Installing a new DSS instance


This is the documentation to install a new DSS instance on a Linux server.

Other installation options are available (macOS, AWS, Azure and Virtual Machine). Please see and Other installation options.


To install Data Science Studio, you need:

  • the installation tar.gz file
  • to make sure that you meet the installation Requirements.
  • Root access is not strictly required, but you might need it to install dependencies. If you want to start Data Science Studio at machine boot time, root access is required.

It is highly recommended to create an UNIX user dedicated to running the Data Science Studio software.


Running DSS software as root is not supported.

Data Science Studio may use up to 10 consecutive TCP ports. Only the first of these ports needs to be opened out of the machine. It is highly recommended to firewall the other ports.

Installation folders

A Data Science Studio installation spans over two folders:

  • The installation directory, which contains the code of Data Science Studio. This is the directory where the Data Science Studio tarball is unzipped (denoted as “INSTALL_DIR”)
  • The data directory (which will later be named “DATA_DIR”).

The data directory contains :

  • The configuration of Data Science Studio, including all user-generated configuration (datasets, recipes, insights, models, …)
  • Log files for the server components
  • Log files of job executions
  • Various caches and temporary files
  • A Python virtual environment dedicated to running the Python components of Data Science Studio, including any user-installed supplementary packages
  • Data Science Studio startup and shutdown scripts and command-line tools

Depending on your configuration, the data directory can also contain some managed datasets. Managed datasets can also be created outside of the data directory with some additional configuration.

It is highly recommended that you reserve at least 100 GB of space for the data directory.



Unpack the tar.gz in the location you have chosen for the installation directory.

tar xzf /PATH/TO/dataiku-dss-VERSION.tar.gz
# This creates a directory named dataiku-dss-VERSION in the current directory
# which contains DSS code for this version (no user file is written to it by DSS).
# This directory is referred to as INSTALL_DIR in this document.

Install Data Science Studio

From the user account which will be used to run Data Science Studio, enter the following command:

dataiku-dss-VERSION/ -d /path/to/DATA_DIR -p PORT [-l LICENSE_FILE]


  • DATA_DIR is the location of the data directory that you want to use. If the directory already exists, it must be empty.
  • PORT is the base TCP port. Data Science Studio will use several ports between PORT and PORT+10
  • LICENSE_FILE is your Data Science Studio license file.


DATA_DIR must be outside of the install dir (i.e. DATA_DIR must not be within dataiku-dss-VERSION)


If you don’t enter a license file at this point, DSS will start as a Free Edition. You can enter a license file at any time.

The installer automatically checks for any missing system dependencies. If any is missing, it will give you the command to run to install them with superuser privileges. After installation of dependencies is complete, you can start the Data Science Studio installer again, using the same command as above.

(Optional) Enable startup at boot time

At the end of installation, Data Science Studio will give you the optional command to run with superuser privileges to configure automatic boot-time startup:

sudo -i INSTALL_DIR/scripts/install/ DATA_DIR USER_ACCOUNT


This configures a boot-time system service with a default name of “dataiku”. If you have several instances of DSS installed on the same host, and want more than one to automatically start at boot time, you need to provide different, non-default names for them so as to configure independent boot-time system services, as follows:

# Defines system service "" for DSS design instance
# Defines system service "" for DSS automation instance

Start Data Science Studio

To start Data Science Studio, run the following command:

DATA_DIR/bin/dss start

Complete installation example

The following shows a transcript from a complete installation sequence:

# Start from the home directory of user account "dataiku"
# which will be used to run the Data Science Studio
# We will install DSS using data directory: /home/dataiku/dss_data
$ pwd
$ ls -l
-rw-rw-r-- 1 dataiku dataiku 159284660 Feb  4 15:20 dataiku-dss-VERSION.tar.gz
-r-------- 1 dataiku dataiku       786 Jan 31 07:42 license.json

# Unpack distribution kit
$ tar xzf dataiku-dss-VERSION.tar.gz

# Run installer, with data directory $HOME/dss_data and base port 10000
# This fails because of missing system dependencies
$ dataiku-dss-VERSION/ -d /home/dataiku/dss_data -l /home/dataiku/license.json -p 10000

# Install dependencies with elevated privileges, using the command shown by the previous step
$ sudo -i "/home/dataiku/dataiku-dss-VERSION/scripts/install/"

# Rerun installer script, which will succeed this time
$ dataiku-dss-VERSION/ -d /home/dataiku/dss_data -l /home/dataiku/license.json -p 10000

# Configure boot-time startup, using the command shown by the previous step
$ sudo -i "/home/dataiku/dataiku-dss-VERSION/scripts/install/" "/home/dataiku/dss_data" dataiku

# Manually start DSS, using the command shown by the installer step
$ /home/dataiku/dss_data/bin/dss start

# Connect to Data Science Studio by opening the following URL in a web browser:
#    http://HOSTNAME:10000
# Initial credentials : username = "admin" / password = "admin"

Manual dependency installation

The Data Science Studio installer includes a dependency management script, to be run with superuser privileges, which automatically installs the additional Linux packages required for your particular configuration.

In some cases however, it might be necessary to manually install these dependencies, for instance when the person installing DSS does not have access to administrative privileges, or when the server does not have access to the required package repositories.

If you manually pre-installed all the dependencies that would have been selected by the automated script, you can continue installing Data Science Studio using standard procedures. If that is not the case (because you explicitly chose to leave a component missing, or you installed some component from an alternate source) you must then run the DSS installer with the “-n” flag, to disable the default dependency checks.

Red Hat / CentOS / Oracle Linux distributions

You may need to configure the following additional repositories:

Name Address Notes
EPEL for nginx [RedHat/CentOS v6.x and v7.x] and R
IUS [RedHat/CentOS v6.x] for Python 2.7 and 3.6

On RedHat and Oracle Linux, you may also need to enable the vendor’s “optional” repository, for indirect dependencies required by R.

Data Science Studio depends on the following packages:

Name Notes
acl For User Isolation Framework support
expat git nginx unzip zip Mandatory
ncurses-compat-libs [RedHat/CentOS v8.x] Mandatory
java-1.8.0-openjdk See “Java” note below
python27 python36 freetype libgfortran libgomp [RedHat/CentOS v6.x] for built-in Python packages. See “Python” note below
python27-devel python36-devel [RedHat/CentOS v6.x] See “Additional Python packages” note below
python python3 freetype libgfortran libgomp [RedHat/CentOS v7.x] for built-in Python packages. See “Python” note below
python-devel python3-devel [RedHat/CentOS v7.x] See “Additional Python packages” note below
python2 python36 freetype libgfortran libgomp [RedHat/CentOS v8.x] for built-in Python packages. See “Python” note below
python2-devel python36-devel [RedHat/CentOS v8.x] See “Additional Python packages” note below
bzip2 mesa-libGL libSM libXrender libgomp alsa-lib For Anaconda-Python-based installations, see note below
R-core-devel libicu-devel libcurl-devel openssl-devel libxml2-devel See “R” note below.

Debian / Ubuntu Linux distributions

You may need to configure the following additional repository:

Name Address Notes
CRAN [Debian 8.x, 9.x, Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04] For R

Data Science Studio depends on the following packages:

Name Notes
acl For User Isolation Framework support
curl git libexpat1 libncurses5 nginx unzip zip Mandatory
default-jre-headless See “Java” note below
python2.7 libpython2.7 libfreetype6 libgomp1 For built-in Python packages. See “Python” note below
python2.7-dev See “Additional Python packages” note below
python3.6 python3-distutils [Ubuntu 18.04] For Python 3.6
python3.6-dev [Ubuntu 18.04] See “Additional Python packages” note below
bzip2 libgl1-mesa-glx libsm6 libxrender1 libgomp1 libasound2 For Anaconda-Python-based installations, see note below
r-base-dev libicu-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libssl-dev libxml2-dev pkg-config See “R” note below

Additional notes

The suggested dependency package is the platform default, but DSS can use other Java runtime environments. See Java runtime environment for details.
The dependencies listed above are required to use the precompiled set of Python packages provided with DSS. This does not apply when using custom-built Python libraries. See Python integration for details.
Python 3.6
Starting with DSS 6.0, built-in Python packages are provided both for Python 2.7 and Python 3.6, and the base DSS Python environment can be built with either of these versions. The DSS dependency installer pulls Python 2.7 on all Linux distributions, and Python 3.6 on all distributions where it is readily available. This can be overriden if needed - see Python integration for details.
Additional python packages
Installing additional Python packages which include native code require the dependencies listed above and the system development tools to be installed (typically C/C++ compilers and headers), in addition to any package-specific dependency.
Anaconda Python
The dependencies listed above for Anaconda-Python-based installations replace those listed for system-Python-based installations.
The dependencies listed above are only necessary to enable R integration in DSS. Note that the system development tools and additional dependencies are usually needed in order to build the required R packages. DSS requires R version 3.2.5 or later.