The Alteryx Gallery is a great environment to distribute and productionise your Alteryx work. Users can login in and generate files and reports based on workflows created by Alteryx Designer users. While this works for a lot of users, there is also a growing demand for embedding this functionality in custom build websites or third party company portals. In this blog post, I will walk you through setting up an environment in which you can embed apps and workflows and how to run them. You will find code snippets that should help you understand how to use the Gallery API endpoints.
If you want to get stuck in immediately then head over to the corresponding Github page to get the source code and files from the embed_workflow folder. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see an example for analytic apps. That code is slightly different because you need to grab the app questions with the API. You can also find the code for this on the same Github page in the embed_app folder.
A good use case I have seen at a customer was embedding analytic apps in SharePoint. A team-collaboration platform built by Microsoft where you can display an interface to end users so they can run their own reports. This blog will, however, not deal with specific portals such as SharePoint, but I'll focus on creating a very basic single-page website in which you can run a workflow and generate an output. Big thanks to Craig Bloodworth for helping me out and for letting me blog about it.
What we are going to create is this basic single webpage for running a published workflow:
Let's get started. The prerequisites for using the Gallery REST API are:
I went ahead and created a page with just one bootstrap card for a very basic workflow (index.html). It has one button, to run the workflow and it will generate an output file. This output file will be downloadable after running the workflow.
Once you have grabbed your keys and URL you can setup the gallery connection. By now you should also have created a blank JS file. If you have downloaded my source code then this file is called app.js. Place your keys and URL in the provided lines. You also need the alteryxGalleryAPI.js and the oath-signature.js files. These two are also on the Github page.
You can find the first through the interactive API documentation or making a request to the gallery. Make sure that if you make changes to a workflow that is already saved on the gallery you overwrite this workflow. This means that the workflow ID stays the same. Every workflow has its own ID, which means that if you make changes and then upload a new version this version will have a new workflow ID.
After getting the workflow ID we define our functions to get the workflow status, for running the workflow and finding the job ID status.
I have created another example for running analytic apps. You can find it on the same Github page. Those code snippets pick up the analytic app questions so you can run the process outside the gallery. In the future I will add more, including how to upload files and how to create a map input in your third party solution.