Sheet or App Object Level Security Qlik Sense

    Hi All,


    Qlik Sense comes with lots of resource security features like Stream and Application level securities for user or group of users but when it comes to till sheet level security there is no document on community which will guide you to do resource security implementation step by step from scratch to end.


    Furthermore, Qlik Sense security hierarchy: Stream => Application => App Object (sheet, chart, dimension and measure)


    My goal is to restrict an user to a particular Stream => application => sheet =>Chart( set of charts).

    There is nothing hard coded in Qlik Sense server, you can modify it anyhow by disabling the default rules and write your own custom rules.


    Security to MasterObject or AppObject is the last or bottom level security.


    There are some names I am taking for this exercise:

    User: JARVIS

    Stream: Jarvis to Stream

    Application: Consumer_Sales (Default application comes with installation of Qlik Sense Desktop) which has 5 sheets.

    Sheet: Budget Analysis (This sheet which will be visible to our user or set of users only)

    AppObject: charts, dimensions, measures, stories etc.

    For next step:  =>


    Implimentation Steps:


    1.    1. Install Qlik Sense server on your machine(Use a dedicated user as service user). Enable it with Qlik Sense Enterprise license, you will find two desktop shortcuts which are QMC and HUB. Please use local administrator account for installation. Avoid any other account which has administrator rights but not a local administrator because when you provide administrator privileges to any user, it will act like administrator but not become full administrator (some of the property remains pending).


    1.    2. Open QMC with administrator (account you have used for installation) credentials and go to User Directory Connector and create a new connector, if there is Active directory is there in network, select add path of AD (active directory), => remove check sign from sync user data from existing users => click okay and click on SYNC button. You will see all the user will show in USERS tab. If you want to add local server users to Qlik, just hit the MachineName/HUB URL from the concern user and the same user name with machine name as USER DIRECTORY will appear to USER TAB in QMC.


    1.    3. Go to Apps tab import your any application (.qvf file), I am importing Consumer_Sales(which comes by default with installation of Qlik Sense Desktop and quite familiar with everyone ).

    4.1 Go to security tab and disable default STREAM rule, This stream says The user should see the resource if he/she has read access to the stream it is published to  means if any user or group of user has READ access to the stream then user will see all the Application and AppObjects(All resources) so if we try to restrict any user to any particular application or App Object ,it will always let user to see everything which comes in the stream. So by disabling it we are taking all the access from user to see anything in stream by default.

    2.    4.2 Create a new stream with name "Stream for Jarvis" then click on apply => It will give you a warning in yellow color for basic securities then click on cancel for not to apply any security rule or user at this time.


    1.    5. Go back to Apps tab, make a duplicate of your application(We generally first make duplicate then publish to any stream because once we publish we can’t do any changes or development on the same application ).We will use the same application which was duplicated to new one for reload, Here I am making duplicate of Consumer_Sales app and renaming it to Consumer_Sales to Jarvis and publish it to stream Stream or Jarvis.


    6 Now login with JARVIS (with the concern user), you will see there is no stream with name Stream for Jarvis. So, what is the problem. Problem is, User JARVIS doesn't have connection with Stream for Jarvis. So, we will use custom properties to associate a user to resource(Stream) or I can say we need to write a security rule which will say JARVIS can see the stream Stream for Jarvis. For basic knowledge of custom properties


    7. Go to Custom Properties tab, Create new  with name StreamLevelManagment with resource type Stream and User and give any  sample  value like  Assistant to it and assign to concern user(JARVIS)  by going to USERS tab , select JARVIS and on right side you will find custom property option , click on it and  then click on the space bar and you will see that sample value or what I took Assistant is appearing there select it  and do the same exercise for stream(Stream for Jarvis) by going to stream tab.


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    8 Now our task is to map Stream for Jarvis to user JARVIS by creating new security rule (Stream Template) as :



    I am describing security rules in Basic and Advance mode both to be sure you will not confuse how to make rule in both of Modes.


    Now login with user JARVIS, you will find Stream for Jarvis.


    I am describing security rules in Basic and Advance mode both to be sure you will not confuse how to make rule in both of Modes.


    Now login with user JARVIS, you will find Stream for Jarvis.


    9. Go back to Administrator, create a new custom property AppLevelManagment with resource type User and Apps then give a sample value to it and assigned this custom property to concern Users and Apps which you have been created for this exercise to make JARVIS can see the concern application as:




    10. Now you will see Jarvis Can see particular application but with all the sheets, but our goal is, to restrict JARVIS to only one sheet, for that create another security rule with App.object template and configure as:


    (("Jarvis" ) and"Budget Analysis")

    Above rues says , user JARVIS can see Sheet type object and object is Budget Analysis. Now, login with JARVIS, you will see Jarvis see "Budget Analysis" sheet only.

    Important point: Above security rule will disable all the sheet and you will see only "Budget Analysis" sheet, it means those sheet which will be published by your Qlik site member will not be visible to you.


    Now if you wana your user see only see "Budget Analysis" sheet and those sheets which is shared by other users(when any user has rights to edit and publish a base sheet ) so here you need to write just opposite condition of what is written above as:

    (("Jarvis" ) and != "KPI Dashboard" and and != "Sales & Margin Analysis" and != "Sales Analysis" and != "Sales Rep Performance")


    Don't be so happy on this stage, JARVIS is restricted to only one sheet out of 5 sheets but when you open "Budget Analysis" sheet, JARVIS can't see any charts or objects and invalid object error message will be coming on the place of charts.


    Here, you have two ways,

    1. All the charts will be visible on that restricted sheet("Budget Analysis") or

    2. You want to restrict your user to any chart particular chart and hide other charts to user(JARVIS).



    Let’s take all the objects (charts, filters) are supposed be visible on the "Budget Analysis" Sheet.

    Create a new security rule:

    1. (("Jarvis" or"*" and resource.objectType!="sheet"))


    2. (("User1" and resource.objectType="sheet"))

    By above set of two security rule this User1  or JARVIS will see all the sheets on which he has access.

    Here you need to write the above rule every time for each user to say user can see all the objects rather sheet its better to go with below instruction:

    Important Note: Create a new rule with AppObject as resource type:

    ((resource.resourcetype = "App.Object" and resource.published ="true" and resource.objectType != "app_appscript" and resource.objectType != "loadmodel") and resource.objectType != "sheet" and"read"))

    Now, user can see all the charts are visible. First mile stone has been achieved.

    Above rule says , anyone who has access to stream and published application, he can view all the application objects except sheet and for sheet you may use POINT NO 10 instruction. This rule will work for all the users , you just need to tell which user can see which sheet and lets say there are other users who can see all the sheets , then you may write one more rule here :

    Now, the complex one, what if your client say, I wana my user will restrict to a sheet or set of sheets but he or she can see only one chart on the sheet and rest of the chart will be invisible.


    After step 10, next step :

    Write security rule which grant access of App Objects of this sheet to JARVIS, Create a new security rule and configure it as JARVIS will see only one chart present in BUDGET ANALYSIS, by writing the code as:

    ((resource.objectType="masterobject" or"Sales $ by Product Group (sorted by Budget $)" or"Sales $" or"Product"))


    If you can notice, Now I have taken concern Chart Name, Measure and Dimension which made that concern chart as

    Now you can see JARVIS can view only Sales $ by Product Group (sorted by Budget $) chart and rest are coming as Invalid Objects.



    Important Note: Once you configured a Qlik Site for security every time whenever you add new user you have to give access for stream, application and objects(Sheets or Charts). New user by default can't see anything if you add it to any stream as we do generally when there is no need of security.


    Now we have a solution which guide you to the deepest level of security in Qlik Sense.


    After finishing Qlik Sense Enterpise , QAP(Qlik Analytical Platform) comes in picture which is for external users where users number are in hundred and your client donot wana buy hundred of token.

    You may get all the information step wise on the following document:


    JARVIS stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System

    For Dynamic Sheet Exception please refer below documents:

    Dynamic Sheet Exception

    Dynamic Sheet Exception With Stream and App Level Security


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