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QlikView, Creating Business Discovery Application using HDP


March 13, 2014



Welcome to the QlikView (Business Discovery Tools) tutorials developed by Qlik™. The tutorials will is designed to help you get connected with QlikView within minutes to access data from the Hortonworks Data Platform. QlikView will allow you to immediately gain personalized analytics and discover insights into data residing in Hortonworks Data Platform. As with most BI tools, QlikView can use Apache Hive (via ODBC connection) as the SQL access in Hadoop.

QlikView has two modes of ingesting data

  • Data loaded to QlikView In-Memory Associative Data Store.

    • Pros – Sub Second Response Time, Data Compression, Only Accesses Data from HDP at time of load(Less Load on HDP)
    • Con – Data Size Limitation, Data Duplication
  • QlikView Hybrid Solution – QlikView Direct Discovery on top of Hadoop.

    • Pro – Ability to analyze Big Data. Data is left in HDP, Workload is pushed down to HDP

    • Con – Response time depends on HDP. HDP response time is much slower than In-Memory. Work Load on HDP will need to be managed effectively.

This Tutorial will cover loading data into Qlikview In-Memory Associative Data Store; with simple modifications to the load script the application can be configured to run the Qlikview Hybrid Solution where data resides inside HDP.



List the main steps needed to perform the procedure:

1. Install QlikView Desktop Personal Edition. (Qlikview is Windows Only Application)

2. Install HDP Hive ODBC driver and Connect QlikView to HDP.

Step 1 – Install QlikView Desktop Personal Edition

This section will guide you step by step instructions on installing QlikView personal edition.

Current version of QlikView of this writing is QlikView 11 SR5.

1. Install QlikView Desktop.exe

Description: Installations MSI

2. Choose Language

Description Choose Language:

3. Qlik "OK" and allow installation to continue

Description: Installation 2

4. Click Next to Start QlikView Installation

Description: Installation 3

5. Accept EULA

Description: EULA

6. Enter Name and Organization

Description: Name and Organization

7. Press “Next”

Description: Installation 2

8. Choose Full installation and Press Next

Description: Full Installation Description: Full Installation 2

9. Complete Installation of QlikView by pressing Finish

Description: Complete Installation You have successfully installed QlikView Desktop Personal Edition.

Step 2 – Install HDP Hive ODBC driver and Connect QlikView to HDP

In this section we will install HDP Hive ODBC Driver and Connect QlikView to HDP.

1. Execute file HortonworksHiveODBC64.msi downloaded from :HDP Hive ODBC Driver

2. Click Next on the Hortonworks Hive ODBC Driver Setup Wizard Welcome screen.


3. Review the license agreement than select checkbox to accept the license terms and click Next to continue

Description: HDP2

4. Select Next

Description: HDP3

5. Click Install

Description: HDP3

6. If reboot is required Click OK

Description: HDP4

7. Click Finish to close.

Description: HDP5

8. Click Yes to restart to your system

Description: HDP Reboot

9. Open ODBC Manager to set up ODBC Connection with HDP

** Click "Add" and New Data Source Window will show up. ** Description: HDP ODBC

10. Select Hortonworks Hive ODBC Driver.

Description: HDP ODBC Complete

11. Enter credentials for HDP Sandbox

Use Hive Server Type 2 to support Kerberos Authentication.

Description: HDP Setup

12. Enter Credentials

Description: HDP ODBC Complete

13. Click Test and verify successful connection.

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

Step 3 – QlikView Integration with HDP Hive

In this section, we will explore how QlikView can explore data in HDP. The tutorial will walk through steps to setup QlikView to Load Data from Hive. Please review HDP Tutorial and load sample data sets into Hortonworks Hive before starting this section.

1. Start QlikView Desktop Personal Edition

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

2. File –> New Click Cancel when the Wizard Comes up

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

3. Click on the Script Icon to Open QlikView Script

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

4. Click Connect and QlikView ODBC Manager will come up.

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

5. Select your HIVE ODBC Connection enter your credentials and test your connection

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

6. Click OK to clear connection test and OK on the QlikView ODBC Manager and a connection string will appear on Script Editor

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

7. Click Select and QlikView Selection Window will Appear with all of your Tables

Description: HDP ODBC TEST Description: HDP ODBC TEST

8. Choose your sample table and select okay to add to HIVE table load script for selected sample table.

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

9. Qlik Okay to exit Script Editor or Reload to Load Data immediately into QlikView

Reload will force user to save the QlikView document with a new name. Description: HDP ODBC TEST

10. Click Reload

11. The QlikView Document will pull in HDP Table into QlikView in Memory Associative Data Store. In this example we will pull in _sample_07 _table

Please note 823 lines were extracted from HDP Hive and inserted into QlikView In-Memory Associative Data Store. Description: HDP ODBC TEST

12. Right click and choose “select fields”

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

13. Click Add All to add all fields to current QlikView Sheet.

Description: HDP ODBC TEST

14. Verify all fields were successfully loaded by inspecting the data in QlikView.

Select Items inside QlikView to see the Associative nature of QlikView. Description: HDP ODBC TEST Once the data is imported you are ready to go. Now you can use QlikView to create data application with data from Hadoop and the Hortonworks Sandbox. QlikView is leading Business Discovery Platform, our application approach allows users to create insightful data visualization applications with Hortonworks Data Platform.

You can Download QlikView Files for this Tutorial in this Link: Download Qlik HDP Sample QVW

To help you learn more about QlikView here are some Videos that you may want view.

· 6 minute Video on High Level Product Demonstration on QlikView - QlikView Product Tour

· New To QlikView Videos - Series of 1 to 3 minutes video on QlikView Topics from loading data to designing charts to creating buttons.

About Qlik

Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) is a leader in Business Discovery—user-driven Business Intelligence (BI). Its QlikView Business Discovery solution bridges the gap between traditional BI solutions and inadequate spreadsheet applications. The in-memory associative search technology Qlik pioneered created the self-service BI category, allowing users to explore information freely rather than being confined to a predefined path of questions. Appropriate from SMB to the largest global enterprise, QlikView’s self-service analysis can be deployed with data governance in days or weeks. The QlikView Business Discovery platform’s app-driven model works with existing BI solutions, offering an immersive mobile and social, collaborative experience. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Qlik has offices around the world serving approximately 29,000 customers in over 100 countries.

The QlikView Business Discovery platform enables users to explore data, make discoveries, and uncover insights that can be used to help them solve business problems in new ways. One of QlikView’s primary differentiators is the associative experience it delivers to users. QlikView's associative experience allows users to answer questions they did not know to ask. - See more at: and visit us at

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks develops, distributes and supports the only 100-percent open source distribution of Apache Hadoop explicitly architected, built and tested for enterprise grade deployments. Developed by the original architects, builders and operators of Hadoop, Hortonworks stewards the core and delivers the critical services required by the enterprise to reliably and effectively run Hadoop at scale. Our distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform, provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Hortonworks also provides unmatched technical support, training and certification programs. For more information, visit The Hortonworks Sandbox can be found at:

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