With a custom calendar, you can choose when the year, quarter, or week starts, and search using date-related keywords.

You can create custom calendars for different purposes within your company, including:

  • Retail calendars, like 4-4-5, 4-5-4, or 5-4-4
  • Fiscal calendars, where the year or quarter starts on a different date each year
  • Pharmaceutical calendars, where the week runs from Friday through Thursday
  • Calendars in different languages

Options

In a custom calendar, you can set the following:

  • The starting date of a year
  • The starting dates of quarters
  • The starting day of the month
  • The starting day of the week
  • The words used for the days of the week, months and quarters

Search features

You can use your custom calendar to search the following ways:

  • Using date keywords, like this quarter and q3
  • Using date formulas with the fiscal option specified See fiscal and gregorian calendars
  • Overriding the calendar used in the search bar by typing your custom calendar’s name

Limitations

  • Maximum scope of the date dimension is 90 years
  • Maximum length of a calendar year is 12 months

Setting up a custom calendar

To set up a custom calendar for your cluster, you must do the following:

  1. Enable the custom calendar feature.
  2. Generate a calendar template.
  3. Edit the calendar template.
  4. Add the custom calendar to your cluster.

Enable the custom calendar feature

To enable the custom calendar feature for your cluster, contact ThoughtSpot Support.

Generate a calendar template

Using a calendar template as your starting point ensures that you use a format that is compatible with ThoughtSpot.

To generate a calendar template, do the following:

  1. SSH as admin into your ThoughtSpot cluster: ssh admin@<cluster-ip-address or hostname>.

  2. Run the tscli calendar generate command using the following syntax:

    tscli calendar generate --name <calendar_name> --start_date <MM/DD/YYYY> --end_date <MM/DD/YYYY> --username tsadmin

    Example: tscli calendar generate --name my_calendar --start_date 07/01/2019 --end_date 06/30/2020 --username tsadmin

    This generates a calendar template file in .csv format. In the previous example: my_calendar.csv.

  3. Exit your SSH session.

Edit the calendar template

To use the template you generated as your custom calendar, some editing is required.

  1. Download the .csv file to your computer using following syntax:

    scp admin@<cluster-ip-address>:/home/admin/<calendar_name>.csv /<Local directory on your computer>/.

    Example (on Mac OS): scp admin@172.18.144.217:/home/admin/my_calendar.csv /Users/john.smith/Desktop/.

  2. Open the .csv file in a text editor or spreadsheet program and edit the file to ensure the date and quarter columns are formatted correctly:
    • The Date column must use the format: MM/DD/YYYY. No other formats are supported.
    • The Quarter column must display the correct quarter number for each day of the year.

    • (Optional) To enhance searchability, ThoughtSpot recommends adding a “Q” before each quarter number. Example: Q1. If adapting the calendar to different language, use the appropriate letter in place of “Q”.
    • Make any other changes needed to the calendar (like translating months or days into a different language.)

    Example calendar with the fiscal year beginning on April 1:

  3. Save your calendar template as a UTF-encoded .csv file with UNIX line breaks.

Add the custom calendar to your cluster

To use your edited calendar template as a custom calendar, you must upload it to your cluster and use it to create a calendar in ThoughtSpot.

  1. Upload the .csv file to your ThoughtSpot cluster using the following syntax:

    scp /<Local directory on your computer>/<calendar_template_name>.csv admin@<cluster-ip-address>:/home/admin/

    Example (on Mac OS): scp /Users/john.smith/Desktop/my_calendar.csv admin@172.18.144.217:/home/admin

  2. SSH as admin into your ThoughtSpot cluster: ssh admin@<cluster-ip-address or hostname>.

  3. Run the tscli calendar create command using the following syntax: tscli calendar create --file_path /home/admin/<calendar_template_name>.csv --name <calendar name> --username tsadmin

    Example: tscli calendar create --file_path /home/admin/my_calendar.csv --name my_calendar --username tsadmin

(Optional) Set a custom calendar as the default calendar for your cluster

To set your custom calendar as the default calendar for your cluster, contact ThoughtSpot Support.

Setting a worksheet, table or view to use your custom calendar

If you don’t set your custom calendar as the default for your cluster, you must do the following to use your calendar:

  1. Sign in to your ThoughtSpot cluster and click DATA.

  2. On the DATA page, click the name of a worksheet, table or view in which you want to use your custom calendar.

  3. Under COLUMN NAME, find a column that uses the DATE or DATE_TIME data type where you want to use your custom calendar and scroll right until you see the CALENDAR TYPE column.

  4. In the CALENDAR TYPE column for the column(s) you chose, double-click the existing calendar name, and then select your custom calendar.

  5. Click Save Changes.

    Now, date-related searches in the selected worksheet, table or view use your custom calendar.