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Unifying Azure Databricks with Amazon S3


In the ever-evolving landscape of big data analytics, the collaboration between cloud platforms has become essential for organizations aiming to harness the full potential of their data. Azure Databricks, a fast, easy, and collaborative Apache Spark-based analytics platform, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Storage, a scalable and secure cloud storage solution, are two powerhouses that, when seamlessly connected, offer a robust environment for managing and analyzing vast datasets.

This step-by-step guide will walk you through integrating Azure Databricks with an Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) bucket, providing a unified platform to manage and analyze your data across these two leading cloud services. Before we embark on this journey, let’s take a moment to understand the significance of this integration and how it can empower your data-driven initiatives.

Need for Cross-Cloud Integration

Data is often dispersed across multiple cloud environments in today’s dynamic business landscape. While Azure Databricks excels in data processing and analytics, organizations may have existing data stored in Amazon S3 or choose to leverage Azure and AWS services for different operations.

Integrating these platforms allows for a cohesive and streamlined data workflow, breaking down silos and enabling a more holistic approach to data management.

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Key Benefits of Azure Databricks and AWS Integration

  1. Scalability: Azure Databricks provides a scalable analytics platform that seamlessly integrates with Spark, allowing for distributed processing of large datasets. With Amazon S3, you can scale your storage capacity as your data grows.
  2. Collaboration: Azure Databricks fosters collaboration among data engineers, data scientists, and analysts through a collaborative workspace. Connecting it to Amazon S3 enables a unified space where diverse teams can collaborate on analyzing and deriving insights from shared datasets.
  3. Cost Efficiency: Leveraging the cost-effective storage capabilities of Amazon S3 and the processing power of Azure Databricks ensures that you only pay for the resources you consume. This cost-efficient model is crucial for optimizing data analytics budgets.
  4. Versatility: Amazon S3 is not only a reliable storage solution but also serves as a versatile data lake. Integrating it with Azure Databricks allows you to perform advanced analytics, machine learning, and data exploration on diverse data types stored in your Amazon S3 bucket.

In the subsequent sections of this guide, we will delve into the practical steps to connect Azure Databricks with an Amazon S3 bucket. From setting up your Amazon S3 bucket and AWS IAM roles to configuring your Azure Databricks cluster and mounting the Amazon S3 bucket, each step is carefully explained to ensure a smooth and secure integration.

Let’s embark on this journey to create a seamless bridge between Azure Databricks and AWS Storage, unlocking possibilities for your data-driven endeavors.


An active Azure account with Azure Databricks provisioned.

An AWS account with an Amazon S3 bucket was created for storage.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Set Up the Amazon S3 Bucket

  • Log in to your AWS Management Console.
  • Navigate to the Amazon S3 service and create a new bucket if you haven’t already.
  • Note down the bucket name, as you’ll need it later.

Step 2: Create an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Role

  • In the AWS Management Console, go to the AWS IAM service.
  • Create a new AWS IAM role with the necessary permissions for Databricks to access your S3 bucket.
  • Attach the policy AmazonS3FullAccess to the role.
  • Note the Role ARN for later use.

Step 3: Configure Azure Databricks

  • Go to the Azure Portal and navigate to your Databricks workspace.
  • Launch the Azure Databricks workspace.
  • Inside the Databricks workspace, go to the “Clusters” tab and create a new cluster or use an existing one.


Step 4: Install Amazon S3 Library on Databricks Cluster

  • In the Databricks workspace, go to the “Clusters” tab.
  • Select the cluster you created in the previous step.
  • Click on the “Libraries” tab and install the com.amazonaws:aws-java-sdk library.


Step 5: Configure AWS Access Key and Secret Key on Databricks:

  • In the Databricks workspace, go to the “Clusters” tab.
  • Select the cluster you created in the previous step.
  • Click on “Edit” and add the AWS access key and secret key in the “Spark Config” section under “Spark” settings.

Step 6: Mount Amazon S3 Bucket to Databricks:

  • In the Databricks workspace, go to the “Workspace” tab and create a new notebook.
  • In the notebook, use the following commands to mount the Amazon S3 bucket:
  • Make sure to replace <Your AWS Access Key>, <Your AWS Secret Key>, <Your S3 Bucket Name>, and <Your Mount Name> with your actual AWS and Amazon S3 details

Step 7: Accessing Data in Databricks:

  • You can now access the data in your Amazon S3 bucket through the mounted path /mnt/<Your Mount Name> in Databricks notebooks or jobs.



You have successfully connected Azure Databricks to an Amazon S3 bucket, enabling seamless data integration and analysis across these two powerful cloud platforms. This integration opens up many possibilities for building scalable and efficient data workflows. Explore using Databricks notebooks and Spark for advanced analytics and processing on your Amazon S3 data.

Drop a query if you have any questions regarding Azure Databricks or Amazon S3 and we will get back to you quickly.

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1. Why do I need to configure Amazon S3 access in Azure Databricks?

ANS: – Configuring Amazon S3 access in Azure Databricks enables seamless communication between your Databricks cluster and your Amazon S3 storage. This configuration allows Databricks to read and write data to the specified Amazon S3 bucket, facilitating data integration and processing across the two cloud platforms.

2. What permissions are required on the Amazon S3 bucket for Azure Databricks?

ANS: – To ensure proper connectivity, the AWS IAM role associated with your Databricks cluster must have the necessary permissions on the Amazon S3 bucket. At a minimum, the AWS IAM role should be granted the AmazonS3ReadOnlyAccess policy or a custom policy with permissions such as s3:GetObject. These permissions enable the cluster to retrieve data from the Amazon S3 bucket.

3. Can I use the same AWS IAM role for multiple Azure Databricks clusters?

ANS: – Yes, you can use the same AWS IAM role for multiple Azure Databricks clusters, provided that the AWS IAM role has the appropriate permissions for the Amazon S3 buckets you intend to access. This practice is beneficial for maintaining consistency and ease of management, especially when dealing with multiple clusters that need access to the same Amazon S3 resources.


Sunil H G is a highly skilled and motivated Research Associate at CloudThat. He is an expert in working with popular data analysis and visualization libraries such as Pandas, Numpy, Matplotlib, and Seaborn. He has a strong background in data science and can effectively communicate complex data insights to both technical and non-technical audiences. Sunil's dedication to continuous learning, problem-solving skills, and passion for data-driven solutions make him a valuable asset to any team.



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