Chapter 3. Importing Dakota Studies

If you already have a Dakota input file you want to import into the GUI, there are many ways to achieve this.

Import from disk

You can import from disk in one of three ways:

  • If you are on the welcome screen for the Dakota GUI, select “Import Dakota study from local filesystem.” (select Help > Welcome if you want to get the Welcome screen back).
    You will be presented with a file browser that will auto-import a Dakota input file into a new project.
  • If you have already created a Dakota project, simply right-click on the Dakota project in the project navigator view and select “Import” from the context menu.
  • If you are starting from scratch, select File > Import (make sure you have created at least one project first).

For the latter two options, you will be presented with the Eclipse Import wizard.


From this first page, select General > File System.  Then select Next.


Click on Browse (next to “From directory”) and browse to the folder where your Dakota input file lives.  After selecting a folder, the Import wizard will populate with files from the folder.  Select the one(s) you want.


Select Browse (next to “Into folder”) to tell the Import wizard where to place your Dakota input file.  You will need to have already created a project to place the input file in.

When you are done, click Finish.

Search the Dakota examples repository

The Dakota GUI provides a Google-like search functionality that allows you to browse through curated input file examples written by the Dakota team.

You can access the Search dialog in one of two ways:

  • Select “Search the Dakota examples repository” from the Welcome screen (select Help > Welcome if you want to get the Welcome screen back)
  • Right-click on an existing Dakota project, then select New > File from Dakota examples.


The Search dialog is straightforward to use.  Simply type in a keyword that represents what you’re looking for and hit Search.



Select the input file you want and click Download.  The Search dialog will either create a new project to hold this input file, or add it to your currently selected project.

Start a new Dakota input file from scratch

If you want to create a new Dakota input file completely from scratch, either:

  • Right click on an existing project, then select New > File.
  • Select File > New > Other… then select General > File from the New wizard that appears.
    Click Next.  On the next screen, select which parent project you want to place the file in.

Note:  The Dakota GUI currently observes .in file extensions for parsing Dakota input files.  Therefore, you must name your file with a .in extension if you want to leverage input file parsing in the GUI.