Connect via a direct access data gateway


Businesses commonly enforce strict firewall policies that block external access to their data sources. This presents a challenge when such businesses need to access their data from the cloud for analytics. Qlik Data Gateway - Direct Access overcomes this challenge by eliminating the need to open inbound firewall ports. Operating behind your organization’s firewall, the Direct Access gateway allows Qlik Cloud applications to securely access behind-the-firewall data, over a strictly outbound, encrypted, and mutually authenticated connection.

To learn more about the Direct Access gateway, review the help documentation.


Note: The cURL examples in this tutorial show the command syntax for Windows Command Prompt. If you are using another command line interface, different syntax may be required for line continuation. You may also need to adjust the number and type of quotes surrounding the parameters and their values.

Variable substitution and vocabulary

Throughout this tutorial, variables will be used to communicate value placement. The variable substitution format is <VARIABLE_NAME>. Here is a list of variables referred to in this tutorial.

<TENANT>The hostname for the initial tenant created during account onboarding. Such as
<ACCESS_TOKEN>A bearer token for authorizing https requests to the <TENANT> tenant. Can be an API key, or a token generated via an OAuth client.
<SPACE_ID>The ID of the space you’ll create data connections in.
<CONNECTION_NAME>The ID for the data connection to be created in <SPACE_ID>.
<USERNAME>The username for connecting to the data source.
<PASSWORD>The password for connecting to the data source.

Create connections via a direct access data gateway

Prior to creating a connection via a direct access data gateway, you must install and configure a direct access gateway.

Once created, you can retrieve a list of available data gateways for your required data source using the data-sources API.

This example retrieves all data gateways on the tenant for the DG_mssql data source, which connects to MSSQL hosts via a gateway:

curl --location "https://<TENANT>/api/v1/data-sources/DG_mssql/gateways" ^
--header "Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>" ^
--header "Content-type: application/json"

If the data source supports data gateways and you have a supported data gateway on the tenant, it will return a 200 response:

    "gateways": [
            "name": "My Direct Access Gateway (in Azure)",
            "id": "Rm5Qk-KThkESl5ajnVxuiXZAczfSHo7h::dL1IyMf6DGSp3FV1NmrPJ7eAEA0qd-YR",
            "default": true
    "refreshedAt": "2024-02-29T17:34:00.689Z"

Once you have the data gateway ID, you can add this to the connectionProperties for your new connection. In most cases, the only difference between standard (direct from Qlik Cloud) and gateway connection requests is the dataSourceId field (for example, DG_mssql rather than mssql) and the addition of the gatewayInstance property.

This example connects to a MSSQL host via the Qlik Direct Access Gateway.

curl --location "https://<TENANT>/api/v1/data-connections" ^
--header "Content-Type: application/json" ^
--header "Authorization: <ACCESS_TOKEN>" ^
--data "{
    \"dataSourceId\": \"DG_mssql\",
    \"qName\": \"<CONNECTION_NAME>\",
    \"space\": \"<SPACE_ID>\",
    \"connectionProperties\": {
        \"gatewayInstance\": \"<GATEWAY_ID>\",
        \"host\": \"<HOST>\",
        \"port\": \"1433\",
        \"database\": \"<DATABASE_NAME>\",
        \"username\": \"<USERNAME>\",
        \"password\": \"<PASSWORD>\"

Successful creation of the connection will result in a 201 response:

    "created": "2024-03-01T10:21:12.659Z",
    "datasourceID": "DG_mssql",
    "id": "5bdc7893-866d-4374-98bf-0a0a5fa480b6",
    "links": {
        "self": {
            "href": ""
    "privileges": [
    "qArchitecture": 0,
    "qConnectStatement": "<CONNECTION_STRING>",
    "qCredentialsID": "d27e78a4-d411-468e-9118-4a17b0a4f802",
    "qEngineObjectID": "5bdc7893-866d-4374-98bf-0a0a5fa480b6",
    "qID": "5bdc7893-866d-4374-98bf-0a0a5fa480b6",
    "qLogOn": 1,
    "qName": "<CONNECTION_NAME>",
    "qSeparateCredentials": false,
    "qType": "QlikConnectorsCommonService.exe",
    "qri": "qri:db:sqlserver://ep2ro0_lZFOCjDjSa1jNvI7tihjx0NGcfeKTJ9Nb0Hs",
    "space": "65cf6b6c51618b6abd5848d1",
    "tags": [
    "tenant": "BL4tTJ4S7xrHTcq0zQxQrJ5qB1_Q6cSo",
    "updated": "2024-03-01T10:54:56.996Z",
    "user": "637390ef6541614d3a88d6c3",
    "version": "V1"
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