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Writing a Custom InputFormatΒΆ

You can use a custom Java InputFormat together with a Python RecordReader: the java RecordReader supplied by the InputFormat will be overridden by the Python one.

Consider the following simple modification of Hadoop’s built-in TextInputFormat:

package it.crs4.pydoop.mapred;


import org.apache.hadoop.fs.*;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapred.*;

public class TextInputFormat extends FileInputFormat<LongWritable, Text>
    implements JobConfigurable {

    private Boolean will_split;

    public void configure(JobConf conf) {
      will_split = conf.getBoolean("pydoop.input.issplitable", true);

    protected boolean isSplitable(FileSystem fs, Path file) {
      return will_split;

    public RecordReader<LongWritable, Text> getRecordReader(
        InputSplit genericSplit, JobConf job, Reporter reporter
      throws IOException {
      return new LineRecordReader(job, (FileSplit) genericSplit);

With respect to the default one, this InputFormat adds a configurable boolean parameter (pydoop.input.issplitable) that, if set to false, makes input files non-splitable (i.e., you can’t get more input splits than the number of input files).

The following code implements the same input format with MapReduce V2:

package it.crs4.pydoop.mapreduce;

import org.apache.hadoop.fs.Path;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.InputSplit;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.JobContext;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.RecordReader;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.TaskAttemptContext;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.input.FileInputFormat;
import org.apache.hadoop.mapreduce.lib.input.LineRecordReader;

public class TextInputFormat extends FileInputFormat<LongWritable, Text> {

    public RecordReader<LongWritable, Text> createRecordReader(
      InputSplit split, TaskAttemptContext context) {
        return new LineRecordReader();

    protected boolean isSplitable(JobContext context, Path file) {
      return context.getConfiguration().getBoolean(
        "pydoop.input.issplitable", true);

For details on how to compile the above code into a jar and use it with Pydoop, see examples/input_format.