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Apache Superset: Refusing to start due to insecure SECRET_KEY

I’ve been trying to install Apache Superset so that I can use it for a demo and ran into an issue with a secret key when trying to install it. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to work around it.

We’re going to be using Poetry and will follow the installing from scratch guide.

First up is installing the library:

poetry add apache-superset

And then after initialising the database with poetry run superset db upgrade, we’ll try to create the admin user:

export FLASK_APP=superset
poetry run superset fab create-admin

Running this command resulted in the following output:

A Default SECRET_KEY was detected, please use superset_config.py to override it.
Use a strong complex alphanumeric string and use a tool to help you generate
a sufficiently random sequence, ex: openssl rand -base64 42
Refusing to start due to insecure SECRET_KEY

I learnt that it wants me to specify the SUPERSET_SECRET_KEY, a problem that’s been encountered by several others. So let’s set that environment variable and try again:

export SUPERSET_SECRET_KEY="oh-so-secret" (1)
poetry run superset fab create-admin
1 I should probably use a more secret, but this is just for fun so I’ll be lazy for now.

And this time it’s happy:

logging was configured successfully
2023-10-13 13:54:52,555:INFO:superset.utils.logging_configurator:logging was configured successfully
2023-10-13 13:54:52,557:INFO:root:Configured event logger of type <class 'superset.utils.log.DBEventLogger'>
/Users/markhneedham/Library/Caches/pypoetry/virtualenvs/data-app-er_2mvJz-py3.11/lib/python3.11/site-packages/flask_limiter/extension.py:336: UserWarning: Using the in-memory storage for tracking rate limits as no storage was explicitly specified. This is not recommended for production use. See: https://flask-limiter.readthedocs.io#configuring-a-storage-backend for documentation about configuring the storage backend.
Username [admin]:
User first name [admin]:
User last name [user]:
Email [admin@fab.org]:
Repeat for confirmation:
Recognized Database Authentications.
Admin User admin created.
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