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Creating maps

Maps enable you to view your data geographically.

Maps have many ways to present your data. You can add multiple layers to your map to display different types of information on the same map. You can set a custom scope for locations so that if two locations have the same name, you display the locations and their data correctly. You can use drill-down dimensions to create a hierarchy of geographic areas for selection. You can limit the pan of a map to a specific view and scope of the map, such as a region of interest, out of which users cannot pan or zoom out. You can add custom base maps to your map and use non-WGS-84 coordinates.

You can add a map to the sheet you are editing.

Tip noteYou can create several map visualizations based on different point data or area data, which use the same dimension data.
  1. In a sheet, click to add a new visualization.
  2. Under Visualization, select Map.
  3. Click Open advanced properties.

  4. From Map settings, select the Base map.

  5. From Layers in the properties panel, add layers to your map.

    Layers are placed above layers of the same type. You can set the order of layers by dragging layers up and down in the list. The layer at the top of your list is also overlaid on top of the other layers on your map.

    For information on configuring layers, see:

Once the map is created, you can adjust its appearance and other settings for the map and its layers in the properties panel.

Information note Info will appear in the top-left corner of your map if there is an issue with the added layer. Click the icon to see the error message.

Limiting location scope in map layers

By default, Qlik Sense searches a broad scope of locations for the location field when names are used. In cases where there are multiple possible matches, you may need to limit the scope of locations searched to ensure Qlik Sense displays the desired location.

  1. From Layers in the advanced properties panel, click Location.
  2. Set Scope for location to Custom.
  3. After Location type, select the type of data contained in the field or expression selected as Location field.
  4. Optionally, after Country, enter a field, expression, or text indicating the country the locations in the Location field are located.
  5. Optionally, after Administrative area (Level 1), enter a field, expression, or text indicating the first-level administrative area the locations in the Location field are located.
  6. Optionally, after Administrative area (Level 2), enter a field, expression, or text indicating the second-level administrative area the locations in the Location field are located.

Limiting panning in your map

You can limit the panning settings in your map to keep the view in your map limited to a set area, such as a specific region of interest. When you limit the panning in a map, you lock the map to the current view. The map will not zoom out further than the current view. You cannot pan the map beyond the limits of the current view. If you zoom in, you can pan, but you are limited by the boundaries of the pan limit.

  1. From the advanced properties panel, click Appearance.
  2. In Presentation, set Limit pan navigation to Custom.
  3. Set your map to the view you want to which you want to limit the pan.
  4. Click Set pan limit.

You can toggle the set pan limit on and off with Limit pan navigation. You can clear the saved pan limit by clicking Clear pan limit.

Using non-WGS-84 coordinate systems

If you have data and a background map in a projection other than WGS-84, you should set the base map to None, add your background map as a background layer, and then set your projection to use undefined degrees or meters depending on the unit of length used in your base map.

When using non-WGS-84 coordinates, you must use geometries loaded into a field. Location names cannot be used.

  1. From the advanced properties panel, click Map settings.
  2. In Base map, select Empty (undefined degrees) or Empty (undefined meters).
  3. Select Background layer.

  4. After URL, enter the URL to a slippy map server.

    For example,${z}/${x}/${y}.png .

  5. After Attribution, enter the attribution string for the map.

    For example, &copy; <a href='' target='_blank'>OpenCycleMap</a>. Map data &copy; <a href='' target='_blank'>OpenStreetMap</a> contributors.

  6. From Layers, click Add layer.
  7. Select your layer type.
  8. In Dimensions, click Add and select a field containing data in your map's coordinate system.

Server connection requirements

In order for a Qlik Sense map chart to be able to perform location lookup and show a background map (base map and layers), your web browser needs to be able to establish a connection with both of the following servers on port 443 (HTTPS):

  • (required for location lookups and background map)

  • (required for Satellite base map)

For more information, refer to the Map service connection requirements on Ports used by user web browser.

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