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Phoenix LiveDashboard

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LiveDashboard provides real-time performance monitoring and debugging tools for Phoenix developers. It provides the following modules:

  • Home - See general information about the system

  • OS Data - See general information about OS, such as CPU, Memory and Disk usage

  • Metrics - See how your application performs under different conditions by visualizing :telemetry events with real-time charts

  • Request logging - See everything that was logged for certain requests

  • Applications - See, filter, and search applications in the current node

  • Processes - See, filter, and search processes in the current node

  • Ports - See, filter, and search ports (responsible for I/O) in the current node

  • Sockets - See, filter, and search sockets (responsible for tcp/udp) in the current node

  • ETS - See, filter, and search ETS tables (in-memory storage) in the current node

  • Ecto Stats - Shows index, table, and general usage about the underlying Ecto Repo storage

The dashboard also works across nodes. If your nodes are connected via Distributed Erlang, then you can access information from node B while accessing the dashboard on node A.

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Installation

To start using LiveDashboard, you will need three steps:

  1. Add the phoenix_live_dashboard dependency
  2. Configure LiveView
  3. Add dashboard access

1. Add the phoenix_live_dashboard dependency

Add the following to your mix.exs and run mix deps.get:

def deps do
  [
    {:phoenix_live_dashboard, "~> 0.1"}
  ]
end

2. Configure LiveView

The LiveDashboard is built on top of LiveView. If LiveView is already installed in your app, feel free to skip this section.

If you plan to use LiveView in your application in the future, we recommend you to follow the official installation instructions. This guide only covers the minimum steps necessary for the LiveDashboard itself to run.

First, update your endpoint's configuration to include a signing salt. You can generate a signing salt by running mix phx.gen.secret 32 (note Phoenix v1.5+ apps already have this configuration):

# config/config.exs
config :my_app, MyAppWeb.Endpoint,
  live_view: [signing_salt: "SECRET_SALT"]

Then add the Phoenix.LiveView.Socket declaration to your endpoint:

socket "/live", Phoenix.LiveView.Socket

And you are good to go!

3. Add dashboard access for development-only usage

Once installed, update your router's configuration to forward requests to a LiveDashboard with a unique name of your choosing:

# lib/my_app_web/router.ex
use MyAppWeb, :router
import Phoenix.LiveDashboard.Router

...

if Mix.env() == :dev do
  scope "/" do
    pipe_through :browser
    live_dashboard "/dashboard"
  end
end

This is all. Run mix phx.server and access the "/dashboard" to configure the necessary modules.

Extra: Add dashboard access on all environments (including production)

If you want to use the LiveDashboard in production, you should put it behind some authentication and allow only admins to access it. If your application does not have an admins-only section yet, you can use Plug.BasicAuth to set up some basic authentication as long as you are also using SSL (which you should anyway):

# lib/my_app_web/router.ex
use MyAppWeb, :router
import Phoenix.LiveDashboard.Router

...

pipeline :admins_only do
  plug :admin_basic_auth
end

scope "/" do
  pipe_through [:browser, :admins_only]
  live_dashboard "/dashboard"
end

defp admin_basic_auth(conn, _opts) do
  username = System.fetch_env!("AUTH_USERNAME")
  password = System.fetch_env!("AUTH_PASSWORD")
  Plug.BasicAuth.basic_auth(conn, username: username, password: password)
end

If you are running your application behind a proxy or a webserver, you also have to make sure they are configured for allowing WebSocket upgrades. For example, here is an article on how to configure Nginx with Phoenix and WebSockets.

Finally, you will also want to configure your config/prod.exs and use your domain name under the check_origin configuration:

check_origin: ["//myapp.com"]

Then you should be good to go!

Contributing

For those planning to contribute to this project, you can run a dev version of the dashboard with the following commands:

$ mix setup
$ mix dev

Alternatively, run iex -S mix dev if you also want a shell.

Assets are minimized by default. If you'd like to skip assets optimization and run webpack in development mode you can do it using the NODE_ENV environment variable:

$ NODE_ENV=development mix dev

or

$ NODE_ENV=development iex -S mix dev

License

MIT License. Copyright (c) 2019 Michael Crumm, Chris McCord, José Valim.


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