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Connector blocks

Connectors let you access external data sources to integrate into your automation. Connectors are similar to the other automation blocks except that they require you to authenticate the connection. Each connector block makes a unique API call to the data source connector.

Authenticating connectors

All connectors are available for all Qlik Application Automation users, however, to use the connector in your automation you must be able to log in to authenticate it. There are two ways to authenticate.

From the Connections section, select the connector and click Add. After you authenticate the connector, it is listed under My connections with a green circle that indicates the connector is authenticated. Connectors that are not yet authenticated are indicated with a red circle.

My connections page

Connections section showing a list of connectors

From the Editor section, when you add a block to the canvas, there is a Connection tab on the block configuration pane that is highlighted in red. On this section, click Connect your connector button to authenticate.

Connecting a data source

Connection section of configurator showing the connect your connector button

Connectors

All of the connectors are available from the block selector pane. Connectors that are available are listed under Other Connectors. Authenticated connectors are listed under My Connectors. Connectors that are part of your current automation are listed under Connectors in use. Just like other blocks, drag a connector block onto the canvas and configure it from the block configuration pane.

The block selector pane

The block selector pane showing the connectors sections

Each connector includes many connector blocks, and each connector block corresponds to an API endpoint. When you add a connector block to the canvas, you can click Show API endpoint to see the method and URL this connector block uses to call the API server. Connector blocks are configured just like regular blocks. See Block essentials for details.

Tip:

For guides, tutorials, connector ideation, and connector troubleshooting, see Qlik Community for Qlik Application Automation.

Qlik Cloud connector

The Qlik Cloud connector provides native Qlik Cloud integration to your automation. The connector blocks let you build powerful workflows with Qlik Cloud connectivity to do things like trigger reloads, create spaces, and publish apps.

Automation with Qlik Cloud blocks

QCS automation example showing a reload task chain

Qlik Reporting connector

The Qlik Reporting connector provides native Qlik reporting integration to your automation to create multi-sheet and customized reports. The Qlik Reporting connector blocks can be combined to build automations that generate reports based on sheets from an app. You can customize the report by applying different selections to specific sheets, or by configuring sheets to show alternate states. The report is generated as a PDF document, which you can distribute in a number of ways using other connector blocks.

Tip:

Learn how to create reports using Qlik Application Automation by completing the reporting tutorial.

An automation that creates and generates a report

Automation consisting of only reporting blocks

Note:

Once a report is created using an automation, you can share the PDF document with anyone. This means you could potentially share data from an app that is not available to all users. Before creating and sending reports, make sure you understand the security implications of the app and data used to create the report.

To see more information about limitations, features, and use cases for reporting, see Multi-sheet PDF reports via Qlik Application Automation.

Demo connectors

The set of available connectors includes two demo connectors. These connectors require authentication with a dummy API key, and they can be used for sample data or testing your workflow.

Automation with demo connector blocks

CRM automation example with condition