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Scrap the long QlikView URL – use a friendly URL instead

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Scrap the long QlikView URL – use a friendly URL instead

Friendly URLs are web address which are easy to read & type. They usually consist short names which are abbreviated descriptions of the content (alias) and are therefore short and easy to remember. These friendly URLs can be very helpful when developing Qlik applications and can support maintaining the user-access to an application when deployed in production. The goal is to replace the long URL e.g. http://servername/QvPlugin/opendoc.htm?document=Movies%20Database.qvw with a shorter version http://servername/MovieDB by using a URL redirection script.

friendlyURLMovieDB.png

This way the user will always have:

  1. one easy to remember link at all times which he can bookmark in his browser.
  2. a static link to his application which will never change.

The developer will have the ability to

  1. control which application the users are accessing throughout the friendly URL.
  2. point the friendly URL to different versions of the same app, without the user noticing, just by modifying the redirection.
  3. make sure no old or wrong applications are accessed which have been picked up by links in old eMails.

In this document, I will show you the different easy ways of setting up friendly URLs and the related redirections.

Overview:

  • Host a friendly URL using Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Host a friendly URL using QlikView Web Server
  • Passing parameters throughout a friendly URL


Disclaimer:

While this document will show you three different ways of setting up friendly URLs I am aware of the fact they are not exhaustive. If anyone knows better or other ways of achieving the same result, please share and I am happy to include your suggestions in my document with a reference. Or if anyone encounters any limitations/issues while using them, please do so too.


I would also like to thank Philip Hand from CapVentis for his contribution to this document.


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Nice Writeup Martin

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Luminary
Luminary

Thanks Martin. Good idea

marcus_malinow
Valued Contributor III

Thanks for this, very clearly explained.

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Partner
Partner

Nice Idea

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selcukcadir
Contributor II

Good idea. Thanks..

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Luminary
Luminary

Nice idea Martin. Good to use them while playing with multiple links.

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SunilChauhan
Esteemed Contributor

Nice one. Thanks

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manojkvrajan
Contributor III

Very good article Martin. It makes the life easier for QV app integration in various sites without changing the URL.

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Good Job. Very useful.

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