Getting Started Setting Up Looker

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Looker gives you the option of having your instance hosted by Looker, or hosting the instance yourself. During the set up process a Looker Sales Engineer or Professional Services consultant will help you out, and they're a great resource to lean on. This page shows you how to get started setting up your Looker instance.
For Looker
Hosted
Instances

If you want Looker to host your instance for you, you'll need to follow these general steps:

  1. Enable Secure Database Access - Choose and implement a way for Looker to communicate with your data in a secure manner.
  2. Configure Your Database for Looker - Create the database user and password Looker will use to connect to your database, and enable persistent derived tables when possible.
  3. Connect Looker to Your Database - Add your database information to Looker so that it can connect to your data.
  4. Configure Looker Sign-in Options - Decide how users will login to your Looker instance and add those users.
For On-premise
Instances

If you want to host your Looker instance on your own equipment or cloud service, you'll need to follow these general steps:

  1. Install Looker - Add Looker to your server and ensure your server is setup properly to be secure, communicate with Looker services, collect troubleshooting information, and have backups.
  2. Enable Secure Database Access - If necessary, choose and implement a way for Looker to communicate with your data in a secure manner. This often takes care of itself with on-premise installations if both Looker and your database are on the same private network.
  3. Configure Your Database for Looker - Create the database user and password Looker will use to connect to your database, and enable persistent derived tables when possible.
  4. Connect Looker to Your Database - Add your database information to Looker so that it can connect to your data.
  5. Configure Looker Sign-in Options - Decide how users will login to your Looker instance and add those users.
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