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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 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. 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

Configuring global options

Flexmonster has a wide variety of configurable options: localization, grid options, chart options, etc.

Report objects are used to configure which data should be shown in the component, how it will be visualized, and what instruments will be available for data analysis. The values for all the possible options can be defined in the report. Details on how to configure all options in the report are described in the configuring report set of articles.

It is not mandatory to explicitly set all the options in the report. When a value for an option is not set in the report, it is pulled from the default values that are predefined in the component.

It is however often simpler to modify specific default options that will be common for all reports. This can be done using the global object. global is a parameter of the new Flexmonster() method. In general, the global object should be considered as a global parent report. It can have a dataSource, options, and localization sub-objects of the same structure as the report object. The global object overrides the default option values for all the reports of the component. Thus, if a specific option is not explicitly set in the report, the component will use the global value.


  1. Specify one localization for all reports:
    global: {
    localization: "loc/es.json"
    Check out an example on JSFiddle.
  2. This example demonstrates how to set common options for all reports:
    global: {
    options: {
    grid: {
    showFilter: false
    configuratorButton: false,
    sorting: false,
    drillThrough: false
    Check out an example on JSFiddle.
  3. Apply date and time formatting for “date string” date fields in the component:
    global: {
    options: {
    datePattern: "'date: 'MM/dd/yy';
    time: 'HH-mm"
    Check out an example on JSFiddle.
  4. The next example shows how you can specify the dataSource for all reports:
    global: {
    dataSource: {
    filename: ""
    Check out an example on JSFiddle.
  5. The current report is usually obtained via the save() or getReport() API calls. By default, reports returned by these methods contain only the options that were explicitly defined inside the report object. For example, if we have the component defined like this:
    var pivot = new Flexmonster({
    container: "pivotContainer",
    global: {
    localization: "loc/es.json"
    report: {
    dataSource: {
    filename: ""
    save() and getReport() will get the report containing the specified dataSource, but without any options defined in global or defaults. Use the withGlobals: true parameter in the API calls to include localization that was defined in global in the report:

    withGlobals: true


    withGlobals: true
    To include the default options in the report, use the withDefaults: true parameter:

    withDefaults: true


    withDefaults: true
    Check out an example on JSFiddle.

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