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Working with apps

Qlik Sense apps are purpose-built applications created with data. App users explore the data through visualizations selected and enhanced by app developers.

Apps are created by three primary methods depending on skill level and how much data manipulation is required upon dataload. Options from basic to advanced include:

  1. Uploaded once and never modified.
  2. Modified manually through Data manager.
  3. Replaced or refreshed with net new changes.

When you create an app, you add it to a space. There are two kinds of spaces in which you can create new apps: Personal spaces are private to individual users. Apps and data sources added there cannot be shared with other users. Shared spaces are collaborative. You can create apps and other members of a shared space can access them. You can also work with other space members to develop apps. Data sources in shared spaces are shared with other members. When your app is complete, you can invite your app audience to your shared space or publish the app to a managed space. For more information about working with shared and managed spaces, see Working in spaces.

The foundation of an app is the data model and load script. Measures and dimensions are reusable data items used to build charts. Sheets and stories display and organize your visualizations. Discoveries can be made by applying filters and selections.

A Qlik Sense app with selections applied

Make discoveries by applying selections

Permissions are required to create and interact with apps. If app functionality is not available to you, contact your administrator for appropriate permissions.


Data manager, Data load editor, and the data catalog

The Data manager lets you quickly add and transform data. You can also associate data tables. The Data load editor uses scripts to connect to a data source and retrieve the data. The data catalog allows you to quickly see all datasets to which you have access. You can add data from multiple files at once. See Loading and managing data with Data Manager, and Using Data load editor.


Measures are calculations used in visualizations. Measures are created from an expression composed of aggregation functions, such as Sum or Max, combined with one or several fields. See Measures and Using expressions in visualizations.


Dimensions are fields used in visualizations. Dimensions determine how the data in a visualization is grouped. For example: total sales per country or number of products per supplier. See Data grouping with dimensions and Fields.

Structure and visuals


Sheets contain data visualizations, such as charts and tables. You create structure in your app by grouping visualizations on sheets. For example, you could have a sheet for North American sales, and a different sheet for Europe. For more information, see Structuring an app using sheets and Choosing the right visualization.


Bookmarks are shortcuts to a certain set of selections and chart expansions. See Bookmarking selections.


Stories are based on snapshots of visualizations. You present your data by creating a story that guides you to new insights by combining snapshots of data at specific times and selection states. See Sharing insights with data storytelling.

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