05 Dec

How to install Pentaho Business Analytics platform 7

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.

The environment

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.

java -version

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.

Once the pentaho-server-ce- 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 password.

8 thoughts on “How to install Pentaho Business Analytics platform 7

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    Nice article! Please note that Pentaho Corporation also announced the Data Science Pack, through Pentaho Data Integration (PDI), data scientists can offload the drudgery of the data flow process with analytic components for R and Weka, so organizations can spend more time on strategic advanced and predictive analytics to achieve a more complete view into customer behavior.

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    Awesome addon, thank you for the great work you have done! But unfortunately, it does not seem to work on Alfresco Community 6.1.1. I have no errors in Catalina.out ( but it seems like it is not reading properly – many logs like: “Finished processing (I=0, O=0, R=0, W=1, U=0, E=0)” )

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