Running Java/Scala algorithms from Python


Please ensure you have followed the Python Client Setup guide and LOTR demo running before continuing.

In the previous examples we used the Python Raphtory client to read data from algorithms that have been run via the scala interface. However, we can also run these scala algorithms directly from Python using Py4j.

Note that Py4j only supports Java. Since Raphtory is written in Scala, the Py4j interface will make use of the java bindings. Therefore, we must ensure that our parameters and functions called match exactly with the java variant, otherwise Py4j will not know which method to run.

In a python interactive terminal you can run the py4j help function on the java objects to identify their parameters.


Setup - Create Client

First we create a client and pass in the deployment id.

The code will try to connect to a local raphtory instance with the matching deployment id.

Note: Prior to this you should have the LOTR example running.

Replace this value below raphtory_deployment_id=<YOUR_DEPLOYMENT__ID> e.g. raphtoryclient.client(raphtory_deployment_id="raphtory_12783638")

import raphtoryclient
raphtory = raphtoryclient.client(raphtory_deployment_id="<YOUR_DEPLOYMENT__ID>")
Connecting to RaphtoryClient...
Setting up Java gateway...
Java gateway connected.
Creating Raphtory java object...
Created Raphtory java object.

Setting up an algorithm

To run an algorithm we must first import the class that this algorithm belongs to.

For example to run the ConnectedComponents algorithm that exports to a CSV file (using the FileSink) we must do the following

connectedComponentsAlgorithm =

fileSink =
CsvFormat =
output ="/tmp/pythonCC", CsvFormat())

Running an algorithm

To run the algorithm we can invoke one the temporal queries. For example, lets say we wanted to run the connected components at a specific point in time and include the entire graph up to and including this point. We can do the following. This will run the query on the Raptory Java/Scala instance, you can check the progress of the query there. When complete it will save the output to /tmp/pythonCC

queryHandler = raphtory.graph\

Warning: Give exact arguments when calling algorithms

In order for a scala algorithm to run via python, you must call the algorithm with its exact arguments, otherwise java will not be able to find it.

For example, the Connected Components algorithm has an object, with an empty apply function. This is used to call the algorithm from python. This is a side effect of using py4j.