Integrate Platform into an Existing Application

This arcticle is for GoodData Platform only.

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 the GoodData platform, you need to install packages codenamed bear:

yarn add @gooddata/api-client-bear @gooddata/sdk-backend-bear @gooddata/sdk-model

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

import bearFactory, { ContextDeferredAuthProvider } from "@gooddata/sdk-backend-bear";

const backend = bearFactory().withAuthentication(new ContextDeferredAuthProvider());

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

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.

The GoodData platform provides APIs to configure CORS for your account. Configuring CORS on your domain is the only feasible approach for production deployment. You must use it even during development if your application will be using Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication flows.

If you plan to use username and password authentication during development on your localhost, you avoid the server-side CORS setup by using a development proxy.

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 the GoodData platform.

The implementation of the backend assumes that someone else does the authentication and as part of that sets the GoodData cookies with the essential tokens. If the session is not set up, the Analytical Backend raises the NotAuthenticated errors.

Your application can use the functions in @gooddata/api-client-bear to trigger the APIs to achieve either username and password authentication or start an SSO authentication flow when needed.

This is how you can trigger the username and password login process using @gooddata/api-client-bear:

import { factory } from "@gooddata/api-client-bear";

const bearClient = factory();
// or if your application will be hosted on a different host than the GoodData platform backend
const bearClient = factory({ domain: "" }); // this should be the domain where the GoodData platform is hosted

await bearClient.user.login(this.username, this.password)

For SSO setup, see Set Up Authentication and Single Sign-On.

NOTE: ContextDeferredAuthProvider allows you to provide a callback function in the constructor. This function will be called every time when the Analytical Backend throws a NotAuthenticated error. This callback function is useful to implement a mechanism for handling a “single point of failure” of the NotAuthenticated error and triggering the authentication flow in your application.

Step 6. Update package.json

This step is currently optional and you need it only in case that you are going to use GoodData.UI geo charts.

Update browserslist property in package.json with the following configuration:

"browserslist": {
    "production": [
        "not dead",
        "not ie 11",
        "not chrome < 51",
        "not safari < 10",
        "not android < 51"
    "development": [
        "last 1 chrome version",
        "last 1 firefox version",
        "last 1 safari version"

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: