Exporting projects

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. The project readme file is added to the exported ZIP file by default. Exporting a project is not available for all Watson Studio plans. See Offering plans.

Exporting a project to desktop

Exporting a project packs the project assets that you select into a single ZIP file that can be shared like any other file.

Required role: You need Admin or Editor permissions on the project to export a project to desktop.

To export project assets to desktop:

  1. Open the project you want to export assets from.
  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. Only private connection credentials are removed.
  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.
  4. Click  the Export to desktop icon from the project toolbar.
  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. Note also 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.