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  1. API reference
  2. Welcome
    1. Getting started
    2. Get Flexmonster
    3. Quick start
    4. System requirements
    5. Troubleshooting
    6. Managing license keys
    7. Migrating from WebDataRocks to Flexmonster
  3. Integration with frameworks
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Integration with Angular
    3. Integration with React
    4. Integration with Vue
    5. Other integrations
      1. Integration with Python
        1. Integration with Django
        2. Integration with Jupyter Notebook
      2. Integration with React Native
      3. Integration with AngularJS (v1.x)
      4. Integration with TypeScript
      5. Integration with R Shiny
      6. Integration with jQuery
      7. Integration with Ionic
      8. Integration with Electron.js
      9. Integration with Webpack
      10. Integration with RequireJS
  4. Connecting to Data Source
    1. Supported data sources
    2. JSON
      1. Connecting to JSON
      2. Connecting to JSON using Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Data types in JSON
    3. CSV
      1. Connecting to CSV
      2. Connecting to CSV using Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Data types in CSV
    4. Database
      1. Connecting to SQL databases
      2. Connecting to a MySQL database
      3. Connecting to a Microsoft SQL Server database
      4. Connecting to a PostgreSQL database
      5. Connecting to an Oracle database
    5. Flexmonster Data Server
      1. Introduction to Flexmonster Data Server
      2. Getting started with Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Flexmonster Admin Panel Guide
      4. Data sources guide
      5. Security and authorization guide
      6. The Data Server as a DLL
        1. Getting started with the Data Server as a DLL
        2. Referencing the Data Server as a DLL
        3. Implementing the API controller
        4. Implementing the server filter
        5. Implementing the custom parser
        6. DLL configurations reference
        7. The controller's methods for request handling
      7. The Data Server as a console application
        1. Installing the Data Server as a console application
        2. Configurations reference
        3. Data sources guide
        4. Security and authorization guide
      8. Troubleshooting the Data Server
    6. MongoDB
      1. Introduction to Flexmonster MongoDB Connector
      2. Getting started with the MongoDB Connector
      3. Embedding the MongoDB Connector into the server
      4. Configuring the MongoDB Connector
    7. Microsoft Analysis Services
      1. Connecting to Microsoft Analysis Services
      2. Getting started with Flexmonster Accelerator
      3. Referencing the Accelerator as a DLL
      4. Configuring the authentication process
      5. Configuring a secure HTTPS connection
      6. Troubleshooting
    8. Custom data source API
      1. Introduction to the custom data source API
      2. A quick overview of a sample Node.js server
      3. A quick overview of a sample .NET Core server
      4. Implement your own server
        1. Implementing the custom data source API server
        2. Implementing filters
        3. Supporting more aggregation functions
        4. Supporting multilevel hierarchies
        5. Returning data for the drill-through view
        6. Testing your custom data source API server
    9. Elasticsearch
      1. Connecting to Elasticsearch
      2. Configuring the mapping
    10. Pentaho Mondrian
      1. Connecting to Pentaho Mondrian
      2. Getting started with the Accelerator
      3. Configuring Mondrian roles
      4. Configuring username/password protection
      5. Configuring a secure HTTPS connection
      6. Troubleshooting
    11. Connecting to other data sources
  5. Accessibility
    1. Accessibility overview
    2. Keyboard navigation
  6. Configuring report
    1. What is a report
    2. Data source
    3. Slice
    4. Options
    5. Mapping
    6. Number formatting
    7. Conditional formatting
    8. Set the report for the component
    9. Get the report from the component
    10. Share the report
    11. Date and time formatting
    12. Configuring global options
    13. Export and print
    14. Calculated values
    15. Custom sorting
  7. Charts
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Flexmonster Pivot Charts
    3. Integration with Highcharts
    4. Integration with amCharts
    5. Integration with Google Charts
    6. Integration with FusionCharts
    7. Integration with any charting library
  8. Customizing
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Customizing the Toolbar
    3. Customizing appearance
    4. Customizing the context menu
    5. Customizing the grid
    6. Customizing the pivot charts
    7. Localizing the component
  9. Security
    1. Security in Flexmonster
    2. Security aspects of connecting to an OLAP cube
      1. Ways of connecting to an OLAP cube
      2. The data transfer process
      3. Data security
      4. Data access management
  10. Updating to the latest version
    1. Updating to the latest version
    2. Release notes
    3. Migration guide from 2.8 to 2.9
    4. Migration guide from 2.7 to 2.8
    5. Migration guide from 2.6 to 2.7
    6. Migration guide from 2.5 to 2.6
    7. Migration guide from 2.4 to 2.5
    8. Migration guide from 2.3 to 2.4
    9. Migration guide from 2.2 to 2.3
  11. Flexmonster CLI Reference
    1. Overview
    2. Troubleshooting the CLI
    3. flexmonster create
    4. flexmonster add
    5. flexmonster update
    6. flexmonster version
    7. flexmonster help
  12. Documentation for older versions
Table of contents

Data sources guide

This tutorial describes how to connect Flexmonster Data Server used as a Windows/Unix service to your data.

Prerequisites

To complete this walkthrough, you should have the Data Server as a service and Flexmonster Admin Panel installed on your machine. If they are not already installed, complete the following guide: Getting started with the Data Server.

Now you can connect the Data Server to your data source. Server configurations vary depending on the data source type:

Connecting to databases

Flexmonster Data Server supports the following databases: MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and Microsoft Azure SQL.

To connect to a database with Flexmonster Data Server, open Flexmonster Admin Panel and go to Indexes > Add New Index. Then fill in the Name, Type, Database type, Connection string, and Query fields:

Sample configuration of a MySQL index

"index-database" is a dataset identifier. It will be used to configure the data source on the client side.

When the index configuration is complete, click Create. The index will be automatically added to your index pool.

Learn more about connecting to a database with the Data Server in our detailed guides:

To see how the connection with Flexmonster Data Server is configured in the component, refer to the Configuring the report section.

Connecting to JSON

To connect to JSON with Flexmonster Data Server, open Flexmonster Admin Panel and go to Indexes > Add New Index. Then fill in the Name, Type, and Path to file fields:

Sample configuration of a JSON index

"index-json" is a dataset identifier. It will be used to configure the data source on the client side.

When the index configuration is complete, click Create. The index will be automatically added to your index pool.

Learn more about connecting to JSON with the Data Server in our detailed guide: Connecting to JSON using Flexmonster Data Server.

To see how the connection with Flexmonster Data Server is configured in the component, refer to the Configuring the report section.

Connecting to CSV

To connect to CSV with Flexmonster Data Server, open Flexmonster Admin Panel and go to Indexes > Add New Index. Then fill in the Name, Type, and Path to file fields:

Sample configuration of a CSV index

"index-csv" is a dataset identifier. It will be used to configure the data source on the client side.

When the index configuration is complete, click Create. The index will be automatically added to your index pool.

Learn more about connecting to CSV with the Data Server in our detailed guide: Connecting to CSV using Flexmonster Data Server.

To see how the connection with Flexmonster Data Server is configured in the component, refer to the Configuring the report section.

Configuring the report

On the client side, the report should be configured as follows:

new Flexmonster({
container: "pivotContainer",
   report: {
    dataSource: {
        type: "api",
           url: "http://localhost:9500",
           index: "index-json"
}
}

});

index must match the name of the index defined when configuring Flexmonster Data Server (e.g., "index-json").

When Flexmonster Pivot requests the data, Flexmonster Data Server sends the response and then caches it. In case the component sends the same request once again, the server responds with the data from its cache. The Data Server clears the cache when restarted.

The Data Server’s cache has a memory limit. When the cache does not have enough memory for a new response, the Data Server server deletes one of the previously cached responses.

You can manage the cache size via the Cache size limit configuration.

What’s next?