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How to Install Vizlib Extensions on your Qlik Sense Server

This article describes how to install Vizlib extensions on a Qlik Sense server (we're using Vizlib Library as an example). If you need to install Vizlib extensions on a Qlik Sense desktop, you can find a full set of instructions here.  

NoteYou will need to create a Vizlib account to complete the steps in this article - Sign up here!


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Vizlib User Portal


When you log in to the Vizlib User Portal it will open at the Products page (Figure 1), listing details relating to all your Vizlib products, including license type and subscription status.


Figure 1: Vizlib User Portal


You can find more information about the Vizlib User Portal in our Best Practice article here


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Download - Product


You can download a Vizlib product with one click.

  • Go to the product you want and click the Download button on the right of the panel (Figure 2).
  • The download appears as a .zip file at the bottom of the screen, and flashes when it completes.  

Note: If you're just starting to work with Vizlib, we recommend you download the complete product bundle rather than individual extensions.


Figure 2: Download Product


The Download link uses the Auto-update feature and automatically downloads the latest version of the package. Users with a subscription can also find a monthly bundle for the product by clicking Versions and searching the version history. 


Important: We strongly recommend you avoid using Auto-update in a production environment.


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Download - Extensions


You can also download individual Vizlib extensions in a .zip file, and choose a specific version of the extension. 

Important: We strongly recommend using fixed versions of our extensions in production. 

  • Open the product homepage by selecting the product in the navigation bar, or clicking Learn more to the left of the download link (Figure 3). 
  • Click Extensions in the Information section on the right side of the screen. 
  • Find the extension download you want (you can filter on year and use the search bar).
  • Click Online to begin the download. If you're an Enterprise user, you can also download an Offline version (in offline installations, the Qlik Sense Enterprise Server doesn't require an internet connection). Figure 3 uses an Enterprise account for Vizlib Collaboration as an example, so there are online and offline downloads displayed.  
  • The download will appear as a .zip file at the bottom of the screen and flash when it's completed.


Figure 3: Download Extension



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Qlik Sense Server Upload 


Once you've got the files you need, the next step is to upload them to your Qlik Sense server using the Qlik Management Console (QMC). Before you start the upload, there are a couple of things for you to check.

QMC Access - you'll need access to the QMC (an example URL structure would be https://servername/qmc/ ) and permission to upload files. Please speak to your Qlik Sense server administrator if you're not sure about your account.

Remove Previous Versions - you'll also need to remove previous versions of the Vizlib extensions in the upload which are already installed, or the import will fail. Tip: You can select multiple extensions by clicking on them when you're holding the CTRL key, then remove them by clicking Delete.  


  • To start the upload, log into the QMC and select Extensions from the Manage Resources section in the navigation menu (Figure 4). 
  • Click Import, then use the file explorer to add the .zip file containing the extension(s).
  • When the file's been added, click Import to begin the upload. You should receive a notification when it's completed. 
  • Refresh your Qlik Sense hub to apply the changes. 


Figure 4: Import Extensions


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Working with Vizlib Extensions


Once the files have been uploaded to the server, you can start working with Vizlib extensions. When you're in Edit mode, you can find them in the left hand Assets menu under the Custom Objects tab (Figure 5). 


Figure 5: Custom Objects


If you have any difficulties installing Vizlib products or extensions, please contact Vizlib Support. 


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M
Martin is the author of this solution article.

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