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Data Explorer

The Data Explorer provides a web interface to view and query data in your Qodly application. Using this tool, you can easily browse among all your entities and search, order, or filter attribute values. It helps you to control data and quickly identify issues at any step of the development process.



The Data Explorer supports the following web browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • FireFox

The minimum resolution to use the Data Explorer is 1280x720. Recommended resolution is 1920x1080.

Opening the Data Explorer

To open the Data Explorer web page for a Qodly application:

  1. Open your application with Qodly Studio.

  2. Click on the Data button in the Studio home page:



  1. Click on the Data button in the header bar:


The Data Explorer window opens in a new tab, displaying data available in your application.


The Data Explorer provides an overall access to the data model.

The page contains several areas:

  • On the left side are the Dataclasses area and Attributes area, allowing you can select the dataclasses and attributes to display. Attributes are ordered according to their creation order. Primary key and indexed attributes have a specific icon. You can filter the list of dataclass names and attribute names using the respective search areas.

    search area

  • The central part contains the Search area and the Data grid (list of entities of the selected dataclass). Each column of the grid represents a datastore attribute.

    • By default, all entities are displayed. You can filter the displayed entities using the search area. Two query modes are available: Query on attributes (selected by default), and the Advanced query based on any expression. You select the query mode by clicking on the corresponding button (the X button allows you to reset the query area and thus stop filtering):
      query buttons
    • The name of the selected dataclass is added as a tab above the data grid. Using these tabs, you can switch between dataclasses that have been already selected. You can remove a referenced dataclass by clicking the "remove" icon (X) after the dataclass name.
    • You can reduce the number of columns by unchecking attributes in the left side. You can also switch the columns in the data grid using drag and drop. You can click on a column header to sort entities according to its values (when possible).
    • If an operation requires a long time, a progress bar is displayed. You can stop the running operation at any moment by clicking on the red button:
  • On the right side is the Details area: it displays the attribute values of the currently selected entity as well as related data, if any. You can browse between the entities of the dataclass by clicking the First / Previous / Next / Last links at the bottom of the area.

    • All attribute types are displayed, including pictures, objects (expressed in json) as well as calculated and alias attributes.
    • Related data (many-to-one and one-to-many relations) can be displayed through expandable/collapsable areas:
    • Ctrl+Click (Windows) or Command+Click (macOS) on a related attribute name in the right side area displays the values of the attribute in an independant, floating area:

You can switch to the dark mode display theme using the selector at the bottom of the page:



Updating contents

When the model or data is modified on the database side (dataclass added, entity edited or deleted, etc.), you just need to refresh the Data Explorer page in the browser (using the F5 key, for example).

Ordering entities

You can reorder the displayed entity list according to attribute values. All types of attributes can be used for a sort, except picture and object.

  • Click on a column header to order entities according to the corresponding attribute values. By default, the sort is ascending. Click twice for a descending sort. A column used to sort entities is displayed with a small icon and its name is in italics.

  • You can sort attributes on several levels. For example, you can sort employees by city and then by salary. To do that, hold down the Shift key and click sequentially on each column header to include in the sort order.

Query on attributes

In this mode, you can filter entities by entering values to find (or to exclude) in the areas above the attribute list. You can filter on one or several attributes. The entity list is automatically updated when you type in.

filter entities

If you enter several attributes, a AND is automatically applied. For example, the following filter displays entities with firstname attribute starting with "flo" AND salary attribute value > 50000:

filter entities with AND

The X button allows you to remove entered attributes and thus stop filtering.

Different operators and query options are available, depending on the data type of the attribute.


You cannot filter on picture or object attributes.

Numeric operators

With numeric, date, and time attributes, the "=" operator is selected by default. However, you can select another operator from the operator list (click on the "=" icon to display the list):

numeric operators


With date attributes, you can enter the date to use through a datepicker widget (click on the date area to display the calendar):

date operators


When you click on a boolean attribute area, you can filter on true/false values but also on null/not null values:

boolean operators

  • null indicates that the attribute value was not defined
  • not null indicates that the attribute value is defined (thus true or false).


Text filters are not diacritic (a = A).

The filter is of the "starts with" type. For example, entering "Jim" will show "Jim" and "Jimmy" values.

You can also use the wildcard character (@) to replace one or more starting characters. For example:

A filter withFinds
BelAll values beginning with “Bel”
@doAll values containing “do”
Bel@doAll values starting with “Bel” and containing “do”

If you want to create more specific queries, such as "is exactly", you may need to use the advanced queries feature.

Advanced queries with expression

When you select this option, a query area is displayed above the entity list, allowing you to enter any expression to use to filter the contents:

expression query

You can enter advanced queries that are not available as attribute queries. For example, if you want to find entities with firstname attribute containing "Jim" but not "Jimmy", you can write:


You can use any query expression as documented with the query() function, with the following limitations or differences:

  • For security, you cannot execute formulas using eval().
  • Placeholders cannot be used; you have to write a queryString with values.
  • String values containing space characters must be embedded in double quotes ("").

For example, with the Employee dataclass, you can write:

firstname = "Marie Sophie" AND manager.lastname = "@th"

You can click on the v icon to display both queryPlan and queryPath. In the area, you can hover over the subquery blocks to have detailed information per subquery:


Right-click in the query area to display the previous valid queries: