interested in working with the newest under-development code or contributing to Apache Spark development, you can also check out the master branch from Git:
# Master development branch git clone git://github.com/apache/spark.git # 1.6 maintenance branch with stability fixes on top of Spark 1.6.2 git clone git://github.com/apache/spark.git -b branch-1.6
Once you’ve downloaded Spark, you can find instructions for installing and building it on the documentation page.
For developers, Spark maintains nightly builds and SNAPSHOT artifacts. More information is available on the Spark developer Wiki.