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Giraph - Welcome To Apache Giraph!

Welcome to Apache Giraph!

Apache Giraph is an iterative graph processing system built for high scalability. For example, it is currently used at Facebook to analyze the social graph formed by users and their connections. Giraph originated as the open-source counterpart to Pregel, the graph processing architecture developed at Google and described in a 2010 paper. Both systems are inspired by the Bulk Synchronous Parallel model of distributed computation introduced by Leslie Valiant. Giraph adds several features beyond the basic Pregel model, including master computation, sharded aggregators, edge-oriented input, out-of-core computation, and more. With a steady development cycle and a growing community of users worldwide, Giraph is a natural choice for unleashing the potential of structured datasets at a massive scale. To learn more, consult the User Docs section above.


Official releases of Giraph may be downloaded from an Apache mirror. Pre-built packages are also available through Apache's Maven repositories, making it easier to include Giraph in your projects.


  • June 11, 2020: Giraph 1.3.0 is now released! Please pick up a copy here.
  • Oct 20, 2016: Giraph 1.2.0 is now released! Please pick up a copy here.
  • Oct 28, 2015: Practical Graph Analytics with Apache Giraph is now available from Apress. More details in our books section here.
  • Nov 19, 2014: Giraph 1.1.0 is now released! Please pick up a copy here.
  • May 6, 2013: Giraph 1.0.0 is now released! Please pick up a copy here.
  • February 6, 2012: Giraph 0.1-incubating released. The Giraph PPMC is excited to announce that version 0.1 has been released. Grab a copy of the archived release here.

Getting involved

Giraph is an open-source project and external contributions are extremely appreciated. There are many ways to get involved:

  • Subscribe to the mailing lists, particularly the user and developer lists, where you can get a feel for the state of the project and what the community is working on.
  • Try out the examples and play with Giraph on your cluster. Be sure to ask questions on the user list or file an issue if you run into problems with your particular configuration.
  • Browse the existing issues to find something you may be interested in working on. Take a look at the section on generating patches for detailed instructions on contributing your changes.