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  1. API reference
  2. Welcome
    1. Introduction
    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. Angular
      1. Integration with Angular
      2. Flexmonster usage in Angular
    3. React
      1. Integration with React
      2. Flexmonster usage in React
    4. Vue
      1. Integration with Vue 2
      2. Flexmonster usage in Vue 2
      3. Integration with Vue 3
      4. Flexmonster usage in Vue 3
    5. Other integrations
      1. Integration with Python
        1. Integration with Django
        2. Integration with Jupyter Notebook
      2. Integration with React Native
      3. Integration with Blazor
      4. Integration with AngularJS (v1.x)
      5. Integration with TypeScript
      6. Integration with R Shiny
      7. Integration with jQuery
      8. Integration with Ionic
      9. Integration with Electron.js
      10. Integration with Webpack
      11. 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. Managing data presentation in JSON
    3. CSV
      1. Connecting to CSV
      2. Connecting to CSV using Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Managing data presentation 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. Connecting to other data sources
  5. Accessibility
    1. Accessibility overview
    2. Keyboard navigation
  6. Configuring the component
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Getting started with the report
    3. Configure the data source
      1. Data source
      2. Mapping
    4. Define which data to show
      1. Slice
      2. Custom sorting
      3. Calculated values
    5. Manage Flexmonster’s functionality
      1. Options
      2. Configuring global options
    6. Format fields
      1. Number formatting
      2. Date and time formatting
      3. Conditional formatting
  7. Saving component configs
    1. Save and restore the report
    2. Share the report
    3. Export and print
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Flexmonster CLI Reference
    1. Overview
    2. Troubleshooting the CLI
    3. flexmonster create
    4. flexmonster add
    5. flexmonster update
    6. flexmonster version
    7. flexmonster help
  13. Documentation for older versions
Table of contents

Getting started with Flexmonster Data Server

This walkthrough describes how to install Flexmonster Data Server. Flexmonster Pivot can be downloaded here.

Note that this guide is focused on using Flexmonster Data Server as a Windows/Unix service. If you need to reference the Data Server as a DLL, see the following section: The Data Server as a DLL.

The main benefits of using the Data Server as a Windows/Unix service are:

  • It has a convenient graphical user interface – Flexmonster Admin Panel.
  • It runs in the background and out of sight.
  • It starts automatically on operating system startup.
  • It’s hard for a user to inadvertently quit the application.

Prerequisites

Flexmonster Data Server can be installed with Flexmonster CLI —  a command-line interface tool for Flexmonster. Install the CLI globally using npm:

npm install -g flexmonster-cli

Now a new flexmonster command is available in the console. Learn more about Flexmonster CLI and its commands in our documentation.

To start using the Data Server, follow these guides:

Installing Flexmonster Data Server

Flexmonster Data Server is available for the following operating systems: Windows (both 32-bit and 64-bit), Ubuntu/Linux, and macOS. 

To install the Data Server, run the following CLI command:

flexmonster add fds -r

The flexmonster add fds command does the following:

  • Downloads the .zip archive with Flexmonster Data Server.
  • Automatically unpacks the files in the current folder. As a result, the flexmonster-data-server/ folder will appear in your working directory.

The -r option, which stands for --run, installs the Data Server as a Windows/Unix service and then runs it. Besides, it installs and runs Flexmonster Admin Panel – a graphical user interface for the Data Server.

Now the Data Server is installed as a service on your machine.

Let’s have a look at the flexmonster-data-server/ folder’s structure:

  • Flexmonster-Admin-Panel.exe – the executable file to install the Flexmonster Admin Panel.
  • flexmonster-data-server or flexmonster-data-server.exe for Windows – an executable version of Flexmonster Data Server.
  • service-install or service-install.bat for Windows – the executable file to install the Data Server as a service.
  • service-uninstall or service-uninstall.bat for Windows – the executable file to uninstall the Data Server as a service.
  • flexmonster-config.json – the Flexmonster Data Server configuration file. It contains a configured ready-to-use CSV data source "sample-index". It will be used only if the Data Server is run as a console application.
  • sample-data/data.csv – the file with sample CSV data to create "sample-index". It will be used only if the Data Server is run as a console application.

Migrating existing configurations

If you have already used the Data Server, you can import your existing configurations in Flexmonster Admin Panel:

  1. Open the Admin Panel.
  2. Go to the Settings tab.
  3. Scroll down and use Import configuration file functionality.

See how it can be done:

Migrate existing Data Server configurations to the Admin Panel

Connecting to the Data Server

Step 1. Embed the component into your webpage

If Flexmonster is not yet embedded, set up an empty component in your webpage:

In pure JavaScript

Complete the Quick start guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:

let pivot = new Flexmonster({
    container: "pivotContainer",
    toolbar: true
});

In Angular

Complete the Integration with Angular guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:

<fm-pivot 
[toolbar]="true">
</fm-pivot>

In React

Complete the Integration with React guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:

<FlexmonsterReact.Pivot
toolbar={true}
/>

In Vue

Complete the Integration with Vue guide. Your code should look similar to the following example:

<Pivot
ref="pivot"
toolbar>
</Pivot>

Step 2. Configure the report

To connect to Flexmonster Data Server, configure the report as follows:

var pivot = new Flexmonster({
container: "pivotContainer",
toolbar: true,
report: {
    dataSource: {
    type: "api",
       url: "http://localhost:9500",
       index: "sample-index"
       }
   }
});

"sample-index" is the index predefined in the Admin Panel.

Open the webpage in the browser: the pivot table with the sample CSV data is shown.

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