Dakota GUI Version 6.6 User Manual

The Dakota GUI can assist users with graphically editing Dakota input files, defining arbitrary simulation models, connecting Dakota to those simulation models without the need to write pre-processing or post-processing driver scripts, and visually plotting output data from Dakota.


The Dakota GUI requires 64-bit Java 8 (JDK, not JRE) and Python 2.7 as prerequisite installs.

Launching Dakota

First, make sure your environment is set according to the Dakota instructions here. Then, perform the following steps depending on your OS.

# Linux
From a command line, type ./DakotaUI

# Mac OS X
From a command line, type ./Dakota.app

# Windows
After unzipping, use the Windows File Explorer to navigate to the 'gui' directory of the Dakota
installation, then double-click DakotaUI.exe.


Follow the cantilever example problem tutorial below to create your first Dakota study in the Dakota GUI.