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Loading Data

Start loading data into your document by working through a data load workflow using OAuth2.0 or the gRPC protocol.


To follow along in this tutorial, you should have basic understanding of Docker.


In the examples that follow, all shell commands should be run in a Bash shell. If you are using Windows, we recommend using Git Bash.

Accessing data through a connection service

Learn how you can connect to an OAuth 2.0-protected data source using the example data-connection service to retrieve and load data.

File connectivity service

The File Connectivity Service is an example of a service that can be used to load data from remote files in a Qlik Core stack. This service can be configured to provide built-in data connectivity to connect to OAuth 2.0-protected data sources like Dropbox, OneDrive, and GoogleDrive.

The data connection service that is used in this tutorial works by defining a unique HTTP endpoint for each registered connection provider. The Qlik Associative Engine can then access different data sources by making calls to the service-defined HTTP endpoints.

Before you start this example, you must clone the File Connectivity Service Git repository to your local machine.

git clone

Dropbox example

Do the following:

  1. Install the dependencies.
    cd core-file-connectivity-service
    npm install
  2. Copy the airports.csv file, which is located in the /data folder of the core-file-connectivity-service repository, and paste it into your Dropbox.
  3. Create an OAuth2.0 application by following the OAuth guide instructions.

    Note: When you create your application, the Redirect URI should be the address of the callback that is running the service: http://[host]:[port]/oauth2/callback. For example: http://localhost:3000/v1/oauth2/callback

  4. Start the Docker container, ensure that you set the proper credentials in the environment variables prefixing the multi-lined docker-compose command below.

    cd examples
    ACCEPT_EULA=yes \
    DROPBOX_CLIENT_ID="your App key" \
    DROPBOX_CLIENT_SECRET="your App secret" \
    docker-compose up -d --build

  5. Run the dropbox.js application.
    node dropbox.js
    It should output the 10 lines of the airports.csv to the console window.

The workflow for loading data from GoogleDrive and OneDrive is similar to the example above, and loading data from these data sources is supported by the File Connectivity Service.

Loading data from a PostgreSQL database using gRPC protocol

In this example workflow, load data from a PostgreSQL database using the gRPC protocol in the Qlik Associative Engine.

Before you start this example, you must clone the core-grpc-postgres-connector Git repository to your local machine.

git clone

Do the following:

  1. Build the PostgreSQL image that contains the example data.

    cd examples/postgres-image
    docker build . -t example/core-grpc-postgres-connector-database

    Note: The Dockerfile copies the example data to the image. The PostgreSQL container then automatically populates the database. The result is a PostgreSQL database with a table that is populated with the data from the airports.csv file.

  2. Start the containers.

    cd ..
    docker-compose up -d

    The docker-compose.yml file starts the following services in containers:

    • A database
    • A core-grpc-postgres-connector
    • The Qlik Associative Engine

    Note: If you look at the docker-compose.yml file, port 9076 on the container is mapped to port 19076 on the local machine. This lets you access the Qlik Associative Engine from outside of the Docker network. In this example, we want to trigger a load of the airport data from outside of the container.

    The following special commands are important for enabling the gRPC connectors:

    • -S EnableGrpcCustomConnectors=1

      Enables gRPC connectors in the Qlik Associative Engine.

    • -S GrpcConnectorPlugins="core-grpc-postgres-connector,core-grpc-postgres-connector:50051"

      Creates a connector of the type core-grpc-postgres-connector, which we tell the Qlik Associative Engine exists on host core-grpc-postgres-connector and listening on port 50051.

  3. Verify that the three services are running in containers.

    docker ps

    The database containers share a common port 5432, which is exposed on the network. The core-grpc-postgres-connector can therefore access the database container on this port.

    The core-grpc-postgres-connector container exposes port 50051. This is the port that we told the Qlik Associative Engine to talk to with the commands in the docker-compose.yml file.

    The Qlik Associative Engine exposes ports 9076 and 9090. Port 9090 is used for metrics, which is not relevant for this example. Port 9076 is the standard Qlik Associative Engine API port. Since we mapped it to port 19076 on your local machine, outside of the container, requests to your machine on port 19076 will go to Qlik Associative Engine container.

  4. Trigger the data load.

    Now that we have a populated database, a gRPC connector container, and a Qlik Associative Engine running, all we need is to trigger a load of the data.

    For this example, a small Node.js program that uses the Qlik library enigma.js that talks to the Qlik Associative Engine triggers a load of the airport data with the gRPC connector.

    cd reload-runner
    npm install
    npm start

    You should see the info from 10 different airports printed to the console.

What is happening

Once the containers are running and you trigger the data load, the program creates and opens an app called reloadapp.qvf on the Qlik Associative Engine. Then it creates a connection of the type we defined earlier.

  qType: 'core-grpc-postgres-connector', //the name we defined as a parameter to the Qlik Associative Engine in our docker-compose.yml
  qName: 'postgresgrpc',
  //the connection string inclues both the provider to use and parameters to it.
  qConnectionString: 'CUSTOM CONNECT TO "provider=core-grpc-postgres-connector;host=postgres-database;port=5432;database=postgres"',
  qUserName: 'postgres', //username and password for the PostgreSQL database, provided to the gRPC connector
  qPassword: 'postgres'

The connection string CUSTOM CONNECT TO "provider=core-grpc-postgres-connector;host=postgres-database;port=5432;database=postgres tells the Qlik Associative Engine to use the newly created connection. The remaining part of the connection string specifies parameters to the gRPC connector, such as the database host, address, and port. You can see that the host is the name of the service we defined in the docker-compose.yml file and the port is the port that the database container exposes.

Then, we set a script to use the connection that we just created.

const script = `
  lib connect to 'postgresgrpc';
  sql select rowID,Airport,City,Country,IATACode,ICAOCode,Latitude,Longitude,Altitude,TimeZone,DST,TZ,clock_timestamp() from airports;
`; // add script to use the gRPC connector and load a table

We use the name postgresgrpc, which we defined when we created our connection. Then, we load the airport data from the PostgreSQL airports table into a Qlik Associative Engine table that is named Airports.

Next, we reload the data to load the new data into the Qlik Associative Engine. Finally, we fetch the first 10 results of the Airports table and print them to the console.


We recommend that you take a look inside the index.js file and that you read through the enigma.js documentation to get a better understanding of the steps taken in this tutorial.