pd is a panda module is one way of reading excel but its not available in my cluster. I want to read excel without pd module. Code1 and Code2 are two implementations i want in pyspark.

Code 1: Reading Excel

pdf = pd.read_excel(Name.xlsx)
sparkDF = sqlContext.createDataFrame(pdf)
df = sparkDF.rdd.map(list)

Want to implement without pandas module

Code 2: gets list of strings from column colname in dataframe df

stringsList = []
columnList = list(df[colname])
for i in range(len(columnList)):
    if type(columnList[i]) != float:
        text = columnList[i]
return stringsList

I want to implement this in pyspark.

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    $\begingroup$ Why don't you convert the Excel files before uploading them to the cluster? If you are allowed to install libraries there's github.com/crealytics/spark-excel $\endgroup$
    – Emre
    Aug 31, 2017 at 19:20
  • $\begingroup$ It does not depend on me its requirement.They want data from excel only.Thanks for response @Emre $\endgroup$
    – shalu
    Sep 1, 2017 at 10:00

2 Answers 2


Is pandas itself available on the cluster? If so, you may try to go with the in-built read_excel().

You may also try the HadoopOffice library, it contains a Spark DataSource, also available as Spark Package, you can easily test it out without any installation:

$SPARK_HOME/bin/pyspark --packages com.github.zuinnote:spark-hadoopoffice-ds_2.11:1.0.4

Some people also recommend the Spark Excel dependency.

  • $\begingroup$ Pandas not available in cluster.Will try with hadoopOffice but I am not not sure whether I can use it or not. $\endgroup$
    – shalu
    Feb 27, 2018 at 7:03
  • $\begingroup$ The Spark Excel I mentioned doesn't require installation too, e.g.: $SPARK_HOME/bin/spark-shell --packages com.crealytics:spark-excel_2.11:0.9.12 $\endgroup$
    – Dominik
    Feb 27, 2018 at 11:16
  • $\begingroup$ Is there any way without any installation I can do this. $\endgroup$
    – shalu
    Jul 12, 2018 at 11:55
  • $\begingroup$ Please take a look at my previous comment, right above yours :] $\endgroup$
    – Dominik
    Jul 13, 2018 at 8:34

You need the jar crealytics. Use the link - jar to download the jar

Try this, it would help!

def get_df_from_excel(sqlContext, file_name):
    This method is intended to create a dataframe form excel file
    :param sqlContext: sqlContext
    :param file_name:  - Address of file 
    :return: dataframe
    return sqlContext.read.format("com.crealytics.spark.excel") \
        .option("useHeader", "true") \
        .option("treatEmptyValuesAsNulls", "true") \
        .option("inferSchema", "true") \
        .option("addColorColumns", "False") \
        .option("maxRowsInMey", 2000) \
        .option("sheetName", "Import") \

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