Using Custom Visual Content in Amazon QuickSight - Amazon QuickSight

Using Custom Visual Content in Amazon QuickSight

You can embed webpages and online videos, forms, and images in your Amazon QuickSight dashboards using the custom visual content chart type.

For example, you can embed the image of your company logo in your dashboards. You can also embed an online video from your organization's latest conference, or embed an online form asking readers of the dashboard if the dashboard is helpful.

After you create custom visual content, you can use navigation actions to navigate within them. You can also use parameters to control what appears in them.

The following limitations apply to custom visual content:

  • Only https URL schemes are supported.

  • Custom visual content isn't supported in email reports.

To embed a webpage, video, online form, or image in your dashboard, choose the custom visual content icon in the Visual types pane, as shown in the following image.


					This is an image of the custom visual content icon.

For more information about adding visuals to a dashboard, see Creating a Visual.

Use the following procedures to learn how to embed custom visuals in your dashboards.

Best Practices for Using Custom Visual Content

When embedding web content using the custom visual content chart type, the following is recommended:

  • Choose web content from sources that support viewing or opening the content in an IFrame. If the source of the web content doesn't support being viewed or opened in an IFrame, the content doesn't appear in QuickSight, even if the URL is accurate.

  • When possible, use embeddable URLs, especially for videos, online forms, spreadsheets, and documents. Embeddable URLs create a better experience for readers of your dashboard and make interacting with the content easier. You can usually find the embeddable URL for content when you choose to "share" the content from the source website.

  • To embed internal URLs or URLs that you own, you might need to set them to be opened in an IFrame.

Embedding Images in a Dashboard

You can embed an online image in a dashboard using the image URL. Use the following procedure to embed an image using the custom visual content chart type.

Embedded images don't appear in a browser that has third-party cookies blocked. To see embedded images in a dashboard, enable third-party cookies in your browser settings.

To embed an image in a dashboard

  1. In the Visual types pane, choose the custom visual content icon.

  2. In the visual, choose Customize visual.

  3. In the Format visual pane that opens, under Custom content, enter the image URL for the image that you want to embed.

  4. Choose Apply.

    The image appears as a webpage in the visual.

  5. Choose Show as image.

    If the URL is an image, the image appears in the visual.

    
								This is an image of a dashboard with an embedded image.

    If the URL is not an image, such as a URL to a slide show, gallery, or webpage, the following message appears: This URL doesn't appear to be an image. Update the URL to an image. To do so, open the image that you want to embed in a separate browser tab, or choose an embeddable URL for the image (usually found when you choose to "share" the image).

  6. (Optional) For Image sizing options, choose one of the following options:

    • Fit to width – This option fits the image to the width of the visual.

    • Fit to height – This option fits the image to the height of the visual.

    • Scale to visual – This option scales the image to the width and height of the visual. This option might contort the image.

    • Do not scale – This option keeps the image at its original scale and doesn't fit the image to the dimensions of the visual. With this option, the image is centered in the visual and the parts of the image that are within the width and height of the visual appear. Some parts of the image might not appear if the visual is smaller than the image. If the visual is larger than the image, however, the image is centered in the visual and is surrounded by white space.

Embedding Online Forms in a Dashboard

You can embed an online form in a dashboard using the embeddable URL. Use the following procedure to embed an online form using the custom visual content chart type.

To embed an online form in a dashboard

  1. In the Visual types pane, choose the custom visual content icon.

  2. In the visual, choose Customize visual.

  3. In the Format visual pane that opens, under Custom content, enter the form URL for the online form that you want to embed.

    If possible, use an embeddable URL for the form. Using an embeddable URL creates a better experience for readers of your dashboard who might want to interact with the form. You can often find the embeddable URL when you choose to "share" the form on the site where you create it.

  4. Choose Apply.

    The form appears in the visual.

    
								This is an image of a dashboard with an embedded online form.

Embedding Webpages in a Dashboard

You can embed webpage in a dashboard using the URL. Use the following procedure to embed webpage using the custom visual content chart type.

To embed a webpage in a dashboard

  1. In the Visual types pane, choose the custom visual content icon.

  2. In the visual, choose Customize visual.

  3. In the Format visual pane that opens, under Custom content, enter the URL for the webpage that you want to embed.

  4. Choose Apply.

    The webpage appears in the visual.

Embedding Online Videos in a Dashboard

You can embed an online video in a dashboard using the embeddable video URL. Use the following procedure to embed an online video using the custom visual content chart type.

To embed an online video in a dashboard

  1. In the Visual types pane, choose the custom visual content icon.

  2. In the visual, choose Customize visual.

  3. In the Format visual pane that opens, under Custom content, enter the embeddable URL for the video that you want to embed.

    To find the embeddable URL for a video, "share" the video and copy the embed URL from IFrame code. The following is an example of an embed URL for a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/uniqueid. For a Vimeo video, the following is an example of an embed URL: https://player.vimeo.com/video/uniqueid.

  4. Choose Apply.

    The video appears in the visual.

    
								This is an image of a dashboard with an embedded YouTube video.