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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)


We understood that when the Superset web server is started we can configure it for our runtime environment needs using the file. We looked at the configuration parameters that can make Superset secure and scalable to match optimal trade-offs.

SQL Lab provides an opportunity to experiment with result sets before plotting. It can be used as an excellent tool for exploring datasets and developing charts.

In this chapter, we replaced SQLite metadata with a PostgreSQL database and configured a web app to use it as the database. So that the web app can handle many concurrent users, we deployed it on a Gunicorn server:

  • PostgreSQL metadata database
  • Gunicorn
  • HTTPS authorization
  • Securing session data
  • Redis caching system
  • Celery for long-running queries
  • Mapbox access token

Nicely done! We have been able to make dashboards, use SQL Lab, and understand the...