# Compose SDK Quickstart Guide

Follow this guide to get started developing applications with Compose SDK.

# Prerequisites

Compose SDK contains a set of React components needed to interface with your Sisense instance. The following prerequisites are needed in order to use the SDK:

  1. Familiarity with front-end web development, including Node.js, JavaScript/TypeScript, and React.
  2. Node.js version 16 or higher.
  3. React version 16.14.0, 17, or 18.
  4. A Node package manager such as npm or Yarn.
  5. Access to a Sisense instance with a queryable data source (for example, Sample ECommerce).
  6. React application with TypeScript. You can use your existing application, or if you do not have one, you can follow the Vite tutorial to create one.

# Quickstart Application Setup

For this quickstart guide we will use the Vite project.

If you want to use your own application, skip to Installing the SDK packages.


When creating your Vite project, select the React framework and TypeScript.

Follow the instructions on the Scaffolding Your First Vite Project page.

Navigate to your project and install the dependencies.

For npm:

npm install

For Yarn:

yarn install

To run the Vite application, use:

For npm:

npm run dev

For Yarn,

yarn run dev

# Installing the SDK Packages

Compose SDK contains three packages for public use:

  • @sisense/sdk-ui: React components for rendering charts and executing queries against a Sisense instance.
  • @sisense/sdk-data: Implementations of dimensional modeling elements including dimensions, attributes, measures, and filters.
  • @sisense/sdk-cli: A command-line tool for generating TypeScript representation of a Sisense data model.

The Compose SDK packages are deployed via GitHub Packages. To install the packages:

  1. Add the Namespace to your Project using the following command:

    For npm:

    npm config set "@sisense:registry" "https://npm.pkg.github.com" --userconfig .npmrc

    For Yarn 2+:

    yarn config set "npmScopes.sisense.npmRegistryServer" "https://npm.pkg.github.com"
  2. Add the GitHub package authentication. Create a personal access token with the read:packages permission. Then, configure your package manager to authenticate with GitHub packages using the token you created. Replace YOUR_TOKEN with your access token.

    For npm:

    npm config set "always-auth" true --userconfig .npmrc
    npm config set "//npm.pkg.github.com/:_authToken" "__YOUR_TOKEN__" --userconfig .npmrc

    For Yarn 2+

    yarn config set "npmScopes.sisense.npmAlwaysAuth" true
    yarn config set "npmScopes.sisense.npmAuthIdent" "__YOUR_GITHUB_USERNAME__:__YOUR_TOKEN__"

    For more information, see GitHub Packages documentation.

  3. Install the packages into your application using the following commands:

    For npm:

    npm i @sisense/sdk-ui @sisense/sdk-data
    npm i @sisense/sdk-cli --save-dev

    For yarn:

    yarn add @sisense/sdk-ui @sisense/sdk-data
    yarn add @sisense/sdk-cli --dev

# Sisense Instance Authentication

You need to authenticate the application with your Sisense instance. You will need a Web Access Token (WAT), a REST API token, or enable Single Sign On (SSO).


To use WAT, see Using Web Access Tokens.


Make sure to issue an Opaque Token (By Reference).

# API Token

To get an API token, use the get-api-token command:

npx @sisense/sdk-cli get-api-token --url <your_instance_url> --username "<username>"

For more details, see Using the Sisense API.


To use SSO, see Using SSO to Access Sisense.

# Modify CORS Settings

Add your application domain name to your Sisense instance CORS Allowed Origins configuration. To set up CORS using the REST API, see Cross Origin Resource Sharing.

# Adding Sisense to Your Application

This section describes how to add Compose SDK to your application to render charts from data in your Sisense instance.

# Generating a Data Model Representation

To visualize data in your application using Compose SDK, first make sure you have a data model in your Sisense instance. Then, create a TypeScript representation of it in your project. This is done using the CLI command which automatically generates it, or you can create it manually using the same syntax.

Once you have a TypeScript representation of your data model, you define measures, dimensions and filters and easily create sophisticated queries. There is no need to specify complex JOINS relationships or GROUP BYS that you do when using SQL and other query languages because the Sisense semantic query engine will do that for you.

Run the following command to create a sample-ecommerce.ts file in directory src/ of the application. The file contains a TypeScript representation of the Sample ECommerce data model.

npx sdk-cli get-data-model --username "<username>" --output src/sample-ecommerce.ts --dataSource "Sample ECommerce" --url <your_instance_url>

Enter your password to complete the command and generate the data model representation.

Note: You can use other authentication methods such as WAT (--wat "<your_token>"), or API token (--token "<your_API_token>") when generating the data model representation.

The resulting file, which is created in the src/ directory, should look something like below:

import {
} from '@sisense/sdk-data';

export const DataSource = 'Sample ECommerce';

interface BrandDimension extends Dimension {
  Brand: Attribute;
  BrandID: Attribute;
export const Brand = createDimension({
  name: 'Brand',
  Brand: createAttribute({
    name: 'Brand',
    type: 'text-attribute',
    expression: '[Brand.Brand]',
  BrandID: createAttribute({
    name: 'BrandID',
    type: 'numeric-attribute',
    expression: '[Brand.Brand ID]',
}) as BrandDimension;

This works for any of your own data models. Replace "Sample ECommerce" with your own data model from your instance.

Feel free to move the data model files to any directory as long as the application has access to it.

# Embedding a Chart in your Application

In this section, you will modify the main app component to embed a chart visualizing data from the Sample ECommerce data source.

Use the two components,SisenseContextProvider and Chart, from @sisense/sdk-ui along with the measures and filters utilities from @sisense/sdk-data.

Note: The following assumptions are made about your application:

  • The src/App.tsx file is the main React component.
  • The sample-ecommerce.ts file generated earlier resides in src/.
  • The URL to your application (for example, http://localhost:5173), is already added as an entry to CORS Allowed Origins section on your Sisense instance. If not, you can do so on your Sisense instance by going to Admin, then Security Settings.

# Connecting to a Sisense Instance

The SisenseContextProvider component contains all relevant information about the Sisense instance and ensures it is available to all nested Compose SDK components. In other words, this is a wrapper for your application so that all the components are able to access the data. The authentication method used to access your Sisense instance is also defined in this component.

The following examples shows how to add SisenseContextProvider to src/App.tsx. Make sure that all the other SDK components you want to use are nested inside the SisenseContextProvider component.

// src/App.tsx

import { SisenseContextProvider } from '@sisense/sdk-ui';

function App() {
  return (
        url="<instance url>" // replace with the URL of your Sisense instance
        token="<api token>" // replace with the API token of your user account
export default App;

Note: The above example uses the API token (also called bearer authentication) to connect to a Sisense instance. To generate an API token for your Sisense user account, see Using the Sisense API (https://sisense.dev/guides/restApi/using-rest-api.html). The SisenseContextProvider also supports other authentication mechanisms including WAT, SSO, and username/password.

To render a chart in your application that queries your data model, use the Chart component, the measures and filters utilities, and your previously generated data model file.

Use the dataOptions property (ChartProps interface) to assign table columns or attributes from your data model to the categories and values of a chart. This is similar to the Data panel in the Sisense Widget Editor, where you can drag and drop columns to the Categories, Values, and Break By fields. For example, if you wanted to render a line chart with Age Range on the X-axis and a sum aggregation of Revenue on the Y-axis, your dataOptions object would look like:

// chartType={'line'}
  category: [DM.Commerce.AgeRange],
  value: [measures.sum(DM.Commerce.Revenue)],
  breakBy: [],

Note Use measures.sum() from the example above to specify the sum type aggregation on the Revenue category. This measures utility is exported from the @sisense/sdk-data library and supports other aggregation types. See the measures documentation for more information.

The following is a complete example of a rendered chart in an application.

// src/App.tsx

import { Chart, SisenseContextProvider } from '@sisense/sdk-ui';
import * as DM from './sample-ecommerce';
import { measures } from '@sisense/sdk-data';

function App() {
  return (
        url="<instance url>" // replace with the URL of your Sisense instance
        token="<api token>" // replace with the API token of your user account
            category: [DM.Commerce.AgeRange],
            value: [measures.sum(DM.Commerce.Revenue)],
            breakBy: [],
            legend: {
              enabled: true,
              position: 'bottom',
          onDataPointClick={(point, nativeEvent) => {
            console.log('clicked', point, nativeEvent);

export default App;

Your chart should look like this:

Line chart rendered by the Chart component

See the SisenseContextProvider and Chart docs for more details on supported props.

# Next Steps

The sample application in this quickstart guide is designed to give you a basis for what you can do with Compose SDK. Build on the code sample by using other components from Compose SDK to add Sisense analytical experiences to your applications.