Learning Resources

Welcome to our learning resources. This page contains a collection of resources that will help you to get started and use Apache Beam. If you’re just starting, you can view this as a guided tour, otherwise you can jump straight to any section of your interest.

If you have additional material that you would like to see here, please let us know at user@beam.apache.org!

Getting Started


Learning the Basics


Common Patterns


Data Analysis

Data Migration

Machine Learning

Advanced Concepts




Building Big Data Pipelines with Apache Beam

Building Big Data Pipelines with Apache Beam by Jan Lukavský, Packt. (January 2022). A general description of the Apache Beam model including gradually built examples that help create solid understanding of the subject. In the first part the book explains concepts using Java SDK, then SQL DSL and Portability layer with focus on Python SDK. The last part of the book is dedicated to more advanced topics like IO connectors using Splittable DoFn and description of how a typical runner executes Pipeline.

Streaming Systems: The What, Where, When, and How of Large-Scale Data Processing

Streaming Systems: The What, Where, When, and How of Large-Scale Data Processing by Tyler Akidau, Slava Chernyak, Reuven Lax. (August 2018). Expanded from Tyler Akidau’s popular blog posts “Streaming 101” and “Streaming 102”, this book takes you from an introductory level to a nuanced understanding of the what, where, when, and how of processing real-time data streams.


Getting Started with Apache Beam Quest

Get Started with Apache Beam This quest includes four labs that teach you how to write and test Apache Beam pipelines. Three of the labs use Java and one uses Python. Each lab takes about 1.5 hours to complete. When you complete the quest, you’re granted a badge that you can use to show your Beam expertise.

Interactive Labs



Beam Katas

Beam Katas are interactive Beam coding exercises (i.e. code katas) that can help you to learn Apache Beam concepts and programming model hands-on. Built based on JetBrains Educational Products, Beam Katas objective is to provide a series of structured hands-on learning experiences for learners to understand about Apache Beam and its SDKs by solving exercises with gradually increasing complexity. Beam Katas are available for both Java and Python SDKs.



Code Examples

Dataflow Cookbook

The cookbook includes examples in Java, Python, and Scala (via Scio), provides ready-to-launch and self-contained Beam pipelines.



Beam Playground

API Reference

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