Pentaho 7.1 – Demo Install

The newest release Pentaho in its community edition is available for download at sourceforge (link) since the 22th of may of 2017.

Pedro Alvez announced its availability the same day with an excellent post in his blog (link). He mentions new visualizations, scalability with big data engines and repository improvements -someday they’ll deliver something you can work confortable with, maybe-, and a new web theme. We’ll see how they are supported in the CE edition. A new mobile access for the EE. The PDI team is exited about its ‘metadata injection’ improvements.

You’ll find it at

  • Web application: Business Intelligence Server [1.1 GB] with 58 closed reports.
  • The best ETL aplication: PDI [904 MB] with 142 closed reports.
  • Report Designer [606 MB] with 19 closed reports in their JIRA system.
  • Pentaho Metadata [787 MB] with 5 closed reports.
  • And Big Data Shims folder.

Steps for backup, install, upgrade to a MySQL local DB are the same that you are already familiar with and has been previously posted in this blog (link) and well documented at the Pentaho Wiki.

Knowage Suite 6.0

I found Spago BI since version 5.1, that is about two years ago. It was a complete open source BI sotution, the only one, they said, they were proud of it. And I was waiting for 5.3 to start a series of posts as they announced amazing changes.

On may 4th @SpagoBI anounced they were starting a #spagobirevolution. The same company (Engineering Group) did an extreme makeover to XU experince and released a comunity edition (CE) and an Enterprise Edition (EE) with a Knowage Brand.

What I have seen is that the CE is an interesting product, somewhat crippled as important functionality like scheduling and MDX calculated fields and more are excluded, but lets hope its cockpit designer, metadata, models and widgets deliver a promising alternative for data exploration.


Check their overview

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Install notes

Prerequisites: You’ll need java.

  1. Download
    [798mb] from ow2
  2. Open a Terminal, create a folder, unzip its content:
    mkdir knowage6
    cd knowage6
    cp ../dowloads/
    chmod 777
    unzip knowage
    ren All-in-One-Knowage-6.0.0_RC_CE knowage-ce
  3. Have to set execution permissions (maybe you won’t need but the first but you can use the ones you prefer):
    find . -name *.sh -exec chmod +x {} \;
    find . -name *.jar -exec chmod +x {} \;
    find . -name *.js -exec chmod +x {} \;
    find . -name *.class -exec chmod +x {} \;
    find . -name *.xml -exec chmod +x {} \;
    find . -name *.html -exec chmod +x {}
  4. Add your java path to a startup and sutdown scripts:
    cd knowage-ce
    cd bin
    [add your JRE path to the first line like:]
    export JRE_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64"
    [save your script and repeat for]
  5. Start your tomcat server:
    [in your bin folder]
  6. Start yor browser and set it to:
  7. http://localhost:8080/knowage

You won’t find examples but a canvas to play with.

If you have problems you can check your knowage-ce/logs folder.