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Installing PDI

The first step for working with PDI, is to install the tool. You can download PDI from:

At the time of this writing, the newest released version is 3.0.3, so the file you have to download is


Kettle requires the Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.5 (also called 5.0 in some naming schemes) or newer. You can obtain a JRE for free from


PDI does not require installation, unless you downloaded the .exe file. You simply have to unpack the zip file into a folder of your choice. Under Unix-like environments, you will need to make the shell scripts executable. If this is your situation, execute the following commands: (assuming that you chose Kettle as the installation folder):

cd Kettle 
chmod +x *.sh 
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