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Exporting apps

You can export apps. For example, you might want to use the app in a local version of Qlik Sense, or export the app to another Qlik Sense site. For an unpublished app, all content is exported. For a published app, only published and approved content that is part of the .qvf file is included in the export. The exported app is saved in the default download folder of your web browser.

When you export an app, you can optionally export the app without any data. When importing an app without data, you can replace apps with sheets and stories without impacting the data or data model.

Note: When you export an app, extensions are not included in the export. This may result in some visualizations not being rendered when moving apps between different instances of Qlik Sense. The extensions can be obtained from the shared folder given during the installation, for example: \\<domain>\QlikShare\StaticContent\Extensions.
Note: The app file size displayed in the QMC differs from the file size on disk. This is because the size in the QMC only includes data objects, such as fields, tables, and document properties, and not visualizations, bookmarks, measures, etc, that are also included in the .qvf file.

Do the following:

  1. Open the QMC: https://<QPS server name>/qmc

  2. Select Apps on the QMC start page or from the Start Arrow down drop-down menu to display the overview.

  3. Select the app that you want to export.

  4. Click More actions in the action bar.

    A pop-up menu opens.

  5. Click Export.
  6. To export the app without data, clear Export app with data.
  7. Click Export.

    The Ongoing transports dialog opens. Any other transports initiated by you are also displayed in the dialog.

    There is a maximum limit for simultaneous transports, and if the maximum is reached an error message is displayed.
    • A spinner is displayed during the file export. When the file export is complete, is displayed and the browser automatically starts to download the app to the default download folder of your web browser.

      Warning: Do not close or log out from the QMC before the export and the download has finished – if you do the export cannot be completed and the app (qvf file) is lost.
    • Click Cancel to cancel the export.

      Warningand Aborted are displayed and the export stops.

    • Click OK to remove a failed item Warning.

      The item is removed from the Ongoing transports dialog.

    When the export and file download have finished, is displayed. When all your transports have finished successfully, the Ongoing transports dialog closes. If there are any failed transports, the dialog is displayed until the overview page is refreshed.

Note: When importing an app to a server, or exporting an app from a server, related content that is not stored in the .qvf file, such as images, is also moved. The related content is stored in a separate folder: %ProgramData%\Qlik\Sense\Repository\AppContent\<App ID>. Each app has its own app content folder, with the app ID as the folder name.

Moving apps with ODBC data connections

When you move an app between Qlik Sense sites or Qlik Sense Desktop installations, data connections are not included. If the app contains ODBC data connections, you must create new connections, or use the ones that already exist at the new site. You also need to make sure that the related ODBC data sources exist on the new deployment. The ODBC data sources need to be named and configured identically, and point to the same databases or files.