Metabase is the easy, open source way for everyone in your company to ask questions and learn from data. This is a pre-configured installation with openJDK and the open source version of Metabase. All dependencies are solved for you to just go and start using Metabase from your browser in moments.

Explore on your own

Easily filter and group your data to find just what you’re looking for, all without ever writing a line of sql or having to wait on a co-worker.

See connections

It just takes a click to see individual records and explore connections between your data, so you can move from who, to what effortlessly.

Visualize results

Move from your data to beautiful graphs and charts with just a few clicks.

Software Included

Package Version License
Metabase 0.41.6 AGPL 3
openJDK 11.0.13 GPL 2

Creating an App using the Control Panel

Click the Deploy to DigitalOcean button to create a Droplet based on this 1-Click App. If you aren’t logged in, this link will prompt you to log in with your DigitalOcean account.

Deploy to DO

Creating an App using the API

In addition to creating a Droplet from the Metabase 1-Click App using the control panel, you can also use the DigitalOcean API. As an example, to create a 4GB Metabase Droplet in the SFO2 region, you can use the following curl command. You need to either save your API access token) to an environment variable or substitute it in the command below.

curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
         -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$TOKEN'' -d \
        '{"name":"choose_a_name","region":"sfo2","size":"s-2vcpu-4gb","image": "metabase-18-04"}' \

Getting Started After Deploying Metabase

Creating a system administrator account

It is highly recommended that you create an administrator account separate from root.

With your just created droplet, open a terminal on your local and login as root:

ssh root@server_ip_address

Let’s create the user paul:

adduser paul
usermod -aG sudo paul

For the full reference please check this DigitalOcean tutorial.

Using Metabase

Allow 2 to 5 minutes so that Metabase starts all required services. With less powerful droplets this can be slower, faster droplets will run Metabase almost immediately. This delay only happens when the droplet is created and not afterwards.

From any modern browser such as Firefox, type server_ip_address:3000 (see your droplet IP at DigitalOcean control panel) on the address bar and then enter with any of the users you created before.

Another option is to access by using an ssh tunnel, with nice benefit of being encrypted. Run this command from the terminal:

ssh -f [email protected] -L 3000: -N

And then, from the browser go to localhost:3000. The first step with Metabase is to create an administrator for the application, complete the information and add a password that can be the same as the password for system administrator paul or a different password.

After this step you’ll be ready to connect to databases, invite users and all the possibilities described in Metabase documentation.

Optional: custom domain and enabled https

You can run ./ from the root directory and follow the guided setup in order to link a domain and provide an HTTPS certificate.