English Qlik Sense Developers 2.0

Building visualization extensions

Visualization extensions gives you the possibility to extend the visualization capabilities of Qlik Sense by using standard web technologies. The concept of visualization extensions in general can be seen as a plugin mechanism that allow developers to combine the power of the Qlik Sense APIs with the almost unlimited capabilities of the web.

Visualization extensions use the same set of technologies as standard Qlik Sense visualizations and if developed properly, the handling of them is identical to standard visualizations. They can be:

  • Added to a sheet via drag and drop
  • Configured to use the same property panel as standard Qlik Sense visualizations, meaning that you can create visualization extensions on top of the data of a Qlik Sense app
  • Resized, copied, pasted and positioned just like any other Qlik Sense visualization
  • Added to and used in Data Storytelling
  • Responsive and therefore work properly on any device

About visualization extensions

Prerequisites

It is not necessary that you have already developed any visualization extensions in neither QlikView or Qlik Sense, but you should have a basic understanding of the following concepts:

  • HTML
  • JavaScript

Qlik Sense products

All the concepts described in this section of the help work for both Qlik Sense and Qlik Sense Desktop.

Code editors

In addition to Qlik Sense you need a code editor for creating your visualization extensions. Basically every basic editor works well, for example Notepad++, SublimeText or Aptana.

If you are a beginner in creating visualization extensions, it is recommended that you use Qlik Sense Workbench when creating your first visualization extension.

Comparison to QlikView extensions

Visualization extensions in Qlik Sense equals what is called Object Extensions in QlikView. They provide the same capabilities as object extensions plus much more.

Additional resources

If you are looking for examples of visualization extensions, there are a number of places where you can look. Below you see some places where you can find visualization extensions built by other developers.

Qlik Sense examples

Your Qlik Sense installation provides a number of basic visualization extension examples that can help you get started building your own visualization extensions.

Qlik Branch

Visit branch.qlik.com if you want to explore more advanced visualization extensions built upon the Qlik Sense APIs.

GitHub

Visit GitHub if you want to explore visualization extensions shared by other developers.