dtManage Guide


The DataTorrent Console (aka dtManage) is a web-based user interface that allows you to monitor and interact with the DataTorrent platform running on your Hadoop cluster. It is a web-based dashboard that is served by the DataTorrent Gateway, and has five areas: configuration, monitoring, development, and , visualization, and learning.

To download the platform or the VM sandbox, go to http://www.datatorrent.com/download.

Console Screenshot

Connection Requirements

When you install DataTorrent RTS on your Hadoop cluster using the installer binary, the DataTorrent Gateway service is started on the node where the installer is executed. By default, the Gateway serves the console from port 9090. The ability to connect to this node and port depends on your environment, and may require special setup such as an ssh tunnel, firewall configuration changes, VPN access, etc.

Architectural Diagram

Browser Requirements

The Console currently supports Chrome and Safari.

Installation Wizard

The first time you open the Console, after installing DataTorrent RTS on your cluster, it will take you to the Installation Wizard. This walks you through the initial configuration of your DataTorrent installation, by confirming the following:

  • Location of the Hadoop executable
  • DFS location where all the DataTorrent files are stored
  • DataTorrent license
  • Summary and review of any remaining configuration items

When Kerberos Security is Enabled

When your Hadoop cluster has security enabled with Kerberos, there will be four additional controls in the installation wizard:

  • Kerberos Principal: The Kerberos principal (e.g. primary/instance@REALM) to use on behalf of the management console.
  • Kerberos Keytab: The location (path) of the Kerberos keytab file to use on the gateway node's local file system.
  • YARN delegation token lifetime: If the value of the yarn.resourcemanager.delegation.token.max-lifetime property in your cluster configuration has been changed from the default, enter it here. Otherwise, leave this blank and the default will be assumed.
  • Namenode delegation token lifetime: If the value of the dfs.namenode.delegation.token.max-lifetime property in your cluster configuration has been changed from the default, enter it here. Otherwise, leave this blank and the default will be assumed.

Note: The token lifetime values you enter will not actually set these values in your hadoop configuration, it is only meant to inform the DataTorrent platform of these values.

Configure Tab

The configuration page can be found by clicking the “Configure” link in the main navigation bar at the top. There are links to various tools to help you configure and troubleshoot your DataTorrent installation. The configuration page links may differ depending on your cluster setup. The following is a screenshot with a cluster that has simple authentication/authorization enabled.

System Configuration

This page shows diagnostic information regarding the gateway and console, as well as any issues that the gateway may detect.

System Configuration Page

In addition, you can perform the following actions from this page:

Restart the Gateway

This can be useful when Hadoop configuration has changed or some other factor of your cluster environment has changed.

Toggle Reporting

If enabled, your DataTorrent installation will send various pieces of information such as bug reporting and usage statistics back to our servers.

Security Configuration

Use this page to configure the authentication method. You can set the authentication method to be "None" or "Password" as shown in the following screenshot.

Security Configuration Page

Data Torrent RTS does support other authentication methods but they have to be configured through configuration files as described here

System Alerts

Use this page to manage system alerts.

System Alerts page

Click on the + create new alert button to create an alert.

System Alerts page

An alert consists of

  • a condition (a JavaScript expression)
  • a list of recipient email addresses
  • a threshold value in milliseconds
  • a message, and
  • an enabled/disabled flag

The gateway periodically (every 5 seconds) processes all enabled alerts by evaluating the condition. If the condition evaluates to true, the alert is said to be "in effect". If the condition evaluates to false, the alert is said to be "out" (or "out of effect"). If the alert stays "in effect" for the duration specified as the threshold value, then the alert is triggered and the gateway sends an "in effect" email message to all the recipient email addresses.

If a triggered alert goes "out of effect" then the gateway immediately sends an "out of effect" email message to all the recipient email addresses.

The alert condition is specified as a JavaScript expression which is evaluated in the context of something called topics which are described here.

The gateway also provides pre-defined alert "templates" that allow a user to create alerts for certain common conditions without having to write JavaScript expressions.

System Alerts page

Click on the "Predefined Conditions" tab and select a template from the drop-down list. Depending on your selection, you will need to provide more values to be filled into the template. As an example, for the "Application Memory Usage" template you need to provide the Application Name and Memory values as shown below:

System Alerts page

You can click on the "Javascript Code" tab to see the generated JavaScript expression that corresponds to your alert template selection and provided values as shown below:

System Alerts page

You can generate a test email to validate your alert by checking the "Send Test Email" check-box and clicking on the blue "Test" button. The test email is sent regardless of the true or false result of the JavaScript condition, if the evaluation has no errors provided SMTP is configured as described in the Alerts section.

License Information

Use the License Information page to view how much of your DataTorrent license capacity your cluster is consuming as well as what capabilities your license permits. You can also upload new license files here.

License Screen

User Profile

The User Profile page displays information about the current user, including their username, the authentication scheme being used, and the roles that the current user has. In addition, users can perform the following actions:

  • Change password
  • Change the default home page
  • Change the theme of the console
  • Restore the default options of the console

User Profile

User Management

Use this page to manage users and roles of your DataTorrent cluster:

  • Add users
  • Change users’ roles
  • Change users’ password
  • Delete users
  • Add roles
  • Edit role permissions
  • Delete roles

User Management Screen

Note: With most authentication schemes, the admin role cannot be deleted.

Installation Wizard

At any time, you can go back to the installation wizard from the Configuration Tab. It can help diagnose issues and reconfigure your cluster and gateway.

Develop Tab

The development area of dtManage is mainly geared towards the creation, upload, configuration, and launch of DataTorrent applications. The development home can be viewed by clicking the “Develop” tab in the main navigation bar on the top of the screen. A prerequisite to using the development tools of the UI is an understanding of what Apex Application Packages are. For more information, see the Application Packages Guide.

Development Tab

Application Packages

To access the application package listing, click on the "Apps" link from the Develop Tab index page. From here, you can perform several operations directly on application packages:

  • Download the app package
  • Delete the app package
  • Create a new application in an application package via dtAssemble (requires enterprise license)
  • Launch applications in the app package
  • Import from AppHub

Note: If authentication is enabled, you may not be able to see others’ app packages, depending on your permissions.


The AppHub hosts a collection of applications that can be imported or downloaded (as .apa files). You can use the applications as they are, or use them as examples to develop your own. Imported AppHub packages will appear on your Application Packages page.

Application Package Page

Once you have uploaded or imported an App Package, clicking on the package name in the list will take you to the Application Package Page, where you can view all the package details.

Application Package Page

Aside from various pieces of meta information (owner, DataTorrent version, required properties, etc), you will see a list of apps found in this package.

Launching Apps

To launch an app in an App Package, click on the launch button to the far right of the list. A dialog box will appear with several options:

  • Specify a name for the running app The console will pre-populate this field with an appropriate name, but you can specify your own name. Just be weary that it must be unique compared to the other applications running on your DataTorrent installation.
  • Specify launch properties In addition to choosing a config file, you may also specify properties directly in the launch popup by selecting this option. Any required properties will automatically show up in this section and require input. Note that there are several helpful functions when specifying custom properties:
  • add - App Packages can have custom properties applied at launch time to override existing properties.
    • add default properties - App Packages can also have default properties. This function will add the default properties to the list, making it easy for you to override the defaults. This button can be found clicking on the add button's submenu. If any properties were added, the option to save the properties as a Configuration Package is activated.
  • Use configuration file App Package config files are xml files that contain <properties> that get interpreted and used for launching an application. To choose one, enable the check box and choose the config file you want to use for launch.
  • Use configuration package App Packages with a separate associated Configuration Package can be selected here. The Configuration Package will launch with its own custom properties.
  • Specify the scheduler queue This input allows you to specify which queue you want the application to be launched under. The default behavior depends on your Hadoop installation, but typically will be root.[USER_NAME].

Launch app modal

Note: For more information about config files and custom properties, see the Application Packages Guide

Viewing an Application

All DataTorrent applications are made up of operators that connect together via streams to form a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG). To see a visualization of this DAG, click on the application name in the list of applications. In addition to the DAG, Package Properties and any Required Properties will be listed on this page.

DAG View

Creating apps with dtAssemble

If you have an Enterprise license, you will have access to the dtAssemble tool. Using this tool is outside the scope of this guide, but check out the dtAssemble guide.

Monitor Tab

The main operations dashboard can be visited by clicking on the “Monitor” link in the main top navigation bar. This section of the Console can be used to monitor, debug, and kill running DataTorrent applications.

Operations Home

The operations home page shows overall cluster statistics as well as a list of running DataTorrent applications.

Operations Home Page

The cluster statistics include some performance statistics and memory usage information. As for the application list, there are two options to take note of: ended apps and system apps. The first option will include all ended applications that are still in the resource manager history. The second option will include system apps, which are apps like the App Data Tracker that are developed by DataTorrent and used to add functionality to your DataTorrent cluster.

Instance Page

To get to an application instance page, click on either the app name or the app id in the list of running applications.

Instance Page View

All sections and subsections of the instance page currently use a dashboard/widget system. The controls for this system are located near the top of the screen, below the breadcrumbs:

widget controls

There are tool tips to help you understand how to work with dashboards and widgets. For most users, the default dashboard configurations (logical, physical, physical-dag-view, metric-view, attempts) will suffice. The following is a list of widgets available on an app instance page:

Application Overview Widget

All the default dashboard tabs have this widget. It contains basic information regarding the app plus a few controls. To end a running application, use either the “shutdown” or “kill” buttons in this widget:

shutdown and kill buttons

The “shutdown” function tries to gracefully stop the application, while “kill” forces the application to end. In either case, you will need to confirm your action.

You can also use the set logging level button on this widget to specify what logging level gets written to the dt.log files.

Application Overview widget

You will then be presented with a dialog where you can specify either fully-qualified class names or package identifiers with wildcards:

set log level modal

Stram Events Widget

Each application has a stream of notable events that can be viewed with the StrAM Events widget:

Stram Events

Some events have additional information attached to it, which can be viewed by clicking the "i" icon in the list:

Event Detail Modal

Logical DAG Widget

This widget visualizes the logical plan of the application being viewed:

Additionally, you can cycle through various metrics aggregated by logical operator. In the screenshot above, processed tuples per second and emitted tuples per second are shown.

Pro tip: Hold the alt/option key while using your mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out on the DAG.

Physical DAG Widget

This is similar to the Logical DAG Widget, except it shows the fully deployed "physical" operators. Depending on the partitioning of your application, this could be significantly more complex than the Logical DAG view.

Same-colored physical operators in this widget indicates that these operators are in the same container.

Logical Operators List Widget

This widget shows a list of logical operators in the application. This table, like others, has live updates, filtering, column ordering, stacked row sorting, and column resizing.

One nice feature specific to this widget is the ability to set the logging level for the Java class of a logical operator by selecting it in this list and using the provided dropdown, like so:

Physical Operators List Widget

Shows the physical operators in the application.

Containers List Widget

Shows the containers in the application. From this widget you can: select a container and go to one of its logs, fetch non-running containers and view information about them, and even kill selected containers.

Logical Streams List Widget

Shows a list of the streams in the application. There are also links to the logical operator pages for the sources and sinks of each stream.

Metrics Chart

Shows various metrics of your application on a real-time line chart. Single-click a metric to toggle its visibility. Double-click a metric to toggle all other keys' visibility.

Recording and Viewing Sample Tuples

There is a mechanism called tuple recording that can be used to easily look at the content of tuples flowing through your application. To use this feature, select a physical operator from the Physical Operators List widget and click on the “record a sample” button. This will bring up a modal window which you can then use to traverse the sample and look at the actual content of the tuple (converted to a JSON structure):

Pro tip: Select multiple tuples by holding down the shift key.

Viewing Logs

Another useful feature of the Console is the ability to view container logs of a given application. To do this, select a container from the Containers List widget (default location of this widget is in the “physical” dashboard). Then click the logs dropdown and select the log you want to look at:

Once you are viewing a log file in the console, there are few tricks to traversing it. You can scroll to the top to fetch earlier content, scroll to the bottom for later content, "tail" the log to watch for real-time updates, grep for strings in the selected range or over the entire log, and click the “eye” icon to the far left of every line to go to that location of the log: