In this post I will set up an Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS VM in order to install Docker and Compose to deploy a superset container image.

I will use the following documentation to set up the VM. This is already well documented but I want to bring all documentation in one post together.

Installing Superset Locally Using Docker Compose

Install the Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS VM

As the VM runs inside the on-premises network on Hyper-V, I will use the legacy image from

I will choose to use the entire disk and set up encrypted LVM

Here I will only install the OpenSSH server in order to connect from remote with SSH to the VM.

After the installation from the docker engine, you can check with the docker info command what storage driver will be used from docker.

Docker Engine on Ubuntu supports overlay2, aufs and btrfs storage drivers.
Docker Engine uses the overlay2 storage driver by default. If you need to use aufs instead, you need to configure it manually. See use the AUFS storage driver

Install Docker Engine

Regarding the prerequisites and steps to install I used the following documentation, Ubuntu version 20.04 (LTS) is supported.

Install Docker Engine on Ubuntu

I will use the Docker repository to install Docker.

$ sudo apt-get install 

Add Docker’s official GPG key

$ curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg

Set up the repository

$ echo 
  "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/docker-archive-keyring.gpg] 
  $(lsb_release -cs) stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null

Install the Docker Engine

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

Verify that Docker Engine is installed correctly by running the hello-world image.

$ sudo docker run hello-world

Clone Superset’s Github repository

$ git clone

Once that command completes successfully, you should see a new superset folder in your current directory.

Launch Superset through Docker Compose

Navigate to the superset folder and run the following command:

$ docker-compose -f docker-compose-non-dev.yml up

I will first have to install docker-compose with the following command

$ apt install docker-compose

Now I will run the command again and this time it runs and will startup the container.

$ docker-compose -f docker-compose-non-dev.yml up

You should see a wall of logging output from the containers being launched on your machine. Once this output slows, you should have a running instance of Superset on your local machine!

Note: This will bring up superset in a non-dev mode, changes to the codebase will not be reflected. If you would like to run superset in dev mode to test local changes, simply replace the previous command with: docker-compose up, and wait for the superset_node container to finish building the assets.

Your local Superset instance also includes a Postgres server to store your data and is already pre-loaded with some example datasets that ship with Superset. You can access Superset now via your web browser by visiting http://localhost:8088. Note that many browsers now default to https – if yours is one of them, please make sure it uses http.


Superset Documentation

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