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Navigating the user interface


Navigating the user interface

Qlik Application Automation provides an easy-to-use user interface to create and test automations, to store data connections, and to keep track of your automation history.


The Overview section is where you find information about your automation. In this section, you can see the run details for your automations, set automatic schedules, and configure the automation settings.

Automations overview section

The overview section of Qlik Application Automations showing the default landing screen


The Editor section is where you build and test automations. From the editor, you have access to all of the automation blocks and connectors.

Automations editor section

Qlik Application Automation editor section showing the main screen and a simple input-output automation

Block selector pane

The block selector pane gives you access to all of the block options. Select blocks from this pane and drag them onto the automation canvas.

Block selector pane

The left-hand block select pane on the editor view of Qlik Application Automation

Automation canvas

The automation canvas has three views: the editor, the output, and settings.

The Editor view

The automation canvas editor view is where you build automations. Drag blocks onto this area from the block selector pane. To undo an action click undo icon, and to redo something you've undone click redo icon. You can also zoom in and zoom out of the canvas to view more or less detail. Click the zoom percentage to reset the zoom level to 100%.

Automation editor view

the automation canvas showing a simple automation

The Output view

Above the automation canvas, you can switch to the Output tab, which shows the output details for the most recent automation execution. If your automation has an output block, the output from that block is shown on the Output tab.

Automation output tab

automation canvas output view showing one output

To see the input and output for each block, select the Per block or Chronologically tabs. Chronologically shows the order in which blocks were executed.

Automation chronological block output

Chronological output view showing in and out for one block

If any of the blocks throws an error, check the Error tab for details.

The Metrics tab shows information about the total data received and transmitted in the automation.

Automation metrics information

Metrics view showing automation metrics

The Settings view

The Settings view of the automation canvas lets you edit the details of your automation.

Automation settings tab

Output settings menu

Block configuration pane

The block configuration pane provides the options to configure each block. When a block is selected on the automation canvas, the block configuration options are shown here.

Block configuration pane

Block configuration pane showing the loop options


The Connections section is where data connections are listed. Connections are listed only after they are authenticated.

Automation connectors section

Qlik Application Automation connection section showing connections to Slack and OneDrive

Automation edit menu

The automation edit menu is available when you right-click the automation canvas.

Automation edit menu

Automation edit menu upon right-click, showing general options

From the edit menu, you can manually run, save, and close the automation. You can also download or upload an automation. An automaton is represented as a JSON file. This is helpful if you want to open an automation someone else created, or you want to send your automation to someone else to use as a template or example.


The Run button executes the whole automation from the start block to the final block.