A workspace in DataWorks is similar to a project in MaxCompute. This topic describes how to create a workspace in the DataWorks console.


An Alibaba Cloud account is prepared. For more information, see Prepare an Alibaba Cloud account. The Alibaba Cloud account is required to create a workspace, as described in this topic.
Note The procedure for creating a workspace as a RAM user is the same as that described in this topic.


  1. Log on to the DataWorks console by using your Alibaba Cloud account.
  2. On the Overview page, click Shortcuts section on the right.
    You can also click Workspaces in the left-side navigation pane and click Create Workspace on the page that appears.
  3. In the Create Workspace panel, set the parameters in the Basic Settings step and click Next.
    Section Parameter Description
    Basic Information Workspace Name The name of the workspace. The name must be 3 to 23 characters in length and can contain letters, underscores (_), and digits. The name must start with a letter.
    Display Name The display name of the workspace. The display name can be a maximum of 23 characters in length and can contain letters, underscores (_), and digits. The display name must start with a letter.
    Mode The mode of the workspace. Valid values: Basic Mode (Production Environment Only) and Standard Mode (Development and Production Environments).
    • Basic Mode (Production Environment Only): A workspace in basic mode is associated with only one MaxCompute project. Workspaces in basic mode do not isolate the development environment from the production environment. In these workspaces, you can perform only basic data development and cannot strictly control the data development process and the permissions on tables.
    • Standard Mode (Development and Production Environments): A workspace in standard mode is associated with two MaxCompute projects. One serves as the development environment, and the other serves as the production environment. Workspaces in standard mode allow you to develop code in a standard way and strictly control the permissions on tables. These workspaces impose limits on table operations in the production environment for data security.

    For more information, see Basic mode and standard mode.

    Description The description of the workspace.
    Advanced Settings Download SELECT Query Result Specifies whether the query results that are returned by SELECT statements in DataStudio can be downloaded. If you turn off this switch, the query results cannot be downloaded. You can change the setting of this parameter for the workspace in the Workspace Settings panel after the workspace is created. For more information, see Configure security settings.
  4. In the Select Engines and Services step, select required compute engines and services and click Next.
    • If you need to bind a compute engine, you must first activate the corresponding service, such as Realtime Compute, E-MapReduce, Hologres, Graph Compute, or AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL. Otherwise, the compute engine does not appear in the Select Engines and Services step for you to select.
    • If you do not select a required compute engine when you create a workspace, you cannot perform operations that are related to the compute engine on the DataStudio page. For example, you cannot create tables.
    DataWorks is available as a commercial service. If you have not activated DataWorks in a region, activate it before you create a workspace in the region.
    Section Parameter Description
    DataWorks Services
    Note The services that are enabled for the workspace. By default, the check box in this section is selected.
    Data Integration Provides a stable, efficient, and scalable data synchronization platform. Data Integration is designed to efficiently transmit and synchronize data between heterogeneous data sources in complex network environments. For more information, see Data Integration.
    Data Analytics Allows you to design a data computing process that consists of multiple mutually dependent nodes based on your business requirements. The nodes are run by the scheduling system of DataWorks. For more information, see DataStudio.
    Operation Center Allows you to view all your nodes and node instances and perform operations on them. For more information, see Operation Center.
    Data Quality Provides an end-to-end data quality solution that relies on DataWorks. This solution allows you to explore data, compare data, monitor data quality, scan SQL statements, and use intelligent alerting. For more information, see Data Quality.
    Compute Engines MaxCompute Provides a rapid, fully managed data warehouse solution that can process terabytes or petabytes of data. MaxCompute supports fast computing on large amounts of data, effectively reduces costs for enterprises, and ensures data security. For more information, see the MaxCompute documentation.
    Note After you create workspaces in DataWorks, you must associate them with MaxCompute projects. Otherwise, the error project not found is returned when you run commands in the workspaces.
    Realtime Compute Allows you to develop streaming computing nodes in DataWorks.
    E-MapReduce Allows you to use E-MapReduce (EMR) to develop big data processing nodes in DataWorks. For more information, see the EMR documentation.
    Hologres Allows you to use HoloStudio in DataWorks to manage internal and foreign tables and develop Hologres SQL nodes.
    Graph Compute Allows you to use Graph Studio in DataWorks to manage Graph Compute instances.
    AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL Allows you to develop AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL nodes in DataWorks. For more information, see Overview.
    Note You can use the AnalyticDB for PostgreSQL compute engine only in DataWorks Standard Edition or a more advanced edition.
    AnalyticDB for MySQL Allows you to develop AnalyticDB for MySQL nodes in DataWorks. For more information about AnalyticDB for MySQL, see Product introduction.
    Note You can use the AnalyticDB for MySQL compute engine only in DataWorks Standard Edition or a more advanced edition.
    Machine Learning Services PAI Studio Uses statistical algorithms to learn large amounts of historical data and generate an empirical model to provide business strategies.
  5. In the Engine Details step, set the parameters for the selected compute engines.
  6. Click Create Workspace.
    After the workspace is created, you can view information about the workspace on the Workspaces page.
    • If you are the owner of a workspace, all data in the workspace belongs to you. Other users have no access to your workspace before you grant permissions to them. If you create a workspace as a RAM user under an Alibaba Cloud account, the workspace belongs to both the RAM user and the Alibaba Cloud account.
    • You can add a RAM user to a workspace so that the RAM user can use the workspace. This way, the RAM user does not need to create a workspace.

What to do next

You have learned how to create a workspace. You can now proceed with the next tutorial to add workspace members or directly perform operations that are described in Quick Start. Quick Start guides you through a complete process of data analytics and O&M.