Embed pinboard or visualization

Learn how to embed a visualization or Pinboard in your own Web page.

This page explains, through an example, how to embed a visualization (table or chart) or Pinboard from ThoughtSpot in your own static Web page, portal, or application.

To build this sample, you need to have access to a text editor and a ThoughtSpot instance with a visualization. You should also have some experience working with Javascript.

This procedure assumes the Pinboard with the visualization you want to embed already exists. If the Pinboard or visualization doesn’t exist, create it now before continuing.

  1. Log in to ThoughtSpot from a browser.

  2. Navigate to a visualization on the Pinboard tab.

  3. Open a Pinboard.

  4. Copy the URL for the entire Pinboard and for a single visualization.

    If the object is a Pinboard, click the More icon more options menu icon > Copy Link.

    embed link 1

    The format for the link is: <protocol>:<host>:<port>/#/embed/viz/<pinboardID>

    For a visualization in a pinboard, click the More icon more options menu icon > Copy Link.

    embed link 2

    The format for the link is: <protocol>:<host>:<port>/#/embed/viz/<pinboardID>/<vizualizationId>

Edit the test.html file

You must edit the page in your application or web page where you want to embed a ThoughtSpot pinboard or visualization. For this example, you can get a copy of the test.html file.

  1. Create an empty directory called test.

  2. Save the test.html file to the test directory.

  3. Download the ThoughtSpot JavaScript library.

  4. Place the Javascript library in an api directory co-located with the test.html file.

  5. Edit the test.html file in your favorite editor.

  6. Scroll down to the Variables section (about line 37).

    Here are the fields in the test.html file you need to edit.

     var protocol = "THOUGHTSPOT_PROTOCOL";
     var hostPort = "HOST_PORT";
     var pinboardId = "PINBOARD_ID";
     var vizualizationId = "VIZUALIZATON_ID";
  7. Edit each variable in the section and replace it with the IDs you copied from the Pinboard.

    For example, your URL may look similar to the following:

    This is a link copied from an individual visualization, the result in the file is:

     var protocol = "http";
     var hostPort = "";
     var pinboardId = "061457a2-27bc-43a9-9754-0cd873691bf0";
     var vizualizationId = "9985fccf-b28d-4262-b54b-29619a38348e";

    The protocol (http or https) of your client and your ThoughtSpot instance should match. You can use this identifier in the next part.

  8. Save your changes and close the test.html file.

Enable CORS for your client domain

You must work with ThoughtSpot support to enable CORS between your client application domain and the ThoughtSpot domain. If you don’t do this, you will receive an error message when test.html attempts to load the embedded objects.

The test infrastructure uses Python’s simplehttpserver, which runs by default as localhost:8000. ThoughtSpot support must have this information. You can also copy the test directory to an existing web server. If you do this, you must DNS for the server when you contact Support.

Test the example page

You are almost ready to view your embedded Pinboard and visualization. The fastest way to run a webserver and test the code is using Python’s simplehttpserver. If you have Python on your system you already have the simplehttpserver.

  1. Log in to ThoughtSpot.

    In production, you would have added authentication code to your client. You haven’t done that with this system. So, before you test, you must login to the ThoughtSpot. Successfully logging in causes the system to create a session and an authentication key. Your browser has this information and so when you load the test.html page in another tab, you won’t need to authenticate again.

  2. Change to your test directory.

  3. Start the simplehttpserver web server.

      python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000
  4. Open your browser’s Developer tools.

  5. Navigate to the test page in your browser.


    You should see something similar to the following:

    embed 3
  6. Check the browser console.

    Success is appears in the console with a message similar to this:

     test.html:60 Initialization successful.

Troubleshooting embeds

If your embeds don’t load, open the developer tools on your browser. Look for errors in the page loading, usually on the Console tab. If you see an error similar to:

No 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' header is present on the requested resource.

Typically you see this if the cross domain (CORS) setting was not completed correctly on your ThoughtSpot cluster. Contact ThoughtSpot Support for more help.

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