• Type: Improvement
    • Status: Resolved
    • Priority: Blocker
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: 1.4.0
    • Component/s: PySpark
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    • Target Version/s:


      It would be nice to have Python 3 support in PySpark, provided that we can do it in a way that maintains backwards-compatibility with Python 2.6.

      I started looking into porting this; my WIP work can be found at

      I was able to use the futurize tool to handle the basic conversion of things like print statements, etc. and had to manually fix up a few imports for packages that moved / were renamed, but the major blocker that I hit was cloudpickle:

      [joshrosen python (python3)]$ PYSPARK_PYTHON=python3 ../bin/pyspark
      Python 3.4.2 (default, Oct 19 2014, 17:52:17)
      [GCC 4.2.1 Compatible Apple LLVM 6.0 (clang-600.0.51)] on darwin
      Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
      Traceback (most recent call last):
        File "/Users/joshrosen/Documents/Spark/python/pyspark/", line 28, in <module>
          import pyspark
        File "/Users/joshrosen/Documents/spark/python/pyspark/", line 41, in <module>
          from pyspark.context import SparkContext
        File "/Users/joshrosen/Documents/spark/python/pyspark/", line 26, in <module>
          from pyspark import accumulators
        File "/Users/joshrosen/Documents/spark/python/pyspark/", line 97, in <module>
          from pyspark.cloudpickle import CloudPickler
        File "/Users/joshrosen/Documents/spark/python/pyspark/", line 120, in <module>
          class CloudPickler(pickle.Pickler):
        File "/Users/joshrosen/Documents/spark/python/pyspark/", line 122, in CloudPickler
          dispatch = pickle.Pickler.dispatch.copy()
      AttributeError: type object '_pickle.Pickler' has no attribute 'dispatch'

      This code looks like it will be hard difficult to port to Python 3, so this might be a good reason to switch to Dill for Python serialization.


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                davies Davies Liu
                joshrosen Josh Rosen
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