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  1. API reference
  2. Welcome
    1. Component overview
    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
      6. Connecting to other databases
    5. Flexmonster Data Server
      1. Getting started with Flexmonster Data Server
      2. Installation guide
      3. Configurations reference
      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. Referring 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
    6. MongoDB
      1. Introduction to Flexmonster MongoDB Connector
      2. Getting started with the MongoDB Connector
      3. Embedding the MongoDB Connector into the server
    7. Microsoft Analysis Services
      1. Connecting to Microsoft Analysis Services
      2. Getting started with Flexmonster Accelerator
      3. Referring 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. Returning data for the drill-through view
    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
  5. 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
  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. Date and time formatting
    11. Configuring global options
    12. Export and print
    13. Calculated values
    14. 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. Customizing the Toolbar
    2. Customizing appearance
    3. Customizing the context menu
    4. Customizing the grid
    5. Customizing the pivot charts
    6. Localizing the component
  9. Updating to the latest version
    1. Updating to the latest version
    2. Release notes
    3. Migration guide from 2.7 to 2.8
    4. Migration guide from 2.6 to 2.7
    5. Migration guide from 2.5 to 2.6
    6. Migration guide from 2.4 to 2.5
    7. Migration guide from 2.3 to 2.4
    8. Migration guide from 2.2 to 2.3
    9. Documentation for older versions
  10. Flexmonster CLI Reference
    1. Overview
    2. Troubleshooting the CLI
    3. flexmonster create
    4. flexmonster add
    5. flexmonster update
    6. flexmonster version
    7. flexmonster help
Table of contents

Integration with Electron.js

This tutorial describes how to integrate Flexmonster Pivot with Electron.js – a JavaScript framework that allows creating cross-platform desktop applications.

Prerequisites

To work with Electron.js, you need Node.js and npm. Get it here if it’s not already installed on your machine.

One more tool needed is Flexmonster CLI, which is the most convenient way to work with 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.

After that, choose one of the following options:

Run the sample project from GitHub

Create the sample project with the following CLI command:

flexmonster create electron -r

The flexmonster create electron command will do the following:

  • download the .zip archive with the sample Electron project from GitHub
  • automatically unpack the files in the current folder — as a result, the flexmonster-electron-project/ folder will appear in your working directory

The -r option, which stands for --run, completes these tasks:

  • installs all the npm dependencies described in package.json
  • compiles the application and runs it

As a result, a desktop application with the pivot table embedded will be launched.

Integrate Flexmonster into an existing/new application

This guide is based on the first Electron app tutorial. Follow the steps below to integrate Flexmonster Pivot into a new Electron.js application. If you already have the Electron project, jump to Step 6. Install Flexmonster

Step 1. Initialize package.json file

Create an empty folder for the new Electron application (e.g., pivot-electron) and run the following command from that folder:

npm init

npm will start creating a basic package.json file. When initializing package.json, notice the "main" field – a script specified in this field is the application’s entry point. In this tutorial, main.js is the entry point.

As a result, the package.json file should look similar to the following:

{
"name": "pivot-electron",
"version": "1.0.0",
"main": "main.js"
}

Note: if there is no "main" field specified in package.json, the default entry point is index.js.

Step 2. Add a script to run the Electron app

By default, the npm start command runs the application with Node.js. To run the application with Electron, add the following start script to package.json:

"scripts": {
"start": "electron .",
},

Step 3. Install Electron.js

Install Electron.js in the project by running the following command in the console:

npm install electron

Step 4. Create the HTML file

HTML files define the Electron application’s user interface. Create the HTML file (e.g., index.html) with a simple markup:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
    <head>
       <title>Pivot table for Desktop</title>
    </head>
   <body>
    </body>
</html>

Step 5. Create the main.js file

In this tutorial, the entry point for the application is main.js. Create a simple main.js file that waits for the application to be ready and then opens the window:

const { app, BrowserWindow } = require('electron')

function createWindow () {
// create the browser window
let win = new BrowserWindow({
width: 800,
height: 600,
webPreferences: {
nodeIntegration: true
}
})

// load the previously created index.html file
win.loadFile('index.html')
}

// open the window when the application is ready
app.whenReady().then(createWindow)

Step 6. Install Flexmonster

Install Flexmonster by running this CLI command from the folder containing package.json:

flexmonster add flexmonster

The add command will install the flexmonster npm package to node_modules/ and add it as an npm dependency to package.json.

Step 7. Add a container for Flexmonster

In the index.html file, add a container for Flexmonster:

<body>
<div id="pivot-container"></div>

</body>

Step 8. Create a file for a Flexmonster instance

Create a new .js file (e.g., pivot.js) for Flexmonster and include the Flexmonster npm module into it:

require('flexmonster');

Step 9. Add a Flexmonster instance

Add a new Flexmonster instance to the pivot.js file:

const pivot = new Flexmonster({
container: "pivot-container",
toolbar: true,
report: "https://cdn.flexmonster.com/reports/report.json"
});

Step 10. Add Flexmonster to the index.html file

Include the script embedding Flexmonster to the index.html file:

<div id="pivot-container"></div>
<script src="./pivot.js"></script>

Step 11. Include Flexmonster styles

Include Flexmonster styles into the index.html file. It should be done as follows:

<head>
<title>Pivot table for Desktop</title>
   <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"
href="https://cdn.flexmonster.com/flexmonster.min.css"
/>
</head>

Step 12. Run the project

Run the project from the console with the following command:

npm start

A desktop application with the pivot table embedded will be launched.

The application can be shut down manually with Ctrl+C.

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