Getting Started

Dataiku DSS is a collaborative, end-to-end data science and machine learning platform that unites data analysts, data scientists, data engineers, architects, and business users in a common space to bring faster business insights.

In this quick start tutorial, you will learn about the data exploration and visualization capabilities of Dataiku DSS by walking through a simple use case: credit card transaction fraud analysis. You’ll get to know some of the main Dataiku DSS concepts, get familiar with the visual interface, and learn how to explore, analyze, create, and manipulate consumable insights.

In just an hour, you will:

  • Discover the Dataiku DSS interface, create a project, and reorganize the way that project insights are displayed for your convenience;

  • Discover and consume data and machine learning insights on dashboards;

  • Consume a Dataiku application in order to create your own instance of a project and modify its parameters to generate insights on new data;

  • Explore a Dataiku DSS project, its Flow, and Flow items to get a better understanding of its purpose and function;

  • Explore and analyze a dataset using metrics;

  • Create insights, such as metrics and charts, and publish them on a dashboard.

At the end of the tutorial, you will have gained an understanding of the project below and all of its components:



This quick start is geared primarily towards data or line-of-business team leaders who are entirely new to Dataiku DSS, as well as other new or potential business insights consumers and/or users of the Dataiku DSS Explorer license. The tutorial will therefore focus on using the point-and-click interface for data exploration and visualization, as well as on Dataiku DSS’s project collaboration capabilities.

If you are more interested in using Dataiku DSS for creating data pipelines and doing advanced analytics, check out the Business Analyst quick start tutorial.

Alternatively, if you are more interested in what Dataiku DSS offers for coders, you might prefer to check out the quick start tutorials for a Data Scientist or a Data Engineer.


To follow along with the steps in this tutorial, you will need access to an instance of Dataiku DSS (version 9.0 or above). If you do not already have access, there are two ways to get started. From the Dataiku website, you can:

  • install the free edition,

  • or start a 14-Day Free Online Trial.


For each section below, written instructions are recorded in bullet points, but you can also find screenshots and/or screencasts at the end of each section that demonstrate the actions described. Be sure to use these screenshots and videos as your guide!


Keep these instructions open in one tab of your browser and your Dataiku DSS instance open in another.

Create the Project

Let’s get started! After logging in, the first page you will see is the Dataiku DSS homepage. From this page, you’ll be able to browse projects, recent items, dashboards, and applications shared with you.


A Dataiku DSS project is a holder for all work on a particular activity. From the homepage, you will be able to access projects shared with you based on the user groups that you belong to.

When using an Explorer license, you will not be able to create projects yourself. You’ll simply be collaborating on projects created by your coworkers. For the purpose of this tutorial, however, you can use the 14-Day Free Online Trial or the free edition in order to create the example project.

  • From the Dataiku DSS homepage, click on +New Project.

  • Choose DSS Tutorials > Quick Start > AI Consumer Quick Start (Tutorial).

  • Click OK when the tutorial has been successfully created.


Explore and Configure Your View of the Dataiku DSS Homepage

After creating the project, you are navigated to the project homepage. Before exploring it, let’s go back to the Dataiku DSS homepage to observe and modify the display of the different items that have been shared with you as part of the project.

  • Return to the Dataiku DSS homepage by clicking the bird icon in the top left corner of the screen.

  • Click your profile icon in the top right corner of the page.

  • Click the Profile and Settings icon.


This setting lets you modify the items displayed on the Dataiku DSS homepage. Let’s arrange them so that the homepage only displays the items you’ll be working with, and in a logical order.

  • Under Homepage layout, remove Project Folders and Wikis.

  • Reorder the remaining items in the following order so that the readily consumable insights appear at the top:

    1. Dashboards

    2. Applications

    3. Projects

  • Click Save and return to the Dataiku DSS homepage.


The Dashboards section now appears at the top, above the Applications and the Projects sections.