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HOWTO: Create Custom Dashboard Entries

Updated: July 15, 2024

Before building your own custom dashboards please make sure you fulfill the requirements in the Customize Your App with Nuxeo Elements page.

The quickest way to start building a dashboard is to use the Polymer CLI to scaffold our custom elements.

  1. Generate a nuxeo-sample-dashboard dashboard element:

    mkdir -p nuxeo-sample-dashboard && cd $_
    polymer init

    Note: Polymer CLI will ask for a couple of values in order to scaffold the project according to your needs. It is a good practice to build dashboards as custom elements since you can then use them anywhere you want. For this reason we would suggest you to use the template polymer-2-element - A simple Polymer 2.0 element template. Further details can be found Create an element project with the Polymer CLI.

    But you can also build dashboards as full applications in which case the template polymer-2-application - A simple Polymer 2.0 application should be used instead. For more details please visit Create an application project with the Polymer CLI

  2. Once the nuxeo-sample-dashboard element is generated you can install further client side dependencies. In this case you need the Nuxeo Data Visualization Elements and a charting library to produce charts for your dashboard:

    bower install --save nuxeo/nuxeo-dataviz-elements
    bower install --save GoogleWebComponents/google-chart
  3. Polymer CLI scaffolded a sample custom element so you now need to replace this sample content with your own. In this example build a simple chart with the total number of Serial Review workflows started by each user:


    <link rel="import" href="../polymer/polymer-element.html">
    <link rel="import" href="../nuxeo-dataviz-elements/nuxeo-workflow-data.html">
    <link rel="import" href="../google-chart/google-chart.html">
    <dom-module id="nuxeo-sample-dashboard">
          :host {
            display: block;
        <!-- Retrieve our data and store it in 'initiators' -->
        <nuxeo-workflow-data workflow="SerialDocumentReview"
                            start-date="[[startDate]]" end-date="[[endDate]]"
      <!-- Display a Pie Chart with out data -->
      <google-chart type="pie"
                    cols='[{"label": "User", "type": "string"},{"label": "Value", "type": "number"}]'
        * `nuxeo-sample-dashboard`
        * Custom Dashboard
        * @customElement
        * @polymer
        * @demo demo/index.html
        class NuxeoSampleDashboard extends Polymer.Element {
          static get is() { return 'nuxeo-sample-dashboard'; }
          static get properties() {
            return {
              startDate: String,
              endDate: String
            // Transform our data for usage with Google Charts
          _rows(data) {
            return data.map(function(e) { return [e.key, e.value]; });
        window.customElements.define(NuxeoSampleDashboard.is, NuxeoSampleDashboard);

    Each Polymer element usually includes a usage demo which you can edit to see and showcase your custom element in action:


    <!doctype html>
    <html lang="en">
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, minimum-scale=1, initial-scale=1, user-scalable=yes">
        <title>nuxeo-sample-dashboard demo</title>
        <script src="../../webcomponentsjs/webcomponents-loader.js"></script>
        <link rel="import" href="../../iron-demo-helpers/demo-pages-shared-styles.html">
        <link rel="import" href="../../iron-demo-helpers/demo-snippet.html">
        <link rel="import" href="../nuxeo-sample-dashboard.html">
        <link rel="import" href="../../nuxeo-dataviz-elements/nuxeo-workflow-data.html">
        <link rel="import" href="../../nuxeo-elements/nuxeo-connection.html">
        <link rel="import" href="../../google-chart/google-chart.html">
          <style is="custom-style" include="demo-pages-shared-styles">
        <div class="vertical-section-container centered">
          <h3>Basic nuxeo-sample-dashboard demo</h3>
              <!-- Define a connection to our Nuxeo server -->
              <nuxeo-connection url="http://localhost:8080/nuxeo" username="Administrator" password="Administrator"></nuxeo-connection>
              <!-- Include our element and specify a start and end date -->
              <nuxeo-sample-dashboard start-date="2019-02-20" end-date="2019-02-28"></nuxeo-sample-dashboard>

  4. To checkout your element you can use Polyserve, a simple web server to use bower components locally that you can install with:

    npm install -g polyserve
    polyserve -p 3000

    Once Polyserve is up and running we can finally see our custom element's demo at: http://localhost:3000/components/nuxeo-sample-dashboard/demo/

    Using the Polymer CLI is also possible to checkout your element by running the following command:

    polymer serve

    It will point to the local web server URL that, by default, should be something like:

    Both are simple ways to launch a server and see your demo up and running.

  5. Polymer CLI also generated a folder test that contains a couple of tests for the scaffolded nuxeo-sample-dashboard element. Those tests can be run by using the following command:

     polymer test

    After our customizations the scaffolded tests won't make sense anymore and we would need to code specific tests for our customized element and its logics. Further information about this topic can be found on our Quality Assurance page.