Welcome to the Denodo Tutorials!

In this tutorial, Installation & Bootstrapping, we will show the prerequisites to start using Denodo and the instructions for configuring your local environment for doing the Denodo tutorials.

The Denodo Platform sits on top of traditional data sources, enabling access to multiple, diverse data sources while appearing as one "logical" data source to users. Essentially, it is an analytical data architecture that optimizes both traditional data sources (databases, enterprise data warehouses, data lakes, etc.) and other data sources (applications, big data files, web service, and the cloud) to meet every use case.

The diagram below shows the general architecture of the Denodo Platform:

For that reason, in order to play with Denodo, you will also need access to some data sources. This tutorial covers the installation of both Denodo and data sources in order to have your system ready for doing the rest of the Denodo Tutorials.

What you'll need

  • Of course, the Denodo Platform 😀 You will need, at least, a Denodo license file. Some tutorials can be completed using Denodo Express, so feel free to use that version!
  • You also need to download the Denodo Lab Environment which includes the data sources used in the tutorials. You may download the project or use a Git client to clone the project.
  • An installation and basic knowledge of Docker.

Click Next to start installing the data sources!

Get the Denodo Lab Environment code

We've put everything you need for running the data sources needed for doing the tutorials into the Denodo Lab Environment Git repository. This project is a docker compose project that you can use to run a set of pre configured data sources such as PostgreSQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, Apache Tomcat, and more. For using the Denodo Lab Environment you need an installation of Docker in your system.

To get started, you'll need to grab the code. If you are familiar with Git, just open a command prompt and execute this command:

~$ git clone

Finally, once you have downloaded the project, you will have a directory with the following folders:


Ok, now you have the Denodo Lab Environment (DLE) files, you need to configure the project. For this configuration, it uses a standard docker environment file (.env).

To make things easier, we have included a configuration template file (.env.template), so you only need to make a copy of that file and rename it to .env.

~$ cd denodocommunity-lab-environment/lab-environment-containers/build/
~$ cp .env.template .env

You can check the contents of that file, but at this point, it is not necessary to do any modifications to it.

For installing Denodo, you have to download and Install Denodo Platform locally (scroll down to the "Using a local installation of Denodo" section)

Using a local installation of Denodo

In order to have a local installation of Denodo, you should have in your system a Denodo installation package. Of course, you can download the Denodo Express edition from this Community Site.

The installation package is a .zip file. After decompressing the package you will see the files shown in the image below:

To start the installation GUI:

  • Windows OS: right-click the install.exe file and select Run as administrator.
  • Linux OS: execute

The installer will show up.

After accepting the terms of the license, you have to select the installation directory (for example: C:\denodo\denodo-platform in Windows or /opt/denodo/ in Linux).

If you already have a Denodo license file, you can select it by clicking on the "Browse" button. Otherwise, you can install the license later from the Denodo Control Center.

In the next step you have to select the modules to be installed. The Denodo Community tutorials cover every module so we suggest installing them all!

You can leave the rest of the options with their default values and complete the installation.

Once the installation is complete, you can choose to create a desktop shortcut that can be used to start the Denodo Control Center.

If you did not select any Denodo license during the installation process, you can do it from the Denodo Control Center when you first start the program (by first clicking on the Configure button and then selecting Use a license file, a new dialog will be opened to select the license file and confirm its installation).

That's all!

Thanks for installing Denodo! Now it's time to start playing with the software.

If you are using a local Denodo installation, a desktop icon was generated in your desktop for launching Denodo Platform.

First, we have to double-click on that icon to launch the Denodo Platform Control Center.

  1. Click on Virtual DataPort in the top-left.
  2. Click on the blue play button next to Virtual DataPort Server (the first one from the top) to start the Virtual Dataport Server.
  3. When the text before that play button says "Running", start the Web Design Studio by clicking the "Start" button and click on the URL to open it in your browser. The default URL is http://localhost:9090/denodo-design-studio/

Finally, as the last step, you only have to start the data sources.

You only have to open a command prompt, go to the build folder of the Denodo Lab Environment project and execute the following command:

~$ docker compose -p training --profile ds up

The Denodo Design Studio allows the development and administration of your Data Virtualization projects. Specifically, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Create/Edit/Drop Denodo Virtual Databases.
  • Create/Edit/Drop Data Sources.
  • Create/Edit/Drop Views.
  • Publish Data Services.
  • Execute Queries.
  • Add Extensions.
  • Configure the Denodo Server.
  • Import/Export Metadata.
  • etc.

At the end of the previous section you launched the Design Studio. The first screen that the application shows is a login dialog; the credentials you type here will be used to connect to a running Denodo server.

The installation process of the Denodo Platform creates one user by default: Login:

admin / Password:

admin. Input these credentials now to connect to the Denodo Server.

Once you fill the login form, click on the Sign in button. The Web Design Studio will show an empty admin database.

Now you can see the four main areas of the Web Design Studio:

  1. Menu Bar: where you can find the options for all the sections of the administration tool.
  2. Elements Tree: this panel on the left will show a tree with the different components (data sources, views, etc.) created in the database.
  3. Quick Search: this box allows the user to filter specific elements in the Elements Tree.
  4. Workspace: this is the main panel where the selected element from the Elements Tree and opened views will be shown.

Creating a Virtual Database

For grouping all the elements that we are going to create in the tutorials, let's create a new database in Denodo instead of using the default admin database.

The Denodo server can contain different virtual databases. A virtual database is a schema composed of data sources, views, stored procedures, web services, etc. Each virtual database is independent of the rest of the virtual databases created in the Denodo server (and different users can have different privileges for each virtual database).

We are going to create a new database called tutorial.

  1. First, click on Administration in the Menu Bar and select the Database management option.

  1. In the workspace, you will see the predefined Denodo database admin. It is the default database for Denodo Virtual DataPort and it cannot be deleted.

Now let's create the new database:

  1. Click on the +New button.
  2. Specify the name of the database: tutorial.
  3. Description: Database for Denodo Community Tutorials
  4. Click Ok.

Now, you can see in the Elements Tree the new database. Simply select it to start using it.

That's all!

Congratulations! You have completed the Installation Tutorial.

This is just the first step for using the Denodo software. Now, you are prepared to go even further with the rest of our tutorials and become a Master Data Ninja!