SenseTheme: Theme Builder for Qlik Sense

By Barry Harmsen


TL;DR: check out SenseTheme.

At Bitmetric, my colleagues and I regularly meet after work to investigate and experiment with interesting methods and technologies, share knowledge and generally shoot the breeze (we’re all at different client sites during the week, so it’s a good time to catch up).

The topic of our last meetup was Qlik Sense Themes. This is one of the big new (and highly anticipated) features in the Qlik Sense February 2018 release, allowing you to create custom themes for your apps. Our expectation was that we’d get the general idea of themes, go over the syntax and build a few cool themes. In reality, our meetup quickly devolved into a hunt for missing curly braces, property names and CSS classes. Still fun, if you’re into that sort of thing, but not as productive as we’d hoped.

At the end of the evening, my colleagues Bernard de Bruin and Vincent Hayward suggested that it would be cool to build a visual theme editor. That way we could build themes easier and faster.

I must admit that I wasn’t initially sold on the idea. Sure, there’s a learning curve when editing the JSON files, but once you’ve done it once or twice you quickly get the hang of it. After a good night’s sleep I came to agree with Bernard and Vincent however. Consultants and developers might invest the time to build a theme (we did), but it’s probably not very intuitive for the average power or self-service user. As that last group seems to be the main audience for themes, and since this looked like a nice, compact side-project for our team to work on (‘theme building’, haha!), we set out to build a solution.


SenseTheme: a visual theme editor for Qlik Sense

The result is SenseTheme, a visual theme editor for Qlik Sense. You can start with a blank theme, customize one of our existing themes, or just download a ready-made theme from the gallery

Check it out, and if you build any cool themes be sure to share them with us 😉


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Hey! Leuk dat je even blijft hangen. Als je dit ook nog kunt lezen val je waarschijnlijk in de doelgroep 😉 Bij Bitmetric zijn wij hard op zoek naar nieuwe collega’s. Ben jij een Medior of Senior BI/Qlik/Microsoft Consultant en toe aan iets nieuws? Iemand die dingen weet uit te zoeken, op te lossen en in algemene zin sh*t gedaan krijgt? Beetje leuk in de omgang? Dan wil ik graag eens met je praten. Wij hebben mooie projecten, leuke collega’s en investeren continu in jouw kennis en kunde. Neem contact op via het contactformulier, of bel direct met mij (Barry) op 06-24581706.

About The Author

Barry Harmsen

Hi there, I'm Barry and I'm a Business Intelligence Consultant at Bitmetric and based in the Netherlands. Originally from a background of 'traditional' Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Performance Management, for the past 10 years I have been specializing in Qlik and a more user-centric form of BI. I have done numerous QlikView and Qlik Sense implementations in many different roles and industries. In 2012 I co-authored the book QlikView 11 for Developers. You can follow me on Twitter at @meneerharmsen.


  • 1
    March 23, 2018 - 18:22 | Permalink

    Great tool, really useful to make quick Qlik Sense schemes, thank you so much for sharing.

  • 2
    June 21, 2018 - 13:04 | Permalink

    Very cool and usefull

  • 3
    March 27, 2019 - 06:51 | Permalink

    Hi Barry,
    Thanks for the custom theme and it’s really useful for us.
    im currently using theme “Electric 80s ”

    is it possible to add custom color on the column header and total row in qliksense? really appreciate your help 🙂

    Many thanks

  • 4
    June 3, 2019 - 14:42 | Permalink

    Awesome tool. Thanks for the same.

  • 5
    June 15, 2019 - 23:03 | Permalink

    Hi Barry,

    this is a great tool!
    There is just one thing I’m missing.
    I want to start from the default Qlik Sense theme and make just a few adjustments.
    Is it possible to upload this one in you gallary?

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