Setting up a dashboard with balenaDash

This is a short guide on how to set up a dashboard to use with our balenaDash project. If you’ve not yet built one, check out the guide too!

Freeboard

Freeboard is a great way to get started with a dashboard quickly; they give you a 30 day free trial to figure things out.

Setting up a dashboard with balenaDash

After creating your new account, set a name for your new dashboard and click on “Create New”.

Setting up a dashboard with balenaDash

Freeboard works by adding a new panel and then connecting a data source to it. Let’s go ahead and add the two basic examples, clock and weather.

Setting up a dashboard with balenaDash

Setting up a dashboard with balenaDash

Now that we have two data sources configured, it’s time to add them to the panel. In this example, we’re going to add the current weather and time in New York.

Setting up a dashboard with balenaDash
Setting up a dashboard with balenaDash

And voilà, we can now track the current data (and realise how cold it is! ❄️).

Setting up a dashboard with balenaDash

To display this dashboard using balenaDash, you need to click on “Share”, copy the sharing URL and set as this as your WPE_URL variable. For the dashboard we just created, the link is: https://freeboard.io/board/tGeZ0t.

Setting up a dashboard with balenaDash

This is a simple example showing how to get started with freeboard. Now you can go ahead and add more panels and datasets.

Other dashboard examples you can try:

If you’ve built your own dashboard, we’d love to see it! Find us @balena_io on Twitter & Instagram and @balenacloud on Facebook or head on over to our forums!