This documentation is for an out-of-date version of Apache Flink. We recommend you use the latest stable version.

Quickstart: Setup

Get Flink up and running in a few simple steps.


Flink runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. To be able to run Flink, the only requirement is to have a working Java 7.x (or higher) installation. Windows users, please take a look at the Flink on Windows guide which describes how to run Flink on Windows for local setups.


Download the ready to run binary package. Choose the Flink distribution that matches your Hadoop version. If you are unsure which version to choose or you just want to run locally, pick the package for Hadoop 1.2.


  1. Go to the download directory.
  2. Unpack the downloaded archive.
  3. Start Flink.
$ cd ~/Downloads        # Go to download directory
$ tar xzf flink-*.tgz   # Unpack the downloaded archive
$ cd flink-0.10.2
$ bin/    # Start Flink

Check the JobManager’s web frontend at http://localhost:8081 and make sure everything is up and running.

Instead of starting Flink with bin/ you can also start Flink in an streaming optimized mode, using bin/

Run Example

Run the Word Count example to see Flink at work.

  • Download test data:

    $ wget -O hamlet.txt
  • You now have a text file called hamlet.txt in your working directory.
  • Start the example program:

    $ bin/flink run ./examples/WordCount.jar file://`pwd`/hamlet.txt file://`pwd`/wordcount-result.txt
  • You will find a file called wordcount-result.txt in your current directory.

Cluster Setup

Running Flink on a cluster is as easy as running it locally. Having passwordless SSH and the same directory structure on all your cluster nodes lets you use our scripts to control everything.

  1. Copy the unpacked flink directory from the downloaded archive to the same file system path on each node of your setup.
  2. Choose a master node (JobManager) and set the jobmanager.rpc.address key in conf/flink-conf.yaml to its IP or hostname. Make sure that all nodes in your cluster have the same jobmanager.rpc.address configured.
  3. Add the IPs or hostnames (one per line) of all worker nodes (TaskManager) to the slaves files in conf/slaves.

You can now start the cluster at your master node with bin/ If you are planning to run only streaming jobs with Flink, you can also an optimized streaming mode:

The following example illustrates the setup with three nodes (with IP addresses from to and hostnames master, worker1, worker2) and shows the contents of the configuration files, which need to be accessible at the same path on all machines:




Have a look at the Configuration section of the documentation to see other available configuration options. For Flink to run efficiently, a few configuration values need to be set.

In particular,

  • the amount of available memory per TaskManager (taskmanager.heap.mb),
  • the number of available CPUs per machine (taskmanager.numberOfTaskSlots),
  • the total number of CPUs in the cluster (parallelism.default) and
  • the temporary directories (taskmanager.tmp.dirs)

are very important configuration values.

You can easily deploy Flink on your existing YARN cluster.

  1. Download the Flink Hadoop2 package: Flink with Hadoop 2
  2. Make sure your HADOOP_HOME (or YARN_CONF_DIR or HADOOP_CONF_DIR) environment variable is set to read your YARN and HDFS configuration.
  3. Run the YARN client with: ./bin/ You can run the client with options -n 10 -tm 8192 to allocate 10 TaskManagers with 8GB of memory each.

For more detailed instructions, check out the programming Guides and examples.