FlowFuse 1.1 released with persistent file storage

A new set of features to improve FlowFuse as the best solution for running Node-RED in production in a secure, scalable, and team-based environment.

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Persist files on your FlowFuse Projects, publish locally developed flows to dozens of Devices in a few clicks, and use our new interface for managing Project Deployments.

We're pleased to announce version 1.1 is now available! The latest release of the FlowFuse application contains new features, many improvements, and bug fixes. Keep reading for the details of what's in this release or you can watch our 1 minute roundup video of the new release above.


Persistent File Storage We've had a great deal of feedback from our customers that being able to persist files in a project is a vital feature in Node-RED. In FlowFuse 1.1 flows can now create and persist files within your Projects. We know those files are used in many creative ways and we're looking forward to seeing how users improve their Projects using this new feature.

Import Snapshots from Outside FlowFuse Developers may wish to work on Node-RED in a local environment but want an easy path to share that with their team. You can now link your Node-RED instances running outside of FlowFuse and push Snapshots directly into your FlowFuse Projects to leverage FlowFuse fully. With this new feature we've made it effortless to push a local build of a project to FlowFuse for deployment to your staging and production FlowFuse instances.


Project Deployments UX We've reworked the interface for managing your FlowFuse Deployments of Node-RED. We are seeing FlowFuse users deploying their Projects to edge devices at scale. This is another step towards making it easier for users to manage a large quantity of devices in their Projects.

When users change their username, email address, or password they'll now be notified through email of changes to ensure they were made by the user.

In this release a lot of effort went into the install process, specifically the local install method. First and foremost; a default Stack and Template will be installed automatically. That will ensure users get up and running with Node-RED more quickly. Administrators of each platform can still change Stacks and Templates when needed. Secondly, the installer now auto generates the configuration file for Mosquitto, the MQTT broker FlowFuse uses. This again should save administrators time when installing FlowFuse.

Bug Fixes

The v1.0.1 release included a bug fix where snapshot rollbacks didn't work, which has also been included in v1.1 onwards.

We've fixed the following bugs in this release.

  • When installing the stack during a FlowFuse installation the process would quit on Windows #62

  • After accepting an invite to join a team, users are no longer seeing a blank page #1208

  • Pagination on device deployments wasn't showing all devices #1207

  • Markdown rendering when selecting the project type wasn't quite working, fixed now! #1171

  • Continuous spinner in UI body when entering a new (short) password #1280

  • Friendly stack name not shown in the Change Project Stack option list #1169

  • The stacks view in the admin area didn't render properly #1260

  • Like the deployments page, pagination for stacks was broken. #1164

  • Several UX and UI bugs got polished away!


We'd like the thank the following for their contributions to this release:

mikermcneil for their work on #1301

As an open-source project, we welcome community involvement in what we're building. If you're interested in contributing, checkout our guide in the docs.

Try it out

As said before, a lot of effort went into the local installer. We're confident you can have your own FlowFuse running locally in about 30 minutes. Get started right away! (Docker and Kubernetes are available too!)

If you'd rather use our hosted offering: Sign up for FlowFuse Cloud with the coupon RELEASE11 to get your first project free for a month.

Upgrading FlowFuse

FlowFuse Cloud is already running 1.1. To use persisted files you'll need to upgrade your projects stack. You'll be prompted to do so on the project page.

If you installed a previous version of FlowFuse and want to upgrade, our documentation provides a guide for upgrading your FlowFuse instance

Getting help

Please check FlowFuse's documentation as the answers to many questions are covered there.

If you hit any problems with the platform please raise an issue on GitHub. That also includes if you have any feedback or feature requests.

Chat with us on the #flowfuse channel on the Node-RED Slack workspace.

You can also raise a support ticket by emailing support@flowfuse.com

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