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SparkR interpreter not found in Zeeplin



I am unable to execute SparkR in Zeeplin and I see below issue.

Can someone help me.




Here is the error:

org.apache.zeppelin.interpreter.InterpreterException: spark.r interpreter not found at org.apache.zeppelin.interpreter.InterpreterFactory.getInterpreter( at at org.apache.zeppelin.socket.NotebookServer.persistAndExecuteSingleParagraph( at org.apache.zeppelin.socket.NotebookServer.runParagraph( at org.apache.zeppelin.socket.NotebookServer.onMessage( at org.apache.zeppelin.socket.NotebookSocket.onWebSocketText( at at org.eclipse.jetty.websocket.common.message.SimpleTextMessage.messageComplete( at at at at org.eclipse.jetty.websocket.common.WebSocketSession.incomingFrame( at org.eclipse.jetty.websocket.common.extensions.ExtensionStack.incomingFrame( at org.eclipse.jetty.websocket.common.Parser.notifyFrame( at org.eclipse.jetty.websocket.common.Parser.parse( at at at$ at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.QueuedThreadPool.runJob( at org.eclipse.jetty.util.thread.QueuedThreadPool$ at

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Please make sure R is install following the steps described here:

You can read more about sparkr interpreter here:

As per "spark.r interpreter not found" make sure you have spark interpreter installed and configured. And that you are using correct %<name> - For example, in my environment I only use spark2 hence I need to use interpreter %spark2.r instead of %spark.r (which fails with same error as yours) - You can check by clicking on top right drop down menu next to your username > Interpreter > Filter by spark.

Finally review the Spark interpreter configuration settings for R



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@Felix Albani

I believe there are some configuration issues too.

Here is the list of interpreters in the zeppelin - found from Ambari .


I dont see any interpreter related to R or sparkR here.

Do we need to add interpreter in zeppelin-site.xml and I see below are the interpreters to be added:


Do I need to add them?

I see R is installed properly on the server.

@Sriram I have same values exactly as you listed above. Could you share a screenshot of drop down menu next to your username > Interpreter > Filter by spark? Also could you confirm if regular %spark works?


Thanks for response. Will check and will get back to you.

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