Few weeks ago, close to the annual Pentaho Community Meeting, the Pentaho Team released the brand new Pentaho Suite v7 with a complete restyle of the layout (of course, this is only one of the improvements). This a good opportunity for me to update the step by step tutorial on how to install the Pentaho Business Analytics after the one about the past version 5.
This tutorial describes the default installation using the HSQL database for the security storage. If you want to know how to install it using MySql database instead, I suggest to check into the Official resources or in several articles around the web.
This tutorial is based on a Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Operating System. Nothing really changes if you use a different Operating System (Windows platforms included) because the installation task is very straightforward.
In this tutorial is used a vanilla installation of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The only recommendation is to execute the command below to be sure your environment is correctly updated.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Installing Java 8
Now that the Operating System is correctly updated, let’s install (or check) the correct installation of Java 8. I usually prefer the Oracle Java release, since a lot of time very easy to install in a Ubuntu Operating System.
To check if you already have it, simply execute the command below from a terminal.
If you don’t have it already installed, please read here to understand how to install it.
Installing Pentaho Business Analytics 7
After Java8 is available into your environment, please proceed to download the Pentaho Business Analytics 7 package from the official website or the sourceforge web page. In our case we are going to install the PentahoBusiness Analytics 7 Community Edition.
pentaho-server-ce-184.108.40.206-25.zip file will be downloaded in the system, unzip it into the desktop or everywhere else you will like (usually the
/opt path is suggested) . All the Pentaho BA 7 tool will be available in the folder described below:
Probably you cannot believe it, but this is enough to install Pentaho Business Analytics 7 into your system.
First run and access
Pentaho Business Analytics 7 is mainly a web application deployed in a tomcat servlet container. You can easily run the Pentaho Business Analytics 7, opening a terminal and executing the
start-pentaho script stored in the
pentaho-server folder (the one with the
sh extension for the Linux based operating systems and the one with the
bat extension for the Windows based operating systems).
To check what is happening to the web application, you can see at the log in the file described below.
Once, the application is started, you can access to the user interface using a web browser at the link below.
With the Community Edition is suggested to use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome instead of MS IE Explorer (not well supported today).
To access as administrator you can use the
admin user with password