Javascript to Refresh All OBIEE Dashboard Analysis

Javascript to Refresh All OBIEE Dashboard Analysis

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oracle-biOBIEE isn’t designed for (near) real time reporting, and as such doesn’t have an out of the box page refresh option.

There are times when I’ve needed a dashboard to be refreshed – when looking at query performance dashboards, for example, and would like the charts and tables to be constantly updated.

After searching on-line I found a few different ways to to refresh a dashboard but they all refreshed the whole page, rather than just the Analysis themselves. It’s not the end of the world, but it results in the whole page flickering as the Browser reloads it. It’s most annoying when you’re half way through the ‘Dashboards’ menu, about to click the navigate away and BAM! The page refreshes and you loose your position on the menu.

The following script is a combination of HTML, CSS and JavaScript code to loop through each Analysis on a single Dashboard page and issue the OBIEE Refresh command. A small box towards the bottom left hdashboard-refreshand side of the page that overlays the Dashboard with some controls and stats for the page refresh. It will show when the page was last refreshed, a countdown in seconds to the next refresh and a button to start and stop the automatic refresh.

chrome_256x256 Works in Chrome 44 internet-explorer_256x256 and Internet Explorer 8 and 10

There are 3 variables that are user changeable:

  • vRefreshDuration controls how many seconds between refreshes. Make sure this is higher than how long each query takes, otherwise an Answer will be asked to refresh before it’s finished refreshing!
  • vMessageLastRefreshed is the message displayed before the date and time of the last refresh.
  • vMessageNextRefresh is the message displayed before the countdown in seconds to the next refresh.

Feel free to change the below code, but please keep the header information. If you make any improvements, please let me know!

To add the Refresh code to a Dashboard, create a Text Dashboard drag-text-dashboard-objectObject and drag it onto any Dashboard that you’d like to automatically refresh. Then paste the below code into the Text box and check the ‘Contains HTML Markup’ checkbox. Click save and view your Dashboard!

        Title:      OBIEE in page refresh
	Author:     James Coyle (
	Date:       2015-08-10
	Description:Self contained code to loop through each analysis on a 
                    Dashboard page and issue a Refresh command. This will 
                    refresh each analysis, going back to the data source, 
                    without refreshing the whole page. 
	Version:    2015-08-10                  First revision. 
<style type="text/css">
.toggle {
    margin: 4px;
    background-color: #EFEFEF;
    border-radius: 4px;
    border:1px solid #D0D0D0;
    overflow: auto;
    float: left;
.toggle label {
    float: left;
    width: 32px;
.toggle label span {
    text-align: center;
    padding: 3px 0px;
    display: block;
    cursor: pointer;
.toggle label input {
    position: absolute;
    top: -20px;
.toggle .input-not-checked:hover{
    background-color: #AAAAAA;
.toggle .input-checked{
    background-color: #404040;
    color: #F7F7F7;
	cursor: default;
	float: left;
	padding: 6px 12px 6px 12px;
	font-size: 16px;
	width: 90px;
	margin-left: auto;
	margin-right: auto;
	padding: 6px 0px 6px 12px;
	float: left;
	font-size: 12px;
	line-height: 17px;
	border-left: 1px solid grey;
	border: 1px solid grey;
	width: 290px;
	overflow: hidden;
	border-radius: 8px;
	position: fixed;
	left: 20px;
	bottom: 22px;
	margin: auto; 
	background: rgb(255, 255, 255);
    background: rgba(255, 255, 255, .7);

<div id="floating-refresh-wrapper">
	<div id="left-refresh-wrapper">
		<div id="refresh-heading-wrapper">
			Refresh Status
		<div id="refresh-button-wrapper">
			<div class="toggle">
				<label id="refresh-on" onclick="event.preventDefault(); toggleButton(this);"><input type="radio" name="toggle"><span class="input-checked">On</span></label>    
			<div class="toggle">
				<label id="refresh-off" onclick="event.preventDefault(); toggleButton(this);"><input type="radio" name="toggle"><span class="input-not-checked">Off</span></label>
	<div id="refresh-text-wrapper">
		<div id="last-refresh">Please wait...</div>
		<div id="next-refresh">Please wait...</div>
	<div style="clear: both;"></div> 
<script type="text/javascript">
	// Get report IDs into an array
	function initRefresh(){
		if (typeof vReportIds !== 'undefined'){
			for (key in vReportIds){
				if (key != 'undefined' && key != null){
			vObjectIds = [];

	// Start timer if refreshTimerObject is null
	function startRefreshTimer(){
		if (refreshTimerObject === null || typeof refreshTimerObject === 'undefined'){
			refreshTimerObject = setInterval(function () {timerTick()}, 1000);
			vCountdown = vRefreshDuration;
	// Stop timer if refreshTimerObject is not null
	function stopRefreshTimer(){
		if (refreshTimerObject !== null && typeof refreshTimerObject !== 'undefined'){
			refreshTimerObject = null;

	// Loop known report IDs and send them to the OBIEE refresh function
	function timerTick(){
		if (vCountdown === 1){
			vCountdown = vRefreshDuration;
			vCountdown = vCountdown - 1;
	// Update display countdown
	function refreshReports(){
		for (key in vObjectIds){
			HereLink(vObjectIds[key], 'Refresh');
	// Update last refresh time on Dashboard
	function updateLastRefreshed(){
		document.getElementById("last-refresh").innerHTML = vMessageLastRefreshed + formatDate(new Date());
	function formatDate(dt) {
		var dd = dt.getDate();
		var m = dt.getMonth() + 1;
		var yyyy = dt.getFullYear();
		var hh = dt.getHours();
		var mm = dt.getMinutes();
		var ss = dt.getSeconds();
		return padZero(dd, 2) + '-' + padZero(m, 2) + '-' + yyyy + ' ' + padZero(hh, 2) + ':' + padZero(mm, 2) + ':' + padZero(ss, 2) ;
	function padZero(v, l){
		var r = v;
		if (v.toString().length < l){
			for(a = v.toString().length; a < l; a++){
				r = '0' + v;
		return r;
	// Update last refresh time on Dashboard
	function updateNextRefresh(i){
		document.getElementById("next-refresh").innerHTML = vMessageNextRefresh + i;
	// toggle button and change timer status
	function toggleButton(o){
		if (o.childNodes[1].innerHTML !== vLastSpanClick){
			vLastSpanClick = o.childNodes[1].innerHTML;
			var spans = document.getElementById('refresh-button-wrapper').getElementsByTagName('span');
			for (el in spans){
				spans[el].className = 'input-not-checked';
			o.childNodes[1].className = 'input-checked';
			if (o.childNodes[1].innerHTML === 'Off'){
	var vRefreshDuration = 5;
	var vMessageLastRefreshed = '<strong>Last refreshed :</strong> <br />';
	var vMessageNextRefresh =  '<strong>Next refresh : </strong>';
	var vObjectIds = [];
	var refreshTimerObject = null;
	var vCountdown = 0;
	var vLastSpanClick = 'On';
	updateLastRefreshed((new Date).toLocaleString());






Wes L

29-Mar-2016 at 10:13 pm

James – thanks for this awesome idea. However, have you experienced any issues with the system counting down but not refreshing the data?


    30-Mar-2016 at 6:44 am

    Hi Wes, it’s always worked for me. Which version of OBIEE, and which browser are you using? If you Inspect the page, does the Console show any errors?

Chris A

10-Jun-2016 at 2:51 pm

This is great. Seems to be working for me.
Wes L. — maybe your reports are refreshing but they are showing cached results? Have you tried bypassing the cache for each analysis on the dashboard to see if that helps? If not do this for each analysis:

1)Go to Advanced tab of Report
2)Go to Advance SQL section
3)Check the ‘Bypass Oracle BI Presentation Services Cache’ check box
4)Go to Prefix Section
5)Write the below command:
-make sure before saving click Apply SQL Query Button in the bottom
6)Save the report

And then see if James’s code works for you.


17-Jan-2017 at 2:39 pm

Great idea, Thanks it’s worked for me

Eduard R.

16-Feb-2017 at 8:58 am

Hi all!
It seems this is gouig to be usefull for our real-time visualization dashboards.
It is true that obiee is not well prepared to do that, but being creative that platform lets you to improve and achieve your goals.

Thanks James, very useful post


22-Jun-2017 at 11:34 am

This is very useful, but I have a problem, the first time I load the page works fine but the next times it accelerates and refreshes every 1 or 2 seconds, even if you put 30 seconds.


sorry for my english.

    James Coyle

    22-Jun-2017 at 11:40 am

    Hi Dami,

    It’s working well for me – can you debug to see if any JS errors are produced?


      22-Jun-2017 at 11:52 am

      Hi, thanks for your support, yes there are a JS error.

      TypeError: document.getElementById(…) is null

      I’m using Firefox 54

Ben Stone

29-Jun-2017 at 4:15 pm

Some of our Authors have added this code to their team’s dashboards and it is working to refresh the dashboards but it is not closing the “old” sessions so we’re getting too many sessions left open. Eventually this is causing errors. Any ideas on how to tweak this to ensure old session is closed on refresh?


23-Jul-2017 at 6:52 pm

James ,
Does this code works for obiee version ?
I see it is not more refreshing the page / reports because internally there is no query processing in the lof after refresh timeout . Admin log should show new query with Bypass NQS Query Cache and Disable Caceh (in Advanced XML) section .

    James Coyle

    24-Jul-2017 at 8:11 am

    Yes, works fine on but not on 12.


23-Jul-2017 at 7:14 pm

Also I am using Chrome … I am seeing in OBIEE 12c its working but refreshing only conditional reports and prompts … Not sure why it is not picking up dashboard reports which placed under same section this code in Dashboard layout ? Any special placing of this code around dashboard layout ?

this is excellent code but if that works in all browser version plus obiee that would be excellent.
Appreciate your help.



6-Jun-2019 at 9:47 am

Great! worked for me, thanks much!!!

Pushkaraj Badbade

29-Aug-2019 at 12:58 pm

Hi James,
This is a great functionality. However, when i tried using it on dashboard and kept the report as hyperlink then, this refresh is not working properly.

I am using OBIEE 12C application.

Your inputs will be helpful.

Max Prestes

4-Nov-2020 at 1:43 pm

Hi James,

I wanna thank you for showing us this code. It didn’t work for me initially, I had to replace this

HereLink(vObjectIds[key], ‘Refresh’);

for this:
var relElement = document.getElementById(“Embed”+vObjectIds[key]);
var vFrames = relElement.getElementsByTagName(‘iFrame’);

But it’s working great now.

Thank you very much.


2-Dec-2020 at 10:59 am

Contains HTML Markup’ checkbox does not exists on 12C


30-Mar-2022 at 6:39 pm

Someone could say what parameter i need set to show owner in physical query in obiee session?

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