Dakota GUI Version 6.8 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 scripts, and visually plotting output data from Dakota.

This manual is structured as a reference manual, rather than a step-by-step tutorial.  Apart from introductory material, the chapters can be read in any order, depending on which topic you’re interested in learning about.


The Dakota GUI requires:

  • The 64-bit JDK version of Java 8.  Available for download from Oracle's site.
  • Python 2.7 is recommended but not required.  Many of the following chapters assume Python 2.7 is installed (primarily for writing Dakota interface scripts).  Available for download here.


First, make sure your system 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.