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Scala client for accessing Algorithmia’s algorithm marketplace and data APIs

Getting started

The Algorithmia scala client is published to Maven central and can be added as a dependency via:

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "com.algorithmia" %% "algorithmia-scala" % "1.0.0"

Instantiate a client using your API Key:

val client = Algorithmia.client(apiKey)


  • API key may be omitted only when making calls from algorithms running on the Algorithmia cluster

Now you are ready to call algorithms.

Calling Algorithms

The following examples of calling algorithms are organized by type of input/output which vary between algorithms.

Note: a single algorithm may have different input and output types, or accept multiple types of input, so consult the algorithm’s description for usage examples specific to that algorithm.

Text input/output

Call an algorithm with text input by simply passing a string into its pipe method. If the algorithm output is text, call the asString method on the response.

val algo = client.algo("algo://demo/Hello/0.1.1")
val result = algo.pipe("HAL 9000")
// -> Hello HAL 9000

JSON input/output

Call an algorithm with JSON input by simply passing in a type that can be serialized to JSON, including most plain old java objects, scala classes, and collection types. If the algorithm output is JSON, call the as method on the response with the type that it should be deserialized into:

val algo = client.algo("algo://WebPredict/ListAnagrams/0.1.0")
val words = List("transformer", "terraforms", "retransform")
val result = algo.pipe(words)
// WebPredict/ListAnagrams returns an array of strings, so deserialize the result:
val anagrams =[List[String]]
// -> List("transformer", "retransform")

Alternatively, you may work with raw JSON input by calling pipeJson, and raw JSON output by calling asJsonString on the response:

val jsonWords = "[\"transformer\", \"terraforms\", \"retransform\"]"
val result2 = algo.pipeJson(jsonWords)
val anagrams = result2.asJsonString()
// -> "[\"transformer\", \"retransform\"]"

val durationInSeconds = response.getMetadata().duration

Binary input/output

Call an algorithm with binary input by passing a byte array into the pipe method. If the algorithm response is binary data, then call the asBytes method on the response to obtain the raw byte array.

val input = Files.readAllBytes(new File("/path/to/bender.jpg").toPath())
val result = client.algo("opencv/SmartThumbnail/0.1").pipe(input)
val buffer = result.asBytes
// -> [byte array]

Error handling

API errors will result in the call to pipe throwing APIException. Errors that occur durring algorithm execution will result in AlgorithmException when attempting to read the response.

val algo = client.algo('util/whoopsWrongAlgo')
try {
    val result = algo.pipe('Hello, world!')
    val output = result.asString
} catch {
  case e: Exception => println("API Exception: " e.getMessage)

Request options

The client exposes options that can configure algorithm requests. This includes support for changing the timeout or indicating that the API should include stdout in the response.:

val algo = client.algo("algo://demo/Hello/0.1.1")
                 .withTimeout(Duration(1, MINUTES))
val result = algo.pipe("HAL 9000")
val stdout = response.metadata.stdout

Note: withStdout(true) is ignored if you do not have access to the algorithm source.

Working with Data

The Algorithmia scala client also provides a way to manage both Algorithmia hosted data and data from Dropbox or S3 accounts that you’ve connected to you Algorithmia account.

This client provides a DataFile type (generally created by client.file(uri)) and a DataDir type (generally created by client.dir(uri)) that provide methods for managing your data.

Create directories

Create directories by instantiating a DataDirectory object and calling create():

val robots = client.dir("data://.my/robots")

val dbxRobots = client.dir("dropbox://robots")

Upload files to a directory

Upload files by calling put on a DataFile object, or by calling putFile on a DataDirectory object.

val robots = client.dir("data://.my/robots")

// Upload local file
robots.putFile(new File("/path/to/Optimus_Prime.png"))
// Write a text file
robots.file("Optimus_Prime.txt").put("Leader of the Autobots")
// Write a binary file
robots.file("Optimus_Prime.key").put("correct horse battery staple".getBytes)

Download contents of file

Download files by calling getString, getBytes, or getFile on a DataFile object:

val robots = client.dir("data://.my/robots")

// Download file and get the file handle
val t800File = robots.file("T-800.png").getFile

// Get the file's contents as a string
val t800Text = robots.file("T-800.txt").getString

// Get the file's contents as a byte array
val t800Bytes = robots.file("T-800.png").getBytes

Delete files and directories

Delete files and directories by calling delete on their respective DataFile or DataDirectory object. DataDirectories take an optional force parameter that indicates whether the directory should be deleted if it contains files or other directories.


List directory contents

Iterate over the contents of a directory using the iterator returned by calling files, or dirs on a DataDirectory object:

// List top level directories
val myRoot = client.dir("data://.my");
for(dir <- myRoot.dirs) {
    println(s"Directory $dir at URL ${dir.url}")

// List files in the 'robots' directory
val robots = client.dir("data://.my/robots")
for(file <- robots.files) {
    println(s"File $file at URL: ${file.url}")

Manage directory permissions

Directory permissions may be set when creating a directory, or may be updated on already existing directories.

val fooLimited = client.dir("data://.my/fooLimited")

// Create the directory as private
fooLimited.create(DataAcl(read = DataPrivate))

// Update a directory to be public
fooLimited.updatePermissions(DataAcl(read = DataPublic))

// Check a directory's permissions
if ( == DataPrivate) {
    println("fooLimited is private")