Getting Started with AWS AMI

You can use the OmniSci AWS AMI (Amazon Web Services Amazon Machine Image) to try OmniSciDB and OmniSci Immerse in the cloud. Perform visual analytics with the included New York Taxi database, or import and explore your own data.

Many options are available when deploying an AWS AMI. These instructions skip to the specific tasks you must perform to deploy a sample environment.


You need a security key pair when you launch your OmniSci instance. If you do not have one, create one before you continue.

  1. Go to the EC2 Dashboard.
  2. Select Key Pairs under Network & Security.
  3. Click Create Key Pair.
  4. Enter a name for your key pair. For example, MyKey.
  5. Click Create. The key pair PEM file downloads to your local machine. For example, you would find MyKey.pem in your Downloads directory.

Launching Your Instance

  1. Go to the AWS Marketplace page for the Enterprise edition. You can get overview information about the product, see pricing, and get usage and support information.
  2. Click Continue to Subscribe to subscribe.
  3. Read the AWS Customer Agreement and click Accept Terms, and then click Continue to Configuration.
  4. Select the Fulfillment Option, Software Version, and Region.
  5. Click Continue to Launch.
  6. On the Launch this software page:
    • From the Choose Action dropdown list, select Launch from Website.
    • Choose an EC2 Instance Type. Note that prices vary depending on the hardware configuration you choose.
    • Configure VPC Settings and Subnet Settings.
    • Select your security group, or create a new one.
    • Select a key pair, or click Create a key pair in EC2 to create a new key pair.
  7. Click Launch. A success page tells you that your instance is sucessfully deployed on EC2. You can track initialization progress on your EC2 Management Console page.

Using OmniSci Immerse on Your AWS Instance

To connect to OmniSci Immerse, you need your Public DNS and Instance ID. You can find these values on the Instances page of your EC2 Dashboard.

To connect to OmniSci Immerse:

  1. Point your Internet browser to the public DNS on port 8443. For example, for public DNS, you would use the URL
  2. If you receive an error message stating that the connection is not private, follow the prompts onscreen to click through to the unsecured website. To secure your site, see Tips for Securing Your EC2 Instance.
  3. Enter the USERNAME (admin) and PASSWORD ( {Instance ID} ).
  4. Click Connect.
  5. On the Dashboards page, click NYC Taxis Dec 2015. Explore and filter the chart information on the NYC Taxis Dashboard.

For more information on OmniSci Immerse features, see Introduction to OmniSci Immerse.

Importing Your Own Data

Working with your own familiar dataset makes it easier to see the advantages of OmniSci processing speed and data visualization.

To import your own data to OmniSci Immerse:

  1. Export your data from your current datastore as a comma-separated value (CSV) or tab-separated value (TSV) file. OmniSci supports Latin-1 ASCII format and UTF-8. If you want to load data with another encoding (for example, UTF-16), convert the data to UTF-8 before loading it to OmniSci.
  2. Point your favorite Internet browser to the public DNS on port 8443. For example, if your public DNS is, use the URL
  3. Enter the USERNAME (admin) and PASSWORD ( {instance ID} ).
  4. Click Connect.
  5. Click Data Manager, and then click Import Data.
  6. Drag and drop your data file onto the table importer page, or use the directory selector.
  7. Click Import Files.
  8. Verify the column names and datatypes. Edit them if needed.
  9. Enter a Name for your table.
  10. Click Save Table.
  11. Click Connect to Table.
  12. On the New Dashboard page, click Add Chart.
  13. Choose a chart type.
  14. Add dimensions and measures as required.
  15. Click Apply.
  16. Enter a Name for your dashboard.
  17. Click Save.

For more information, see Loading Data.

Accessing Your OmniSci Instance Using SSH

Follow these instructions to connect to your instance using SSH from MacOS or Linux. For information on connecting from Windows, see Connecting to Your Linux Instance from Windows Using PuTTY.

  1. Open a terminal window.

  2. Locate your private key file (for example, MyKey.pem). The wizard automatically detects the key you used to launch the instance.

  3. Your key must not be publicly viewable for SSH to work. Use this command to change permissions, if needed:

    chmod 400 MyKey.pem
  4. Connect to your instance using its Public DNS. The default user name is centos or ununtu, depending on the version you are using. For example:

    ssh -i MyKey.pem
  5. Use the following command to run the omnisql SQL command line utility on OmniSciDB. The default user is omnisci and the default password is HyperInteractive:


    For more information, see omnisql.