Cyclic groups in QlikView

Cyclic groups in QlikView allow you to provide several views of data for a given expression. You can create a cyclic group with multiple fields that user can select from. It’s a great feature to save screen real estate.

What if you want to select different cyclic groups so that a chart renders a view of data based on the group user selects? It’s almost akin to taking the power of cyclic group to a next level. Isn’t it?

Let’s explore a scenario. You are asked to create a chart that provides a way for your users to select either a customer group or a product group so that they can analyze sales by selecting these groups on the fly. Once user selects a group, he/she can cycle through fields within that group to generate additional view of sales.

We will begin by loading sales data from an excel file. We will also create a simple in-line table that contains group names. This in-line table will be used to create a list box so that a user can select a group name. It will also be used to enable or disable a cyclic group based on the current selection.

Qlikview cyclic groups

Next, we will create two cyclic groups by selecting¬†Settings –> Document Properties –> Groups

Qlikview dynamic cyclic groups


Next, let’s add a list box so that user can select a cyclic group along with a bar chart which contains two cyclic groups as dimensions and sum(sales) as an expression. We will also create a text box that informs user to select a group first so that chart can render aggregation based on a cyclic group user selects.

dynamic cyclic group 3

Now, let’s add a simple conditional show expression in the layout tab of the chart to display chart when user selects a cyclic group and hide it otherwise.

dynamic cyclic group 4

That’s it. Now, your users can select a cyclic group and have a bar chart rendered accordingly. Keep in mind that you apply same approach if your cyclic groups contain expressions rather than dimensions.

dynamic cyclic groups in QlikView


1. Using Column Visibility via QlikView Cookbook

2. QlikView enablement of Expressions/Dimensions via Qlik Share

3.  Everything in its Place via Living QlikView

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