sethammons sethammons - 1 year ago 79
Java Question

Apache Storm - ClassNotFoundException on storm-starter

I’m trying to get the storm-starter to work. I tried the mailing list, and that does not seem to be gaining traction. When I run the following:

$ mvn compile exec:java -Dstorm.topology=storm.starter.ExclamationTopology

I get an error:

Error on initialization of server mk-worker
java.lang.RuntimeException: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: backtype.storm.testing.TestWordSpout

I’m not a java developer, so I’m not sure exactly how imports are supposed to work. I do see

When I find any jar files, I see:


When I inspect those jar files,
is not there. I am running my commands from
as per the documentation linked above.

To the best of my knowledge, I've followed the tutorial exactly. OSX El Capitan 10.11.2, Java 1.8.0, Storm 0.9.5., Maven 3.3.3. Any help would be great; I’d enjoy being able to get started :)

Answer Source

Running a Storm Topology via maven is not the way to go. You should use bin/storm jar myJarFile.jar on command line to submit a topology to a cluster (which does also work for local mode).

The files ./target/original-storm-starter-0.11.0-SNAPSHOT.jar and ./target/storm-starter-0.11.0-SNAPSHOT.jar are standard maven artifacts and cannot be used to submit a topology to a cluster.

You can use maven-jar-plugin (which I would recommend to get started -- you might need to use maven-dependency-plugin, too),maven-assembly-plugin, ormaven-shade-pluginto assembly a correctjar` file for submission. There is a bunch of SO question about this so I will not include further details here. For an example you can have a look into my git repository at

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