Summary: I introduce “catwalk”, an alternative data model viewer for Qlik Sense from the Qlik oss team. Don’t like reading? Go to https://catwalk.core.qlik.com/ and give it a spin.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with catwalk, a fairly new tool from the Qlik oss team. I call catwalk an “alternative data model viewer” for Qlik Sense.
I’m going to start by showing a few screenshots and then tell you how to get started using catwalk. It’s easy to try out.
After selecting an app to view, you’ll get a graphical table & field layout. In addition to a visual depiction of linkage, you’ll get some rich information about cardinatility, relationships and some nice explanations of subset ratios.
You can also make field selections and see how those selections impact the other tables. A nice little tool in the lower right corner lets you build hypercubes (straight tables) on the fly to visualize aggregations.
I’m not going to tour all the features here because the first time you enter catwalk you’ll be offered a walkthrough guide. I highly recommend you take this brief guide. You can return to the guide at any time from the … menu in the upper right. A tip on the guide: When it says “you can do X, try X” it won’t let you continue until you try actually try X. Clever.
So how do you get access to all this goodness? Go to the github page https://github.com/qlik-oss/catwalk for instructions. Don’t like reading instructions? Make sure your QS Desktop is started and go to the hosted version at https://catwalk.core.qlik.com/. Have fun.
The connection to your Qlik Sense server is from your local browser. No data is passed to the server hosting catwalk.
So while catwalk may have been conceived as a data model explorer for Qlik Core (which has no built-in viewer) it’s just as valuable for Qlik Sense Enterprise or Desktop.