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Release 5.1




This guide takes you through installation steps for Designer Cloud Enterprise Edition.


Before you begin, please complete the following.

NOTE: Except for database installation and configuration, all install commands should be run as the root user or a user with similar privileges. For database installation, you will be asked to switch the database user account.



  1. Set the node where Designer Cloud Enterprise Edition is to be installed. 
    1. Review the System Requirements and verify that all required components have been installed.
    2. Verify that all required system ports are opened on the node. See System Ports.
  2. Review the Desktop Requirements.

    NOTE: Designer Cloud Enterprise Edition requires the installation of Google Chrome on each desktop. Additionally, two plugins must be enabled and of sufficient versions to properly use the Photon running environment.

  3. Review the System Dependencies.

    NOTE: If you are installing on node without access to the Internet, you must download the offline dependencies before you begin. See Install Dependencies without Internet Access.

  4. Acquire your License Key.
  5. Install and verify operations of the datastore, if used.

    NOTE: In some cases, access to the Hadoop cluster is required.

  6. Verify access to the server where the Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform is to be installed.

  7. Databases: Initialize the Alteryx databases. See Set up the Databases.

  8. Hadoop: Additional steps are required to integrate the Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform with Hadoop. See Prepare Hadoop for Integration with the Platform.
  9. Other system software must be prepared prior to install. See  Preparing Related Software.


1. Install Dependencies

For CentOS or RHEL with Internet access

Use the following to add the hosted package repository for CentOS/RHEL, which will automatically install the proper packages for your environment. 


# If the client has curl installed ...
curl | sudo bash
# Otherwise, you can also use wget ...
wget -qO- | sudo bash


For Ubuntu with Internet access

Use the following to add the hosted package repository for Ubuntu, which will automatically install the proper packages for your environment. 

NOTE: Install curl if not present on your system.

Then, execute the following command: 

NOTE: Run the following command as the root user. In proxied environments, the script may encounter issues with detecting proxy settings.

curl | sudo bash

Install dependencies without Internet access

You may also download the dependency bundle with your release directly from Alteryx Inc. For more information, see Install Dependencies without Internet Access.

Special instructions for Ubuntu installs

These steps manually install the correct and supported version of the following:

  • nodeJS
  • nginX

Due to a known issue resolving package dependencies on Ubuntu, please complete the following steps prior to installation of other dependencies or software. 

  1. Login to the Alteryx node as an administrator.

  2. Execute the following command to install the appropriate versions of nodeJS and nginX.

    1. Ubuntu 14.04:

      sudo apt-get install nginx=1.12.2-1~trusty nodejs=6.12.2-1nodesource1
    2. Ubuntu 16.04 

      sudo apt-get install nginx=1.12.2-1~xenial nodejs=6.12.2-1nodesource1
  3. Continue with the installation process.

2. Install JDK

By default, the  Alteryx node uses OpenJDK for accessing Java libraries and components. In some environments, basic setup of the node may include installation of a JDK. Please review your environment to verify that an appropriate JDK version has been installed on the node.

NOTE: Use of Java Development Kits other than OpenJDK is not currently supported. However, the platform may work with the Java Development Kit of your choice, as long as it is compatible with the supported version(s) of Java. See System Requirements.

NOTE: OpenJDK is included in the offline dependencies, which can be used to install the platform without Internet access. For more information, see Install Dependencies without Internet Access.

The following commands can be used to install OpenJDK. These commands can be modified to install a separate compatible version of the JDK.


sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-1.8.0 java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel

NOTE: If java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel is not included, the batch job runner service, which is required, fails to start.


sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre-headless


By default, the JAVA_HOME environment variable is configured to point to a default install location for the OpenJDK package. 

NOTE: If you have installed a JDK other than the OpenJDK version provided with the software, you must set the JAVA_HOME environment variable on the Alteryx node to point to the correct install location. 

The property value must be updated in the following locations:

  1. Edit the following file: /opt/trifacta/conf/

  2. Save changes.

3. Install and configure Alteryx databases

The Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform requires installation of several databases. If you have not done so already, you must install and configure the databases used to store Alteryx metadata. See Set up the Databases.

4. Install Alteryx package

NOTE: If you are installing without Internet access, you must reference the local repository. The command to execute the installer is slightly different. See Install Dependencies without Internet Access.

NOTE: Installing the Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform in a directory other than the default one is not supported or recommended.

For CentOS or RHEL

Install the package with yum, using root:

sudo yum install <rpm file>

For Ubuntu

Install the package with apt, using root:

sudo dpkg -i <deb file>

The previous line may return an error message, which you may ignore. Continue with the following command: 

sudo apt-get -f -y install

5. Verify Install

The product is installed in the following directory: 



The platform must be made aware of the location of Java.


  1. Edit the following file: /opt/trifacta/conf/trifacta-conf.json
  2. Update the following parameter value:

    "env": {
      "JAVA_HOME": "/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64"
  3. Save changes.

6. Install License Key

Please install the license key provided to you by Alteryx Inc. See License Key.

7. Store install packages

For safekeeping, you should retain all install packages that have been installed with this Alteryx deployment.


After installation is complete, additional configuration is required.

The Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform requires additional configuration for a successful integration with the datastore. Please review and complete the necessary configuration steps. For more information, see Configure.

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