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Connect to and Query Confluence Data in QlikView over ODBC

Create data visualizations with Confluence data in QlikView.

The CData ODBC drivers expand your ability to work with data from more than 200 data sources. QlikView is a business discovery platform that provides self-service BI for all business users in an organization. This article outlines simple steps to connect to Confluence data using the CData ODBC driver and create data visualizations in QlikView.

The CData ODBC drivers offer unmatched performance for interacting with live Confluence data in QlikView due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from QlikView to Confluence, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Confluence and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can visualize and analyze Confluence data using native QlikView data types.

Connect to Confluence as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Obtaining an API Token

An API token is necessary for account authentication. To generate one, login to your Atlassian account and navigate to API tokens > Create API token. The generated token will be displayed.

Connect Using a Confluence Cloud Account

To connect to a Cloud account, provide the following (Note: Password has been deprecated for connecting to a Cloud Account and is now used only to connect to a Server Instance.):

  • User: The user which will be used to authenticate with the Confluence server.
  • APIToken: The API Token associated with the currently authenticated user.
  • Url: The URL associated with your JIRA endpoint. For example, https://yoursitename.atlassian.net.

Connect Using a Confluence Server Instance

To connect to a Server instance, provide the following:

  • User: The user which will be used to authenticate with the Confluence instance.
  • Password: The password which will be used to authenticate with the Confluence server.
  • Url: The URL associated with your JIRA endpoint. For example, https://yoursitename.atlassian.net.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Populate a Chart with Confluence Data

The steps below supply the results of an SQL query to a visualization in QlikView. In this article, you will create a bar chart with the query below:

SELECT Key, Name FROM Pages WHERE Id = '10000'
  1. Click File -> Edit Script (or click the Edit Script button in the Toolbar).
  2. On the Data tab, select ODBC in the Database menu and click Connect.
  3. Select the DSN (CData Confluence Sys) in the resulting dialog. A command like the following is generated: ODBC CONNECT TO [CData Confluence Sys];
  4. Enter the SQL query directly into the script with the SQL command (or click Select to build the query in the SELECT statement wizard). SQL SELECT Key, Name FROM Pages WHERE Id = '10000';

    Where possible, the SQL operations in the query, like filters and aggregations, will be pushed down to Confluence, while any unsupported operations (which can include SQL functions and JOIN operations) will be managed client-side by the CData SQL engine embedded in the driver.

  5. Close the script editor and reload the document to execute the script.
  6. Click Tools -> Quick Chart Wizard. In the wizard, select the chart type. This example uses a bar chart. When building the chart, you have access to the fields from Confluence, typed appropriately for QlikView, thanks to built-in dynamic metadata querying.
  7. When defining Dimensions, select Key in the First Dimension menu.
  8. When defining Expressions, click the summary function you want and select Name in the menu.
  9. Finish the wizard to generate the chart. The CData ODBC Driver for Confluence connects to live Confluence data, so the chart can be refreshed to see real-time changes. Live connections are possible and effective, thanks to the high-performance data processing native to CData ODBC Drivers.