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Apache Superset Quick Start Guide

By : Shashank Shekhar
Book Image

Apache Superset Quick Start Guide

By: Shashank Shekhar

Overview of this book

Apache Superset is a modern, open source, enterprise-ready business intelligence (BI) web application. With the help of this book, you will see how Superset integrates with popular databases like Postgres, Google BigQuery, Snowflake, and MySQL. You will learn to create real time data visualizations and dashboards on modern web browsers for your organization using Superset. First, we look at the fundamentals of Superset, and then get it up and running. You'll go through the requisite installation, configuration, and deployment. Then, we will discuss different columnar data types, analytics, and the visualizations available. You'll also see the security tools available to the administrator to keep your data safe. You will learn how to visualize relationships as graphs instead of coordinates on plain orthogonal axes. This will help you when you upload your own entity relationship dataset and analyze the dataset in new, different ways. You will also see how to analyze geographical regions by working with location data. Finally, we cover a set of tutorials on dashboard designs frequently used by analysts, business intelligence professionals, and developers.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Setting the web server

Start the Superset web server with this command:

superset runserver

Superset loads the configuration from a Python file. This file must be present in the path stored in the SUPERSET_CONFIG_PATH environment variable. The configuration variables present in this config file will override their default values. Superset uses the default values for variables not defined in the file.

So to configure the application, we need to create a Python file. After creating the Python file, we need to update SUPERSET_CONFIG_PATH to include the file path.

On your GCE instance, run the following commands:

shashank@superset:~$ touch $HOME/.superset/
shashank@superset:~$ echo 'export SUPERSET_CONFIG_PATH=$HOME/.superset/' >> ~/.bash_profile
shashank@superset:~$ source ~/.bash_profile

Those are the last commands...