Establish Connectivity to Qlik Sense

This article describes the process of creating a plugin Data Source to connect to Qlik Sense. This Data Source will allow data from existing Qlik Sense objects to be used in building elements using Metric Insights tools.


  • Enable the following ports: 80 (HTTP), 443 (HTTPS), 4247 (Websocket API) and 4243 (REST API). If you have a Load Balancer, forward the same ports.
  • For other step-by-step instructions, see  Prerequisites to connecting to Qlik Sense server

The following article covers:

[Release 6.x]: 'Remote Data Collector' renamed to 'Remote Data Processor'

1. Access Admin > Data Sources

At the bottom of the screen click [+New Data Source].

2. "Select the Type of New Data Source" pop-up opens

  1. Select "Other" and choose "Qlik Sense" from the drop-down list
  2. Next step

3. Provide Required Qlik Sense Parameters

  1. Data Source Name will default but may be modified
  2. Input Click through server (this is the same URL that you see when accessing Qlik Sense via your web browser)
  3. Enter the host name of the Qlik Sense server
  4. Enter Username and Plugin Password

4. Configure a Host white list on the Qlik Sense server

To allow Metric Insights to access Qlik Sense server, add your Metric Insights Instance(s) to the Host white list.

Secure Connection Virtual Proxy

Acess the Host white list via Virtual Proxy > Profile > Properties > Advanced tab.

Connection Proxies (optional configuration)

Additionally, you can secure your Connection Proxies and increase Session Timeout per Proxy site.

If your Qlik Sense uses a secure connection, provide a certificate by going to your Qlik Sense server and logging onto the QMC (http://your-qliksense-server/qmc/virtualproxies).

Increase session timeout for the Proxy site

Navigate to your Proxy on the QMC.

Increase the session timeout

Increase the Session inactivity timeout (minutes). This will allow Metric Insights to complete more job requests (e.g., getting data from a report) without Qlik Sense prematurely ending the session.


5. Optional Qlik Sense Parameters

To narrow the list of Qlik Sense External Reports fetched with your plugin, you can specify:

  1. Sheet filter: the title(s) of your Qlik Sense Sheet(s)
  2. Application filter: Application(s) you have created in Qlik Sense
  3. Object filter: name(s) of Object(s) you need to bring from Qlik Sense
  4. User domain: the domain group for your Username


You can provide several values for the following filter variables: Sheet, Application, Object. To do so, separate their values with a comma.

You can also configure the behavior of Qlik Sense plugin by using other parameters listed in qliksense.conf.

6. Advanced Configuration

  1. Set Use Remote Data Collector to yes in order to bridge the link between MI and the Qlik Sense server. Then select the Remote Data Collector created when following the Prerequisites to connecting to Qlik Sense server article.
  2. Generate Object List: This setting influences options available in the Qlik Sense Objects tab:
    • automatically: click Refresh list and all Reports are going to be fetched by the system
    • manually: Reports may be added one-by-one or via CSV file
  3. Object List Refresh Trigger: from the dropdown, select the Trigger that will be used to fetch data via the Qlik Sense plugin
  4. Object Selection Method: specify how Qlik Sense Objects will be fetched
  5. Optionally, specify the maximum number of concurrent Threads to utilize during data and/or image fetch to be used in background processing when the system updates Metrics and Reports for this Data Source  
    • If you do not specify any value for this setting, batch data collection processing will be single-threaded
  6. Multiple dimension values delimiter: optionally, specify the Delimiter for Multiple Dimension Values (Configuring this parameter allows to support fetching aggregate data for several Qlik Sense Filter Values)
  7. Test Connection (this will also Save your data)

7. Other settings

  1. You can create Datasets or Elements directly from the respective tabs
  2. Click Permissions to assign permissions to Groups or Power Users