· Feb 22, 2017 2m read

Using InterSystems Caché and Apache Zeppelin

I' have done some tests with Caché and Apache Zeppelin. I want to share my experince to use both systems together. I'll try to describe all steps that are required to config Zeppelin to connect to Caché.

What is  Apache Zeppelin?

For all who think: What the heck is Apache Zeppelin?, here some details what the project site ( says:

"A web-based notebook that enables interactive data analytics. You can make beautiful data-driven, interactive and collaborative documents with SQL, Scala and more. Apache Zeppelin interpreter concept allows any language/data-processing-backend to be plugged into Zeppelin. Currently Apache Zeppelin supports many interpreters such as Apache Spark, Python, JDBC, Markdown and Shell"

Install Apache Zeppelin

The next 5 steps describe how to get Apache Zeppelin up and running:

  1. You need a Java Runtime Environment. I you haven't download and install from here  
  2. Download Zeppelin from here  
  3. Extract the entire Zeppelin Zip-File into a folder like d:\zeppelin  
  4. Open a shell (cmd on windows) and navigate into the folder \zeppelin\bin  
  5. Execute zeppelin.bat on Windows to start Zeppelin Open up a browser and use this url http://localhost:8080 to open the main page of zeppelin. You should see something like this:


Well done! Zeppelin is now up and running!

Connect to Caché

Now let us introduce Caché. The next steps describe how to create a jdbc connection to a Caché Namespace.

  1. Navigate to the menu item "anonymouse" -> "Interpreter" and scroll down to the "jdbc" section.
  2. Now press edit and go to the end of the jdbc section and enter your Caché JDBC connection string cache.driver    = com.intersys.jdbc.CacheDriver cache.password   = ??? cache.url        = jdbc:Cache://<server\ip>:<port>/<namespace> cache.user       = _SYSTEM  
  3. Add the path to the Caché JDBC driver in the "Dependencies". This is located at the end of jdbc section.  
  4. Press SAVE

Great! All preparations are done, now let us use Zepplin and Caché.

Query Caché

Follow these steps to create a first Notebook to query and visualize some Caché data.


Press create new note and name it like "HELLO WORLD" ...

By typing %jdbc(cache) you inform zeppelin what data source you want to query.
In detail: The %jdbc keyword lets zeppelin call the jdbc interpreter and the cache routes the query to the Caché connection. If you want to use more connections to Caché e.g. another namespace you have to create more entries in the jdbc section you've done before. The prefix of the entries are the connection name.

Ok now place a sql statement in the next line. After that press execute and you will immediately  see the result:


Happy testing!

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Thanks Benjamin!

Yes I've checked the sourcecode to see how a interpreter is done. It looks not like rocket science.. probably I've not completely understand the details, so I can say that ;-)

But! ... I have no idea which functionality would be helpful in an more advanced Caché interpreter. Can you give me a hint on what features do you think, please?

It should be very easy to implement something like a simple code completion with Caché Keywords to use in a notebook. But at this time I think all is limited to the JDBC interface, and with that to SQL.
Would be really great if we could use also COS to fetch data... !?

I'll created a fork on github ( for Apache Zeppelin. My plan is to create a Caché Interpreter (first JDBC based) to learn and unterstand the architecture of Zeppelin.
After this it would be great to extend this Interpreter to allow to query the Caché Data via COS. For this I'll contact the "Caché Web Terminal" guys maybe they can help...
All are very welcome support this open source Interpreter. So feel free to jump in and support this project by coding, idea, testing ... or what ever ;-)