SparkContext.sequenceFile(path: str, keyClass: Optional[str] = None, valueClass: Optional[str] = None, keyConverter: Optional[str] = None, valueConverter: Optional[str] = None, minSplits: Optional[int] = None, batchSize: int = 0) → pyspark.rdd.RDD[Tuple[T, U]][source]

Read a Hadoop SequenceFile with arbitrary key and value Writable class from HDFS, a local file system (available on all nodes), or any Hadoop-supported file system URI. The mechanism is as follows:

  1. A Java RDD is created from the SequenceFile or other InputFormat, and the key and value Writable classes

  2. Serialization is attempted via Pickle pickling

  3. If this fails, the fallback is to call ‘toString’ on each key and value

  4. CPickleSerializer is used to deserialize pickled objects on the Python side

New in version 1.3.0.


path to sequencefile

keyClass: str, optional

fully qualified classname of key Writable class (e.g. “”)

valueClassstr, optional

fully qualified classname of value Writable class (e.g. “”)

keyConverterstr, optional

fully qualified name of a function returning key WritableConverter

valueConverterstr, optional

fully qualifiedname of a function returning value WritableConverter

minSplitsint, optional

minimum splits in dataset (default min(2, sc.defaultParallelism))

batchSizeint, optional, default 0

The number of Python objects represented as a single Java object. (default 0, choose batchSize automatically)


RDD of tuples of key and corresponding value


>>> import os
>>> import tempfile

Set the class of output format

>>> output_format_class = "org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.output.SequenceFileOutputFormat"
>>> with tempfile.TemporaryDirectory() as d:
...     path = os.path.join(d, "hadoop_file")
...     # Write a temporary Hadoop file
...     rdd = sc.parallelize([(1, {3.0: "bb"}), (2, {1.0: "aa"}), (3, {2.0: "dd"})])
...     rdd.saveAsNewAPIHadoopFile(path, output_format_class)
...     collected = sorted(sc.sequenceFile(path).collect())
>>> collected
[(1, {3.0: 'bb'}), (2, {1.0: 'aa'}), (3, {2.0: 'dd'})]