Using Third-Party Visualization Tools

A variety of graph visualization applications can be used to access data in AnzoGraph via the SPARQL endpoint (see Accessing Data Using HTTP Protocol for information). For demonstrations, Cambridge Semantics utilizes two third-party applications:

  • Apache Zeppelin: Cambridge Semantics offers an Apache Zeppelin Docker image for download. The Zeppelin image includes a custom SPARQL interpreter for securely connecting to AnzoGraph.
  • Jupyter Notebook: Existing Jupyter Notebook or JupyterLab environments can run queries against the AnzoGraph SPARQL endpoint.

This topic provides information about integrating Zeppelin with AnzoGraph. It also provides instructions for accessing AnzoGraph from your existing Jupyter installation.

Zeppelin Notebook Integration

This section provides instructions for deploying the Cambridge Semantics Apache Zeppelin image with Docker, connecting to AnzoGraph, and optionally downloading and running the tutorial notebook. The Zeppelin deployment includes an integrated SPARQL interpreter that enables users to make a secure, authenticated connection to AnzoGraph using gRPC protocol.

RHEL/CentOS Tarball Deployments: Zepellin uses gRPC protocol to connect to AnzoGraph, which requires a username and password for authentication. RHEL/CentOS deployments are not pre-configured with a gRPC user. Before deploying Zeppelin, create a username and password to use for the connection. How do I generate a gRPC username and password for RHEL/CentOS tarball deployments?

For information about installing Docker, see Docker Installation and Configuration Requirements.

  1. Deploying Zeppelin
  2. Connecting to AnzoGraph
  3. Downloading the AnzoGraph Tutorial Notebook

Deploying Zeppelin

Tip If you use Docker on Linux, you might want to follow the steps in Post-installation steps for Linux to make sure that a non-root user can run Docker commands and you do not need to include "sudo" in the commands below.
  1. If necessary, start Docker for Linux or the Docker Desktop application for Mac or Windows. If you are on Mac, open the Terminal app. If you are on Windows, open PowerShell.
    NoteDocker caches images on the docker host. If you have deployed a Zeppelin container previously, that image is cached on the host and will be used to redeploy Zeppelin. If you want to deploy the latest release, first pull the latest image. To do so, run the following command from the command line, and then proceed to the next step.
    docker pull cambridgesemantics/contrib-zeppelin:latest

    You can deploy alternate Zeppelin versions by replacing the "latest" tag with any of the tags that are available on the Cambridge Semantics Zeppelin Docker Hub site.

  2. If you are deploying the Zeppelin container for the first time, Cambridge Semantics recommends that you create a directory on the local file system where Zeppelin notebooks can be saved. When you deploy Zeppelin, you can map the notebook directory in the container to the notebook directory on the local file system. This way the notebooks are shared, and if you remove the Zeppelin container, the local file system retains a copy of any notebooks you created. If you redeploy Zeppelin later, the new container can be mapped to the same local directory and access the existing notebooks. To create the directory, navigate to a location on the host and run the following command to create a notebook directory in the current directory:
    mkdir $PWD/notebook
    NoteOn Mac and Linux, Docker is configured by default to allow local directories to be shared with containers. On Mac, the /Users, /Volumes, /private, and /tmp directories are shared. If necessary, you can configure additional locations in Docker Preferences > Resources > File Sharing. On Windows, Docker is not configured to share local directories by default. Configure sharing by going to Docker Settings > Resources > File Sharing and selecting the C checkbox to share the C drive. Then click Apply & Restart to apply the change.
  3. The command that you run to deploy Zeppelin depends on whether you want only the base application that is empty of notebooks or the version of the image that contains several Cambridge Semantics-supplied sample notebooks that demonstrate AnzoGraph's Data Science functions. Click one of the headings below to view the instructions for deploying Zeppelin according to that option.

Connecting to AnzoGraph

To connect Zeppelin to AnzoGraph, you first choose an interpreter for Zeppelin to use to connect with AnzoGraph and then specify the connection parameter settings needed to establish the interpreter connection with the AnzoGraph database.

Important To connect to an AnzoGraph database, you must first have installed AnzoGraph, and the database must be accessible by the Zeppelin Docker container. For more information, see AnzoGraph Deploying AnzoGraph.
  1. On the top right of the Zeppelin screen, click the anonymous drop-down list and select Interpreter. The Interpreters screen opens.
  2. In the Search interpreters field at the top of the screen, type "sparql" and find the SPARQL interpreter. For example:

  3. Click the edit button and modify the interpreter to enter your AnzoGraph deployment details and make a secure connection to the database. The list below describes each interpreter setting:
    • The IP address of the AnzoGraph host. If AnzoGraph is running in the same Docker instance as Zeppelin, run the following command to return the AnzoGraph container IP address:
      docker inspect container_name | grep '"IPAddress"' | head -n 1

      For example:

      docker inspect anzograph | grep '"IPAddress"' | head -n 1

      This command returns the IP address of the AnzoGraph Docker container as shown below:

      "IPAddress": "",

      If you are running Docker locally on a Windows computer, you can run the following command:

      docker inspect anzograph | select-string '"IPAddress"'
    • anzo.graph.password: The password for the user in the anzo.graph.user field. On Docker deployments, specify Passw0rd1.

      RHEL/CentOS Tarball Deployments: Zepellin uses gRPC protocol to connect to AnzoGraph, which requires a username and password for authentication. RHEL/CentOS deployments are not pre-configured with a gRPC user. Before deploying Zeppelin, create a username and password to use for the connection. How do I generate a gRPC username and password for RHEL/CentOS tarball deployments?

    • anzo.graph.port: The gRPC port for AnzoGraph. The default value is 5700. Do not change this value.
    • Instructs Zeppelin to trust the AnzoGraph SSL certificates. Accept the default value of true.
    • anzo.graph.user: The username to use to log in to AnzoGraph. On Docker deployments, specify admin.
  4. When you finish adding the connection details, click Save at the bottom of the screen. Zeppelin displays a dialog box that asks if you want to restart the interpreter with the new settings. Click OK to configure the connection.
  5. When the interpreter restart is complete, click the Zeppelin logo at the top of the screen to return to the index screen.

Downloading the AnzoGraph Tutorial Notebook

If you deployed the Zeppelin image that does not contain sample notebooks and you want to import a notebook to get started with, follow the instructions in this section to download and import the AnzoGraph Tutorial Notebook.

  1. Click the link below to download the AnzoGraph Tutorial Notebook to your computer.
    Download the AnzoGraph Tutorial Zeppelin Notebook
  2. Extract the downloaded notebook ZIP file on your computer. The ZIP file contains AnzoGraph-Zeppelin-Tutorial.json.
  3. On the Zeppelin Welcome or the Algorithm Index screen if you have the sample notebooks, click Import note. Zeppelin displays the Import New Note screen.

  4. On the import screen, click Select JSON File, and then select the AnzoGraph-Zeppelin-Tutorial.json file to import. Zeppelin imports the note and lists the new file under the filter text box on the home page or in the Notebook menu. For example:

    Click the link to open the notebook. It might take some time to load all of the contents. To run a query in the file, click the run () button for the paragraph. For more information about using Zeppelin, see the Zeppelin Documentation.

Jupyter Notebook Integration

This section provides information about accessing AnzoGraph with your existing Jupyter Notebook or JupyterLab installation. If you do not have Jupyter Notebook or JupyterLab installed, follow the instructions in Installing Jupyter on the Jupyter website to install Jupyter Notebook and its prerequisites.

Accessing AnzoGraph from a Jupyter Notebook

  1. Since AnzoGraph runs SPARQL queries, make sure that the Jupyter SPARQL kernel is installed. To install the kernel, run the following commands:
    pip install sparqlkernel
    jupyter sparqlkernel install --user
  2. Connect to the AnzoGraph SPARQL endpoint by adding the following text to a cell in the notebook and then running the cell.
    %endpoint http://hostname/sparql
    %auth basic admin Passw0rd1

    Where hostname is the IP address of the AnzoGraph instance. If AnzoGraph is running in a Docker container on the same server as Jupyter, you can run the following command to return the container IP address:

    docker container inspect container_name | grep IP

    For example:

    docker container inspect anzograph | grep IP

Once the notebook is connected to the AnzoGraph endpoint, you can run SPARQL queries against AnzoGraph.

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