1. Getting Started

1.1. Installation

  1. Install latest stable version from PyPi:
$ pip install django-dashing
  1. Add dashing to INSTALLED_APPS of the your projects.
  1. Include the polls URLconf in your project urls.py like this:
from dashing.utils import router

url(r'^dashboard/', include(router.urls)),
  1. Start the development server and visit to view the dummy dashboard.

To create a custom dashboard you need create a dashing-config.js file in the static directory and optionally a custom dashing/dashboard.html template file.

1.2. Django Settings

Configuration for Django Dashing is all namespaced inside a single Django setting, named DASHING.

For example your project’s settings.py file might include something like this:

    'INSTALLED_WIDGETS': ('number', 'list', 'graph',),

1.2.1. Accessing settings

If you need to access the values of Django Dashing settings in your project, you should use the dashing_settings object. For example.

from dashing.settings import dashing_settings

print dashing_settings.INSTALLED_WIDGETS

1.2.2. Settings


A list or tuple of name of widgets to load when the dashboard is displayed, searches for resources of widgets (js, css and html) in the static directory, if not found then searches in the remote repository


('number', 'list', 'graph', 'clock',),


A list or tuple of permission classes, that determines the default set of permissions checked when display the dashboard.

The default permissions classes provided are: AllowAny, IsAuthenticated, and IsAdminUser




A remote location with a repositories.json file, here are specified the third-party widgets with the remote location to download the static files

1.3. Config File

You need put the dashing-config.js in the static directory to begin creating widgets for your project. You can change the patch and name if you write a template file.

The dashing config file should start with the creation of a new dashboard var dashboard = new Dashboard(); and start to place widgets with the following syntax dashboard.addWidget(<name_of_widget>, <type_of_widget>, <options>); where name_of_widget is the name that describe the objective of the widget (should be unique) type_of_widget is a valid widget type (Clock, Graph, List, Number) and options depends of each widget.

This is the default dashing-config.js file, use as a guide for writing your own:

/* global $, Dashboard */

var dashboard = new Dashboard();

dashboard.addWidget('clock_widget', 'Clock');

dashboard.addWidget('current_valuation_widget', 'Number', {
    getData: function () {
        $.extend(this.data, {
            title: 'Current Valuation',
            more_info: 'In billions',
            updated_at: 'Last updated at 14:10',
            detail: '64%',
            value: '$35'

dashboard.addWidget('buzzwords_widget', 'List', {
    getData: function () {
        $.extend(this.data, {
            title: 'Buzzwords',
            more_info: '# of times said around the office',
            updated_at: 'Last updated at 18:58',
            data: [{label: 'Exit strategy', value: 24},
                   {label: 'Web 2.0', value: 12},
                   {label: 'Turn-key', value: 2},
                   {label: 'Enterprise', value: 12},
                   {label: 'Pivoting', value: 3},
                   {label: 'Leverage', value: 10},
                   {label: 'Streamlininess', value: 4},
                   {label: 'Paradigm shift', value: 6},
                   {label: 'Synergy', value: 7}]

dashboard.addWidget('convergence_widget', 'Graph', {
    getData: function () {
        $.extend(this.data, {
            title: 'Convergence',
            value: '41',
            more_info: '',
            data: [
                    { x: 0, y: 40 },
                    { x: 1, y: 49 },
                    { x: 2, y: 38 },
                    { x: 3, y: 30 },
                    { x: 4, y: 32 }

1.4. Template File

You can create a dashboard.html file to add your custom stylesheets and scripts or specify a custom route to your dashing-config.js file. You will place inside the template directory in dashing/dashboard.html

Your dashing/dashing.html might looks like this:

{% extends 'dashing/base.html' %}
{% load staticfiles %}

{% block 'stylesheets' %}
<link rel="stylesheet" href="{% static 'my/custom/style.css' %}">
{% endblock %}

{% block 'scripts' %}
<script type="text/javascript" src="{% static 'my/custom/script.js' %}"></script>
{% endblock %}

{% block 'config_file' %}
<script type="text/javascript" src="{% static 'my/custom/dashing-config.js' %}"></script>
{% endblock %}

1.5. Python Widget Classes

Django Dashing provide an useful set of classes to return the expected data for the default widgets, you can create a widgets.py file and inherit of these classes or create your own widgets inherit from dashing.widgets.Widget.

A custom widget can look like this:

class CustomWidget(NumberWidget):
    title = 'My Custom Widget'
    value = 25

    def get_more_info(self):
        more_info = 'Random additional info'
        return more_info

To register the url to serve this widget you must use the register method from dashing.utils.router, then in urls.py file put

from dashing.utils import router

router.register(CustomWidget, 'custom_widget', eg_kwargs_param="[A-Za-z0-9_-]+")

Now we can access to CustomWidget from ‘/dashboard/widgets/custom_widget/(?P<eg_kwargs_param>[A-Za-z0-9_-]+)’ if ‘/dashboard/’ is the root of our dashboard.

The kwargs are optional and you can add as many as you want.