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Connecting to data sources

Qlik Sense lets you to connect to your data, wherever it is stored, with a wide range of Qlik Connectors and other data connection types. When you create a data connection it is saved to Qlik Sense, so you can quickly select and load data from the data sources that you commonly use. Connect to databases, social media data, local files, remote files, and web files.

Create a connection

To select data from a data source, you can either create a new data connection or use a saved data connection. You can create data connections and access your saved connections from:

  • Add data in the data manager.

    Add new data to your app quickly and get assistance creating associations.

    See: Adding data to the app

  • Data connections in the data load editor.

    Select data from a new or existing data connection, or use the script editor to load data from a data connection. You can also edit existing data connections.

    See: Connect to data sources in the data load editor

You can only see data connections that you own, or have been given access to, for reading or updating. Please contact your Qlik Sense system administrator to acquire access if required.

Data connection types

Qlik Sense allows you to access your data wherever it resides. The following data connection types are available with Qlik Sense Cloud. Some data connections are only available with a Cloud Business subscription.

Each type of data connection has specific settings that you need to configure.

Attached files

Attach data files directly to your app by using drag and drop.

Attaching data files and adding the data to the app

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Data files

Load data from files that you have uploaded to your personal or group data files.

Adding data from uploaded data files

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Qlik DataMarket

Select current and historical weather and demographic data, currency exchange rates, as well as business, economic, and societal data.

Adding data from Qlik DataMarket

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Database connectors

Connect to an ODBC data source with preconfigured ODBC database connectors.

  • Microsoft SQL Server


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Local or network files

Connect to a local or network file to select and load data.

Folder data connection settings

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Connect to a REST data source. The REST connector is not tailored for a specific REST data source and can be use to connect to any data source exposed through the REST API.


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Connect to your Salesforce.com account.


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Qlik Web Connectors

Connect to social media or web-based data sources.

  • Facebook Fan Pages and Groups
  • Twitter
  • Google AdWords
  • Google Analytics
  • YouTube Data
  • YouTube Analytics

Built-in Qlik Web Connectors

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