Analytic Apps

Last modified: July 31, 2020

Use the analytic app to enable you to execute a workflow of your own data and parameter, without having to build the workflow. Save an app as a .yxwz file to be run in Designer or uploaded, and run in the Public Alteryx Analytics Gallery or a Private Gallery.

Build an App

An app consists of a workflow with a user interface created using Interface Tools. Build a workflow, add Interface Tools, and design the interface in the Interface Designer. When you create an app, you are creating the workflow and the interface the app user will use. See Interface Tools and Interface Designer Window.

You can create an app from a new or existing workflow. With a new or existing workflow open, select the canvas to view the Workflow Configuration window. Select Workflow, and select Analytic App.

When a workflow is saved as an app or macro, the anchors of tools in the workflow change to lightning-bolt icons. Only Interface Tools can connect to these anchors. This anchor indicates that there are interface elements and actions updating a workflow tool.

Run an App

To run an app, open it in Designer or select the app icon on your desktop. Each app has a series of questions spread across tabs. The app user must complete the questions and follow prompts to run the app.

These navigation tools are available to the app user:

  • The Clear icon clears all user-entered values and returns to default design settings.
  • The Open icon imports saved app values in a .yxwv extension.
  • The Save icon saves the app user's selections as an app-values .yxwv file to use for future runs of the same app.
  • The Run Workflow icon runs the app.

Alternatively, run the workflow by command line. See Run Workflows by Command Line.

Sample Apps

Apps are included in Alteryx Designer to help you learn to use and create apps. To access apps via Designer, go to Help > Tutorials > Intro to Applications & Help > Learn one tool at a time > Interface.

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