Pentaho BA Server 6.0 : How to enable Pentaho Marketplace and Pentaho CDE(CTools) in the Enterprise Edition

Enable Pentaho Marketplace and Pentaho C-Tools in Pentaho BA Server 6.0 EE

Pentaho 6.0 is the first version of the Pentaho enterprise-class server with new features to automate, manage and enhance every stage of the data pipeline. Pentaho 6.0 also introduces inline analytic model editing for sharing user-created measures and metrics in a collaborative manner.

1. Installing Pentaho Marketplace Plugin:

The Pentaho BA Server Enterprise Edition provides us all those things that are limited in Community Edition. However, we can still add the community plugins of the Pentaho server using the Marketplace in Pentaho. The Marketplace is generally disabled is Pentaho 6.0 EE server. There is no need to download to the Marketplace all over again. It’s an OSGi plugin and you already have it, but it comes disabled by default. Here are the instructions on how to enable it:

    • Edit the file
    • Find the key “featuresBoot” and add the feature “pentaho-marketplace”. That line will then be something like:
      featuresBoot=config,management,kar,cxf,camel,camel-blueprint,camel-stream,pentahoserver,mongolap,pentaho- metaverse,pdi-dataservice-client,pentaho-yarn-obf,pentaho-marketplace


    • Restart the server and its done. The marketplace will be visible. You find it in dropdown of the Home Button. Please see the below screenshot for your reference:


2. Installing Pentaho CDE (Community Dashboards):

In enterprise edition, Pentaho has its own Dashboard but it has limited functionality as we cannot perform the tasks that we can do on the CDE. Therefore, developers always opt for CDE which is available to download from Pentaho Marketplace. If you go into Marketplace, follow the below steps,

      • There you would find CDF(Community Dashboard Framework), CDA(Community Data Access) and CDE(Community Dashboard Editor).
      • Download all of them.
      • Restart the server and it’s done.

Please refer to the below screenshot:


Thank you,

Nitish Kumar Mishra

Date Input Controls/ Components in Pentaho CDE with a working example

Hello guys…!!!

In this post you will learn about how to create date input controls in CDE.
The dashboard images which I am going to show below are having lots of .css code. I’m not covering all the things but concentrating only on Date input controls in CDE.

My Environment :
BI Server: Pentaho 4.5
CTools: Not found the version numbers of  C-Tools(Unable to check them)– perhaps..! lesser than 13
Database : hsqldb (Comes along with Pentaho installation — A java based small db for servers like pentaho)
NOTE: Images are taken in this post after creating the dashboard, please find the yellow rectangular boxes to understand.

You need to work out @ 3 places in “Components” section.
1. Generic
2. Selects
3. Charts
Explained from step 1 to step 3
You need to work out  @ 1 places in “Data Sources” section. i.e, all in “Properties”
I’m not concentrating on Layout part for this example. So wherever the HtmlObject you find in this example replace them with your working HtmlObjects.

Step 1: Creating parameters
* Design your dashboard as per your requirement ( In the images you can find the sample designs).
 In the “Components” section:
1. Click on components
2. Click on Generic
3. Click on Date parameter
4. Go to properties give the name
eg: param_start_date
5. Click + symbol  per another date parameter
6. Go to properties give the name
eg: param_end_date

Find the  image

Step 2: Creating Date input Components
In the “Components” section
1. Click on Components
2. Click on Selects
3. Click on “Date input Component”
4. Go to Properties give name. eg: start_date in  my example
5. In the properties give HtmlObject. eg: start_date_select
* HtmlObject is the name of the column where you are putting
your dateinput control.
6. Give  Parameter.[It will appear once you try to type]
eg: In step 1, created parameters. So here give “param_start_date”
7. Give Listeners[click on it, you will find the list of Listeners. Click OK]
8. Repeat 3-7 for “end_date” Date input

Step 3:
Find the steps in image.

HtmlObject is the place where you are putting your chart.

Step 4: Applying parameters for Chart & Query
            In the “DataSources”
Find the steps in the image
Find the sub sequent image for  Parameters applying for chart & Query.

do same as shown in images.

Step 5:
Save the dashboard and then Click on “Preview” button.
See the images below for sample out put with date input controls.
Preview of the dashboard with out any input controls selection

Preview of the dashboard after selecting date input controls.. find the images below one by one.

Find the image for observing whether the chart becomes dynamic or not with different date input controls.

That’s it.. You are done with date input controls on dashboard.
Thank you for reading this small post.

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