How to Build An Application With Node-RED Dashboard 2.0

A step-by-step guide to building a personalized, secure, and fully functional application with Dashboard 2.0.

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In this guide, we'll build a Todo application to guide you through the features and explain how you can build rich and dynamic applications too. It shows many of the features that make Dashboard 2.0 great, and why you should use it over the deprecated node-red-dashboard.

If you're new to Dashboard 2.0, refer to our blog post Getting Started with Dashboard 2.0 to install and get things started.

Installing Flowfuse user addon

The FlowFuse User Addon is a plugin developed for Dashboard 2.0, that levereges the FlowFuse API to access logged in user's information at Dashboard 2.0. For detailed information refer to the Exploring the FlowFuse User Addon and make sure to install it.

Before you begin the application development process, please make sure that FlowFuse user authentication is enabled. This feature adds a layer of security to your application with a login page. By combining the FlowFuse user addon with user authentication, we gain access to the logged in user's data within our application. For more information on FlowFuse user authentication, refer to the documentation and make sure that it is enabled.

Building Task Management application

"Screenshot of the Todo application built with Node-RED Dashboard 2.0"

Throughout this guide, we will be building a simple, secure, and personalized Task management application that will allow users to create and view their tasks.

Building a Form to Submit Tasks

  1. Drag an ui-form widget onto the canvas.
  2. Click on the edit icon next to Page 1 (The default page added when you install Dashboard 2.0) in the Dashboard 2.0 sidebar. While this step is optional, updating the page configurations as shown in the image below ensures that your application aligns with the layout described in this guide.

"Screenshot displaying 'new task' page configurations"

  1. Click on the ui-form widget to add form elements such as title, description, due date, and priority.

"Screenshot of ui widget form configuration"

Storing Tasks in the Global Context

For this guide, we are storing our Tasks in Node-RED global context but storing them in a database will make it easy to manage your task data.

  1. Drag a function node onto the canvas
  2. Paste the below code in the function node.
// Retrieve the existing tasks from the global context or initialize an empty array if none exists

let tasks = global.get('tasks') || [];

// Push the new task object into the tasks array, including the task details and the user object extracted from the message object, as each payload emitted by the Node-RED Dashboard 2.0 widgets contains user information due to the FlowFuse User Addon.

user: msg._client.user // Assign the user object to the task

// Update the 'tasks' variable in the global context with the modified tasks array

global.set('tasks', tasks);

return msg;
  1. Connect the ui-form widget’s output to the function node’s input.

Displaying notification on successful task submission

  1. Drag a change node onto the canvas and set msg.payload to the confirmation message you want to display on successful task submission.

"screenshot of the change node setting payload for notification"

  1. Drag an ui-notification onto the canvas select ui-base and set the position to "center".
  2. Connect the ui-form widget’s output to the change node’s input and the change node’s output to the ui-notification widget's input.

Retrieving and Filtering Tasks

Now that we can store tasks along with the user details of who submitted them, we need to retrieve and filter them based on users, ensuring that users can only see their tasks only and not others.

  1. Drag a ui-event widget onto the canvas and select ui-base for it. The ui-event will enable us to display updated tasks on the table without the need for polling, as it triggers when the page reloads or changes.
  2. Drag a change node onto the canvas and set msg.payload to global.tasks.

"Screenshot of the change setting retriving global context and setting to msg.payload"

  1. Drag a function node onto the canvas and paste the below code into it.
// Filter the payload array of tasks to include only those tasks associated with the currently logged in user.

msg.payload = msg.payload.filter((task) => task.user.userId === msg._client.user.userId);

// Return the modified message object containing the filtered tasks.

return msg;
  1. Connect the ui-event widget’s output to the change node’s input and the change nodes’ output to the function node’s input.

Enabling client constraint for ui-template

Before we begin building our table to display tasks, we need to enable access to client constraints for the ui-template widget. Access client constraints ensure that messages or actions are specifically targeted to individual clients. For instance, if 100 people are interacting with the same task management dashboard simultaneously and one person submits a task, the notification will only be visible to that person and not to the remaining 99 individuals.

If you have experience with Node-RED Dashboard 1.0, you may recall that these client constraints were only available for ui-control and ui-notification widgets but in Dashboard 2.0 you can enable it for any widget.

"Screenshot displaying FF Auth tab"

  1. Navigate to the Dashboard 2.0 sidebar and select the top-right "FF Auth" Tab
  2. In the "Accept Client Constraints" option, you'll see Dashboard 2.0 widgets where this option is by default enabled for ui-notification and ui-control, enable it for ui-template as well.

Creating a table and displaying the task

In this section, we will build an interactive table using ui-template and vuetify component. Vuetify offers a wide range of components, all of which are compatible with our Node-RED Dashboard 2.0's ui-template widget. You can easily use them by just simply copying and pasting them into the ui-template widget.

  1. Drag an ui-template widget onto the canvas
  2. Create a new ui-page and ui-group for it. Below, I have provided a screenshot of the "new task" page configurations. Again You can replicate it if you want to align with the layout described in this guide, otherwise, it is optional.

"Screenshot displaying ui-template widget with code for building table for displaying task"

  1. Paste the below code into the widget, If you're new to Vue.js, rest assured I've included helpful comments for clarity.
` <template>
<!-- Input field for searching tasks -->
<v-text-field v-model="search" label="Search" prepend-inner-icon="mdi-magnify" single-line variant="outlined"

<!-- Data table to display tasks -->
<v-data-table :search="search" :items="msg?.payload">
<!-- Custom header for the "current" column -->
<template v-slot:header.current>
<div class="text-center">Center-Aligned</div>

<!-- Template for the "priority" column -->
<template v-slot:item.priority="{ item }">
<!-- Display priority icon if it exists -->
<v-icon v-if="item.priority" icon="mdi-alert" color="red"></v-icon>

<!-- Template for the "user" column -->
<template v-slot:item.user="{ item }">
<!-- Display user avatar and username -->
<div class="user">
<!-- User avatar -->
<img :src="item.user.image" width="24" />
<!-- Username -->
<span>{{ item.user.username }}</span>

<!-- Template for the "due" column -->
<template v-slot:item.due="{ item }">
<!-- Calculate and display the number of days between due date and current date -->
{{ daysBetween(item.due, new Date()) }} Days

export default {
data() {
return {
// Search input field model
search: '',
methods: {
// Method to calculate the number of days between two dates
daysBetween(date1, date2) {
// Calculate the difference in days
const oneDay = 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000; // hours*minutes*seconds*milliseconds
const firstDate = new Date(date1);
const secondDate = new Date(date2);
const diffDays = Math.round(Math.abs((firstDate - secondDate) / oneDay));
return diffDays;

<style scoped>
/* Styling for user avatar and username */
.user {
display: flex;
gap: 5px; /* Gap between avatar and username */

/* Styling for user avatar */
.user img {
width: 24px; /* Set width of user avatar */
  1. Connect the ui-template widget's input to the function node's output ( function node which we have added to filter tasks based on user ).

Deploying the flow

"Screenshot displaying Node-RED flow of Task management system"

  1. Deploy the flow by clicking the top right Deploy button.
  2. Locate the 'Open Dashboard' button at the top-right corner of the Dashboard 2.0 sidebar and click on it to navigate to the dashboard.
  3. Login with the registered FlowFuse account username and password.

Now, we're all set to add tasks. Navigate to the "New Task" page to add tasks. To view tasks, navigate to the "your Task" page.

Next step

If you want to enhance this simple application by adding more features, consider the following resources:

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