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Apache NiFi is an easy to use, powerful, and
reliable system to process and distribute data.
Table of Contents
Apache NiFi was made for dataflow. It supports highly configurable directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic. Some of its key features include:
- Web-based user interface
- Seamless experience for design, control, and monitoring
- Multi-tenant user experience
- Highly configurable
- Loss tolerant vs guaranteed delivery
- Low latency vs high throughput
- Dynamic prioritization
- Flows can be modified at runtime
- Back pressure
- Scales up to leverage full machine capability
- Scales out with zero-master clustering model
- Data Provenance
- Track dataflow from beginning to end
- Designed for extension
- Build your own processors and more
- Enables rapid development and effective testing
- SSL, SSH, HTTPS, encrypted content, etc...
- Pluggable fine-grained role-based authentication/authorization
- Multiple teams can manage and share specific portions of the flow
- JDK 1.8 or newer
- Apache Maven 3.1.0 or newer
- Git Client (used during build process by 'bower' plugin)
- Read through the quickstart guide for development.
It will include information on getting a local copy of the source, give pointers on issue
tracking, and provide some warnings about common problems with development environments.
- For a more comprehensive guide to development and information about contributing to the project
read through the NiFi Developer's Guide.
mvn clean installor for parallel build execute
mvn -T 2.0C clean install. On a
modest development laptop that is a couple of years old, the latter build takes a bit under ten
minutes. After a large amount of output you should eventually see a success message.
laptop:nifi myuser$ mvn -T 2.0C clean install [INFO] Scanning for projects... [INFO] Inspecting build with total of 115 modules... ...tens of thousands of lines elided... [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------ [INFO] BUILD SUCCESS [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------ [INFO] Total time: 09:24 min (Wall Clock) [INFO] Finished at: 2015-04-30T00:30:36-05:00 [INFO] Final Memory: 173M/1359M [INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
Change directory to 'nifi-assembly'. In the target directory, there should be a build of nifi.
laptop:nifi myuser$ cd nifi-assembly laptop:nifi-assembly myuser$ ls -lhd target/nifi* drwxr-xr-x 3 myuser mygroup 102B Apr 30 00:29 target/nifi-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT-bin -rw-r--r-- 1 myuser mygroup 144M Apr 30 00:30 target/nifi-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT-bin.tar.gz -rw-r--r-- 1 myuser mygroup 144M Apr 30 00:30 target/nifi-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT-bin.zip
For testing ongoing development you could use the already unpacked build present in the directory
named "nifi-version-bin", where version is the current project version. To deploy in another
location make use of either the tarball or zipfile and unpack them wherever you like. The
distribution will be within a common parent directory named for the version.
laptop:nifi-assembly myuser$ mkdir ~/example-nifi-deploy laptop:nifi-assembly myuser$ tar xzf target/nifi-*-bin.tar.gz -C ~/example-nifi-deploy laptop:nifi-assembly myuser$ ls -lh ~/example-nifi-deploy/ total 0 drwxr-xr-x 10 myuser mygroup 340B Apr 30 01:06 nifi-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT
To run NiFi:
Change directory to the location where you installed NiFi and run it.
laptop:~ myuser$ cd ~/example-nifi-deploy/nifi-* laptop:nifi-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT myuser$ ./bin/nifi.sh start
Direct your browser to http://localhost:8080/nifi/ and you should see a screen like this screenshot:
For help building your first data flow see the NiFi User Guide
If you are testing ongoing development, you will likely want to stop your instance.
laptop:~ myuser$ cd ~/example-nifi-deploy/nifi-* laptop:nifi-1.0.0-SNAPSHOT myuser$ ./bin/nifi.sh stop
If you have questions, you can reach out to our mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more interactive conversations and chat, we're also often available in IRC: #nifi on
irc.freenode.net and in #NiFi on ASF HipChat.
See http://nifi.apache.org/ for the latest documentation.
Except as otherwise noted this software is licensed under the
Apache License, Version 2.0
Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.
This distribution includes cryptographic software. The country in which you
currently reside may have restrictions on the import, possession, use, and/or
re-export to another country, of encryption software. BEFORE using any
encryption software, please check your country's laws, regulations and
policies concerning the import, possession, or use, and re-export of encryption
software, to see if this is permitted. See http://www.wassenaar.org/ for more
The U.S. Government Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
(BIS), has classified this software as Export Commodity Control Number (ECCN)
5D002.C.1, which includes information security software using or performing
cryptographic functions with asymmetric algorithms. The form and manner of this
Apache Software Foundation distribution makes it eligible for export under the
License Exception ENC Technology Software Unrestricted (TSU) exception (see the
BIS Export Administration Regulations, Section 740.13) for both object code and
The following provides more details on the included cryptographic software:
Apache NiFi uses BouncyCastle, Jasypt, JCraft Inc., and the built-in
java cryptography libraries for SSL, SSH, and the protection
of sensitive configuration parameters. See
for more details on each of these libraries cryptography features.