Integrate CN and Cloud into an Existing Application

This document outlines the important steps you need to undertake if you need to integrate GoodData.UI into an existing React application or for some reason you cannot use @gooddata/apptoolkit to bootstrap a new application.

Step 1. Install the necessary dependencies

GoodData.UI can target multiple platforms. Therefore, it is essential to install packages for the right target platform. For GoodData Cloud and GoodData.CN, you need to install packages codenamed tiger:

yarn add @gooddata/api-client-tiger @gooddata/sdk-backend-tiger

On top of this, you can pick and choose packages depending on which GoodData.UI components you plan to use. For more information, see the table included in the architecture overview.

  • If you plan to use only headless React components and essential infrastructure, install:

    yarn add @gooddata/sdk-ui
  • If you plan to use all available GoodData.UI visualizations, install:

    yarn add @gooddata/sdk-ui-charts @gooddata/sdk-ui-pivot @gooddata/sdk-ui-geo @gooddata/sdk-ui-ext
  • If you plan to use all components of GoodData.UI, install:

    yarn add @gooddata/sdk-ui-all

We also highly recommend that you use the catalog-export tool to generate a file with code representation of all available measures and attributes in your GoodData Cloud or GoodData.CN workspace. You can then use this generated code to specify what data to render in the visual components. To add @gooddata/catalog-export as a dev dependency, execute the following command:

yarn add --dev @gooddata/catalog-export

Step 2. Include styles

GoodData.UI uses CSS to style the components. Each package whose name is prefixed with sdk-ui contains CSS files that you need to include or import in your application. The following list shows all the possible imports you may need:

import "@gooddata/sdk-ui-filters/styles/css/main.css";
import "@gooddata/sdk-ui-charts/styles/css/main.css";
import "@gooddata/sdk-ui-geo/styles/css/main.css";
import "@gooddata/sdk-ui-pivot/styles/css/main.css";
import "@gooddata/sdk-ui-kit/styles/css/main.css";
import "@gooddata/sdk-ui-ext/styles/css/main.css";

Make sure to import the styles only from the packages that you actually use.

NOTE: @gooddata/sdk-ui-kit is a library of elementary components (buttons, dropdowns, overlays) required by different GoodData.UI components. The best practice is to import all their CSS files and eventually remove those that make the application build fail.

Step 3. Set up Analytical Backend and integrate it into your application

All integration and communication of GoodData.UI React components and the GoodData platform happens via the Analytical Backend abstraction. Your application should initialize an instance of the Analytical Backend as soon as possible as follows:

import tigerFactory, { ContextDeferredAuthProvider, redirectToTigerAuthentication } from "@gooddata/sdk-backend-tiger";

const backend = tigerFactory().withAuthentication(new ContextDeferredAuthProvider(redirectToTigerAuthentication));

// or if your application will be hosted on a different host than the GoodData Cloud or GoodData.CN backend
const backend = tigerFactory()
    .onHostname("") // this should be the domain where the GoodData Cloud or GoodData.CN is hosted
    .withAuthentication(new ContextDeferredAuthProvider(redirectToTigerAuthentication));

Depending on the type and style used in your application, you can either store an instance of backend in a read-only global variable or use React contexts.

This is how you can set contexts that hold both an instance of the Analytical Backend and the identifier of the GoodData platform workspace that you are targeting:

import { BackendProvider, WorkspaceProvider } from "@gooddata/sdk-ui";

function App() {
    return (
        <BackendProvider backend={backend}>
            <WorkspaceProvider workspace="<your-workspace-identifier>">

NOTE: If you are building a React application, the contexts are the best way to go. All GoodData.UI components are context-aware and will retrieve both backend and workspace to use.

Step 4. Solve Cross-Origin Resource Sharing

The interaction with third-party APIs and services from the browser is protected by the Cross-Origin Resource Sharing mechanism (CORS). Correct CORS setup is mainly a server-side concern.

GoodData Cloud

To configure the CORS settings, use the UI on your GoodData Cloud instance. For example, if your GoodData Cloud instance is on, the UI for CORS configuration is on You can also reach this page from the home page of your GoodData Cloud instance.


The GoodData.CN All-in-One image is already configured to allow cross-origin requests coming from a GoodData.UI application running on https://localhost:8443.

Step 5. Configure authentication

You may have noticed that the code snippet in Step 3 set up authentication to use ContextDeferredAuthProvider. This effectively tells the Analytical Backend that your application takes care of handling setup of the authenticated session to GoodData Cloud or GoodData.CN.

In this particular example, when the session is not authenticated, your application uses the built-in redirectToTigerAuthentication function to redirect the browser window to a location where the GoodData Cloud or GoodData.CN authentication flow starts.

Once redirected to this location, the GoodData Cloud or GoodData.CN server starts the OpenID Connect (OIDC) authentication flow according to its configuration. Once the flow finishes, the server replies with a redirect response that will take the browser back to your application window.

The configuration listed in Step 3 is the recommended configuration for the production deployment where the application is served either from the same origin as GoodData Cloud or GoodData.CN or from a different origin with correct CORS and authentication cookies configuration.

Next steps

At this point, your application should be set to use GoodData.UI and render visualizations from the GoodData platform. If you also configured and run the catalog-export tool, you can now start embedding visualizations into your application:

import { LineChart } from "@gooddata/sdk-ui-charts";
import { YourFact, YourMeasure, YourAttribute} from "./generatedMd";

function MyVisualization() {
    const measures = [YourFact.Sum, YourMeasure];
    const attributes = [ YourAttribute.DisplayFormName ];

    return (

NOTE: The imports from generatedMd are for illustration purposes. You can name the file with the generated LDM as you see fit and store it in any location. The names of constants in the generated file will reflect the facts, measures, and attributes in your workspace.

Here are some suggestions about what you can do after you created your first visualization: