Amazon QuickSight
User Guide

Parameters in Amazon QuickSight

Parameters are named variables that can transfer a value for use by an action or an object. They let you create an easier way for a dashboard user to interact with dashboard features in a less technical way. Parameters can also connect one dashboard to another, allowing a dashboard user to drill down into data that's in a different analysis.

For example, a dashboard user can use a list to choose a value. That value sets a parameter that in turn sets a filter, calculation, or URL action to the chosen value. Then the visuals in the dashboard react to the user's choices.

To make the parameters accessible to the dashboard viewer, you add a parameter control. You can set up cascading controls, so that a selection in one control filters the options that display in another control. A control can appear as a list of options, a slider, or a text entry area. If you don't create a control, you can still pass a value to your parameter in the dashboard URL.

For parameters to work, whether or not they have a related control, they need to be connected to something in your analysis. You can reference them in the following:

  • Calculated fields (except for multivalue parameters)

  • Filters

  • Dashboard and analysis URLs

  • URL actions

Some ways that you can use parameters are the following:

  • Using a calculation, you can transform data that is shown in an analysis.

  • If you add a control with a filter to an analysis you are publishing, the dashboard users can filter the data without creating their own filters.

  • Using controls and URL actions, you can let dashboard users set values for the URL actions.