Mesos Setup


The Mesos implementation consists of two components: The Application Master and the Worker. The workers are simple TaskManagers which are parameterized by the environment set up by the application master. The most sophisticated component of the Mesos implementation is the application master. The application master currently hosts the following components:

Mesos Scheduler

The scheduler is responsible for registering the framework with Mesos, requesting resources, and launching worker nodes. The scheduler continuously needs to report back to Mesos to ensure the framework is in a healthy state. To verify the health of the cluster, the scheduler monitors the spawned workers and marks them as failed and restarts them if necessary.

Flink’s Mesos scheduler itself is currently not highly available. However, it persists all necessary information about its state (e.g. configuration, list of workers) in Zookeeper. In the presence of a failure, it relies on an external system to bring up a new scheduler. The scheduler will then register with Mesos again and go through the reconciliation phase. In the reconciliation phase, the scheduler receives a list of running workers nodes. It matches these against the recovered information from Zookeeper and makes sure to bring back the cluster in the state before the failure.

Artifact Server

The artifact server is responsible for providing resources to the worker nodes. The resources can be anything from the Flink binaries to shared secrets or configuration files. For instance, in non-containered environments, the artifact server will provide the Flink binaries. What files will be served depends on the configuration overlay used.

The Mesos scheduler currently resides with the JobManager but will be started independently of the JobManager in future versions (see FLIP-6). The proposed changes will also add a Dipsatcher component which will be the central point for job submission and monitoring.

Startup script and configuration overlays

The startup script provide a way to configure and start the application master. All further configuration is then inherited by the workers nodes. This is achieved using configuration overlays. Configuration overlays provide a way to infer configuration from environment variables and config files which are shipped to the worker nodes.


This section refers to DC/OS which is a Mesos distribution with a sophisticated application management layer. It comes pre-installed with Marathon, a service to supervise applications and maintain their state in case of failures.

If you don’t have a running DC/OS cluster, please follow the instructions on how to install DC/OS on the official website.

Once you have a DC/OS cluster, you may install Flink through the DC/OS Universe. In the search prompt, just search for Flink. Alternatively, you can use the DC/OS CLI:

dcos package install flink

Further information can be found in the DC/OS examples documentation.

Mesos without DC/OS

You can also run Mesos without DC/OS.

Installing Mesos

Please follow the instructions on how to setup Mesos on the official website.

After installation you have to configure the set of master and agent nodes by creating the files MESOS_HOME/etc/mesos/masters and MESOS_HOME/etc/mesos/slaves. These files contain in each row a single hostname on which the respective component will be started (assuming SSH access to these nodes).

Next you have to create MESOS_HOME/etc/mesos/ or use the template found in the same directory. In this file, you have to define

export MESOS_work_dir=WORK_DIRECTORY

and it is recommended to uncommment


In order to configure the Mesos agents, you have to create MESOS_HOME/etc/mesos/ or use the template found in the same directory. You have to configure


and uncomment

export MESOS_work_dir=WORK_DIRECTORY

Mesos Library

In order to run Java applications with Mesos you have to export MESOS_NATIVE_JAVA_LIBRARY=MESOS_HOME/lib/ on Linux. Under Mac OS X you have to export MESOS_NATIVE_JAVA_LIBRARY=MESOS_HOME/lib/libmesos.dylib.

Deploying Mesos

In order to start your mesos cluster, use the deployment script MESOS_HOME/sbin/ In order to stop your mesos cluster, use the deployment script MESOS_HOME/sbin/ More information about the deployment scripts can be found here.

Installing Marathon

Optionally, you may also install Marathon which will be necessary to run Flink in high availability (HA) mode.

You may install Flink on all of your Mesos Master and Agent nodes. You can also pull the binaries from the Flink web site during deployment and apply your custom configuration before launching the application master. A more convenient and easier to maintain approach is to use Docker containers to manage the Flink binaries and configuration.

This is controlled via the following configuration entries:

mesos.resourcemanager.tasks.container.type: mesos _or_ docker

If set to ‘docker’, specify the image name: image_name


In the /bin directory of the Flink distribution, you find two startup scripts which manage the Flink processes in a Mesos cluster:

  1. This starts the Mesos application master which will register the Mesos scheduler. It is also responsible for starting up the worker nodes.

  2. The entry point for the Mesos worker processes. You don’t need to explicitly execute this script. It is automatically launched by the Mesos worker node to bring up a new TaskManager.

In order to run the script you have to define mesos.master in the flink-conf.yaml or pass it via -Dmesos.master=... to the Java process. Additionally, you should define the number of task managers which are started by Mesos via mesos.initial-tasks. This value can also be defined in the flink-conf.yaml or passed as a Java property.

When executing, it will create a job manager on the machine where you executed the script. In contrast to that, the task managers will be run as Mesos tasks in the Mesos cluster.

General configuration

It is possible to completely parameterize a Mesos application through Java properties passed to the Mesos application master. This also allows to specify general Flink configuration parameters. For example:

bin/ \ \
    -Djobmanager.heap.mb=1024 \
    -Djobmanager.rpc.port=6123 \
    -Djobmanager.web.port=8081 \
    -Dmesos.initial-tasks=10 \
    -Dmesos.resourcemanager.tasks.mem=4096 \
    -Dtaskmanager.heap.mb=3500 \
    -Dtaskmanager.numberOfTaskSlots=2 \

High Availability

You will need to run a service like Marathon or Apache Aurora which takes care of restarting the Flink master process in case of node or process failures. In addition, Zookeeper needs to be configured like described in the High Availability section of the Flink docs

For the reconciliation of tasks to work correctly, please also set high-availability.zookeeper.path.mesos-workers to a valid Zookeeper path.


Marathon needs to be set up to launch the bin/ script. In particular, it should also adjust any configuration parameters for the Flink cluster.

Here is an example configuration for Marathon:

    "id": "flink",
    "cmd": "$FLINK_HOME/bin/ -Djobmanager.heap.mb=1024 -Djobmanager.rpc.port=6123 -Djobmanager.web.port=8081 -Dmesos.initial-tasks=1 -Dmesos.resourcemanager.tasks.mem=1024 -Dtaskmanager.heap.mb=1024 -Dtaskmanager.numberOfTaskSlots=2 -Dparallelism.default=2 -Dmesos.resourcemanager.tasks.cpus=1",
    "cpus": 1.0,
    "mem": 1024

When running Flink with Marathon, the whole Flink cluster including the job manager will be run as Mesos tasks in the Mesos cluster.

Configuration parameters

mesos.initial-tasks: The initial workers to bring up when the master starts (DEFAULT: The number of workers specified at cluster startup).

mesos.constraints.hard.hostattribute: Constraints for task placement on mesos based on agent attributes (DEFAULT: None). Takes a comma-separated list of key:value pairs corresponding to the attributes exposed by the target mesos agents. Example: az:eu-west-1a,series:t2

mesos.maximum-failed-tasks: The maximum number of failed workers before the cluster fails (DEFAULT: Number of initial workers). May be set to -1 to disable this feature.

mesos.master: The Mesos master URL. The value should be in one of the following forms:

  • host:port
  • zk://host1:port1,host2:port2,.../path
  • zk://username:password@host1:port1,host2:port2,.../path
  • file:///path/to/file

mesos.failover-timeout: The failover timeout in seconds for the Mesos scheduler, after which running tasks are automatically shut down (DEFAULT: 600).

mesos.resourcemanager.artifactserver.port:The config parameter defining the Mesos artifact server port to use. Setting the port to 0 will let the OS choose an available port. Mesos framework name (DEFAULT: Flink)

mesos.resourcemanager.framework.role: Mesos framework role definition (DEFAULT: *)

high-availability.zookeeper.path.mesos-workers: The ZooKeeper root path for persisting the Mesos worker information.

mesos.resourcemanager.framework.principal: Mesos framework principal (NO DEFAULT)

mesos.resourcemanager.framework.secret: Mesos framework secret (NO DEFAULT)

mesos.resourcemanager.framework.user: Mesos framework user (DEFAULT:””)

mesos.resourcemanager.artifactserver.ssl.enabled: Enables SSL for the Flink artifact server (DEFAULT: true). Note that security.ssl.enabled also needs to be set to true encryption to enable encryption.

mesos.resourcemanager.tasks.mem: Memory to assign to the Mesos workers in MB (DEFAULT: 1024)

mesos.resourcemanager.tasks.cpus: CPUs to assign to the Mesos workers (DEFAULT: 0.0)

mesos.resourcemanager.tasks.container.type: Type of the containerization used: “mesos” or “docker” (DEFAULT: mesos); Image name to use for the container (NO DEFAULT)

mesos.resourcemanager.tasks.container.volumes: A comma seperated list of [host_path:]container_path[:RO RW]. This allows for mounting additional volumes into your container. (NO DEFAULT)

mesos.resourcemanager.tasks.hostname: Optional value to define the TaskManager’s hostname. The pattern _TASK_ is replaced by the actual id of the Mesos task. This can be used to configure the TaskManager to use Mesos DNS (e.g. _TASK_.flink-service.mesos) for name lookups. (NO DEFAULT)

mesos.resourcemanager.tasks.bootstrap-cmd: A command which is executed before the TaskManager is started (NO DEFAULT).