Exporting projects

In Watson Studio you can share a project with others by exporting the project. Exporting a project packs the project assets that you select into a single file that can be shared like any other file. You can export a project as a ZIP file to your desktop. You can only use an exported project to create a new project in Watson Studio. See Importing a project.

To export a project:

  1. Open the project you want to export.
  2. Check whether the assets that you include in your export, for example notebooks or connections, don’t contain credentials or other sensitive information that you don’t want to share. You should remove this information before you begin the export.
  3. Add information to the readme on the Overview page of your project about the assets that you include in the export. Give a brief description of the analytics use case of the added assets and the data analysis methods that are used. If you add information to the project readme, it is automatically included in the project export. You can update the readme during any stage of the project. The latest version of the readme is exported to desktop or to the Git repository.
  4. Click  the Export icon from the project toolbar. Select to export the project to desktop
  5. Select the assets to add. If you don’t want to manually select all of the assets of a type, you can filter by asset type.

    Alternatively, you can customize the project export settings by selecting preferences (the settings icon to the right of the window title) which are applied each time you export the project.

    Currently, you can export the following asset types: data assets, connections, connected data, folder assets, notebooks, Data Refinery flows, dashboards, and environment definitions.

    Be mindful when selecting assets to also include the dependencies of those assets, for example the data assets or connections for a data flow, a notebook, or connected data. There is no check for dependencies.

  6. Optional: Change the name of the project export file.
  7. Click Export. Do not leave the page while the export is running.

    When you export to desktop, the file is saved to the Downloads folder by default. If a ZIP file with the same name already exists, the existing file isn’t overwritten.

    Ensure that your browser settings download the ZIP file to the desktop as a .zip file and not as a folder. Compressing this folder to enable project import leads to an error. Also note that you cannot manually add other assets to an exported project ZIP file on your desktop.

    The status of a project export is tracked on the project’s Overview page.
    Currently, you can only import projects that are exported from the same Watson Studio edition. For example, you cannot import a project in Watson Studio Local that was exported from Watson Studio Cloud.