Quick Guide to Testing Apache Superset On A Local Machine


The fastest way to try Superset locally is using Docker and Docker Compose on a Linux or Mac OSX computer. Superset does not have official support for Windows, so we have provided a VM workaround below.

1. Install a Docker Engine and Docker Compose


Install Docker for Mac, which includes the Docker engine and a recent version of docker-compose out of the box.

Once you have Docker for Mac installed, open up the preferences panel for Docker, go to the “Resources” section and increase the allocated memory to 6GB. With only the 2GB of RAM allocated by default, Superset will fail to start.


Install Docker on Linux by following Docker’s instructions for whichever flavor of Linux suits you. Because docker-compose is not installed as part of the base Docker installation on Linux, once you have a working engine, follow the docker-compose installation instructions for Linux.


Superset is not officially supported on Windows unfortunately. The best option for Windows users to try out Superset locally is to install an Ubuntu Desktop VM via VirtualBox and proceed with the Docker on Linux instructions inside of that VM. We recommend assigning at least 8GB of RAM to the virtual machine as well as provisioning a hard drive of at least 40GB, so that there will be enough space for both the OS and all of the required dependencies.

2. Clone Superset’s Github repository

Clone Superset’s repo in your terminal with the following command:

$ git clone https://github.com/apache/incubator-superset.git

Once that command completes successfully, you should see a new incubator-superset folder in your current directory.

We recommend that you check out and run the code from the last tagged release:

$ git checkout latest

3. Launch Superset Through Docker Compose

Navigate to the folder you created in step 1:

$ cd incubator-superset

Then, run the following command:

$ docker-compose up

You should see a wall of logging output from the containers being launched on your machine. Once this output slows, you should have a running instance of Superset on your local machine!

4. Log in to Superset

Your local Superset instance also includes a Postgres server to store your data and is already pre-loaded with some example datasets that ship with Superset. You can access Superset now via your web browser by visiting http://localhost:8088. Note that many browsers now default to https – if yours is one of them, please make sure it uses http.

Log in with the default username and password:

username: admin
password: admin

Congrats! You have successfully installed Superset! Click ‘Next’ to learn how to connect a database driver.

Source: Superset