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The examples are easy to run as long as the Hello World example is run first! It creates a dashboard config node that the other examples "hook into". If you do not run Hello World first you have to create these two config nodes yourself (not a big deal).

Here is how it ought to look.

Hello World Example

hello-world import

Use the "import" feature in the Node-RED editor (in the top-right menu) to install the "hello world" example, from @flexdash/node-red-corewidgets.

hello-world flow

When the import completes you should have the following flow with an inject node and a date-time widget to display the timestamp.

hello-world import

Open another browser tab with the FlexDash dashboard, typically http://localhost:1880/flexdash, the host & port being the same you use for the Node-RED flow editor and just with /flexdash as path.

All Widgets Example

The all-widgets example shows one of each built-in widget so you get an overview of what's available. Import the flow using Node-RED's "import" feature as you did for the hello-world example.

all widgets flow

This is about how it looks after the import if you import the example into the same flow as the hello-world example.

You need to associate the flexdash tab config node used by all the new example widgets with the flexdash dashboard imported with the hello-world example (or create a new dashboard if you don't have one yet):

search invalid nodes

  • click on deploy and observe the warning message
  • click on "search for invalid nodes" and select the (or one of the) flexdash tab nodes that are invalid

rocket tab config node

  • the appropriate config node should be highlighted for you (flashing red outline)
  • double-click the config node to edit

rocket tab config edit

  • confirm that the correct dashboard has been selected (should be automatic if you have only one)
  • click update and then deploy again

all widgets dashboard

Switching to the FlexDash browser tab you should see a dashboard similar to this.

Next Steps

  • The other examples show variations for each of the widgets.
  • Read about FlexDash's core concepts.
  • Add some widgets and feed them data, see the "info" tab in the Node-RED flow editor for help on each of the widgets.