Installers Guide

This is our "new and improved" installation guide, it was first released with the Dataverse Network application versions 2.2.4, when we introduced the new, automated and much simplified installation process. As of February 2012, it has been updated to reflect the changes made in the newly released version 3.0 of the software. (Our existing users will notice however, that the changes in the installation process have been fairly minimal).

The guide is intended for anyone who needs to install the DVN app, developers and Dataverse Network administrators alike.

The top-down organization of the chapters and sections is that of increasing complexity. First a very basic, simple installation scenario is presented. The instructions are straightforward and only the required components are discussed. This use case will in fact be sufficient for most DVN developers and many Dataverse Network administrators. Chances are you are one of such users, so if brave by nature, you may stop reading this section and go straight to the “Quick Install” chapter.

The “basic” installation process described in the first chapter is fully automated, everything is performed by a single interactive script. This process has its limitations. It will likely work only on the supported platforms. Optional components need to be configured  outside of the Installer (these are described in the "Optional Components" section).

For an advanced user, we provide the detailed explanations of all the steps performed by the Installer. This way he or she can experiment with individual configuration options, having maximum flexibility and control over the process. Yet we tried to organize the advanced information in such a way that those who only need the most basic instructions would not have to read through it unnecessarily.  Instead we provide them with an easy way to get a bare-bones configuration of the DVN up and running.

If you encounter any problems during installation, please contact the development team at support@thedata.org or our Dataverse Users Community.