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Create a DataRobot project using a DR lens

After you finish prepping your data, you can create a DataRobot project directly from Data Prep and start modeling in DataRobot. To do this, use the Data Prep Build tool.


To create a DataRobot project from the Data Prep application, the DR lens feature must be enabled. If you do not see the DataRobot build tool in the Tools bar, contact your Data Prep System Administrator.

Work with the Build tool


A DataRobot connector must be configured in order for you to use the Build tool to create a DataRobot project. The DataRobot connector must be updated to the latest version.

To access the Build tool, click the DataRobot icon in the Tools bar and select build:

To create a DataRobot project, you first create a DR lens. A DR lens is similar to a standard lens—they both generate an AnswerSet based on the steps in the lens, but the DR lens creates a DataRobot project based on the AnswerSet.


You cannot create an Automatic Project Flow (APF) from a DR lens. Your project must have a standard lens to create an APF.

Create a DataRobot project from a DR lens

  1. Click the DataRobot icon in the Tools bar and select build.

  2. Enter the name of the DR lens and select a DataRobot connector.


    If a DataRobot connector has not been configured, the connector dropdown list is empty. Contact your administrator to request that a DataRobot connector be configured.

  3. Click Build. A notification displays at the top of the window indicating that the DataRobot project is being created.

  4. Once the DataRobot project has been created, a success message displays at the top of the window with a "Click here" link. Click the link to access the machine learning project that has been created in DataRobot. The DataRobot project is named after the DR lens name you specified.

    If the DataRobot project cannot be created, an error message displays. Review the details in the export log by selecting Library > Export Logs.

  5. Click Save to save the DR lens step in the Steps tool.

Updated April 12, 2022
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