Which framework


A number of different web technologies exist for embedding Qlik Cloud content into a web app. It’s recommended to use qlik-embed, although there may be requirements relating to your use case, available frameworks, and your level of familiarity with the technology that make another framework more suitable.

This guide explores the different integration options and highlights why some may be a better fit for your deployment.

qlik-embedEmbed whole analytics sheets, objects, non-analytics experiences, and also interact with base APIs in a simple wrapperHigh
iFrameEmbed whole analytics sheets or whole objectsLow
Capability APIsEmbed and interact with Qlik Sense app modelsMedium
Nebula / EnigmaPro-code method for embedding and interacting with Qlik Sense appsHigh
REST APIsAdding experiences which aren’t present in a framework, such as reports, data alerts, generated AI insights, and more via base REST APIsHigh


Level of complexity: Simple to Advanced, use case dependent

Qlik’s newest embedding framework, qlik-embed, simplifies embedding of Qlik technologies, while also increasing the potential breadth and depth of your integrations.

qlik-embed works with applications written in plain HTML through to frameworks like React and Svelte. No matter which qlik-embed library you choose, the configuration options will be the same, the methods and properties will be the same. The only differences will be those inherent in the framework you use to implement qlik-embed into your application.

Use cases best suited for qlik-embed

  • Want to solve for third party cookies and browser controls out of the box.
  • Low code sheet embed through to single object and calls into the app model, within a single framework.


Level of complexity: Simple

iFrame embedding allows sheets or objects to be integrated into web apps and portals, often without the need for any JavaScript or other code. You only need an iframe tag, which can be generated on any Qlik Sense page using the App Integration API (for whole sheets), or Single Integration API (for single objects).

The App Integration API provides parameters that can be used to create a URL that returns a complete HTML page containing the embedded app. For details, see App integration.

With the Single Integration API, you can integrate single Qlik Sense visualizations, sheets, or snapshots into an iFrame. See Single integration for more info.

While iFrames are often considered the simplest solution, they are very flexible, and can even be used with anonymous use cases when deployed in conjunction with other services or APIs. They can also be used with other Qlik integration tools such as enigma.js to do things like setting themes within an iFrame.

Use cases best suited for iFrames

  • Want more native Qlik capability (sheets, data alerts, and so on).
  • For non-technical users, requires low code.
  • Quick embedding into a web page where security controls for content are lax.
  • Framework isolation is required (for example, the parent page is using Angular < v2).

Capability APIs

Level of complexity: Intermediate

The Capability APIs are a collection of JavaScript APIs that allow you to easily embed Qlik Sense content into a web app or portal. With just a few lines of code, it is possible to create a visualization that leverages the Qlik Sense visualization library. You can even interact with the engine to return data and metadata from an application. See Capability APIs for an overview and examples.

Use cases best suited for Capability APIs

  • When you want to customize the Qlik experience to match your user interface.
  • When you want to customize the layout of Qlik objects without the overhead of multiple iFrames.
  • When you want to interact with Qlik directly, that is, without going through visualizations.
  • When you want to access the Qlik Sense client without using the Qlik Sense UI, that is, the selection model.


Level of complexity: Intermediate/Advanced

nebula.js is a collection of JavaScript libraries, visualizations, and CLI that helps developers build and integrate visualizations on top of Qlik’s Associative Engine. It can be used for integrating existing visualizations with web apps as well as for building custom visualizations.

Use cases best suited for nebula.js

  • When you want to embed a specific visualization with low overhead.
  • When you want to build customized visualizations.
  • When you are already building web apps or sites using modern frameworks and want to use Qlik data and visualizations.


Level of complexity: Advanced

The enigma.js JavaScript library helps you communicate with the Qlik Associative Engine in JavaScript environments using engine API abstraction.

enigma-go is a go library with the same capabilities.

Examples of use include building your own browser-based analytics tools, back-end services, or command-line scripts.

Use cases best suited for enigma.js

  • When you want to interact at a “low level” with the engine APIs, but not at the lowest level.
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