The dashboard provides a special secure Websocket endpoint wss:// This is a read-only notifications endpoint. Each notification is a JSON object with three keys:

  • name: notification name, e.g. "online", "offline", "", "rpc.out.Log"
  • id: an ID of a device that generated the event
  • data: optional notification-specific data.

The online and offline events are generated by the dashboard. The rpc.out.* events are generated by the device: these are JSON-RPC requests without an ID (notifications). For example, dash library forwards all device logs to the dashboard as Log RPC calls, thus generating rpc.out.Log events. RPC call to the device generate* events.

The dashboard UI uses /api/v2/notify endpoint in order to catch state changes. Login to the dashboard and open the developer tools / network / WS panel to see it in action.

How to catch notifications from all devices

You can implement your own service that attaches to the /api/v2/notify, for example in Node JS (don't forget to substitute API_TOKEN with your real API access token):

const Websocket = require('ws');
const addr = 'wss://';
const ws = new Websocket(addr, { origin: addr });
ws.on('message', msg => console.log('Got message:', msg.toString()));

How to send a notification from your device

The API is documented at mDash API. Below are quick examples.

In C/C++:

mgos_dash_notifyf("MyStat", "{temperature: %f}", 12.34);

In JavaScript:

Dash.notify('MyStat', {temperature: 12.34});

Note that the format of data is arbitrary - it could be anything: a number, a string, an array, or a complex nested object. It's up to you. In this example, a simple object {"temperature": 12.34} is used. The example generates the following notification:

  "id": "DEVICE_ID",        // This is the device ID that generated notification
  "name": "rpc.out.MyStat", // "rpc.out.EVENT_NAME", in our case rpc.out.MyStat
  "data": {"temperature": 12.34}  // Your event payload - arbitrary

Further possible actions:

  • Catch this notification (see section above) and do your custom action
  • Modify the PWA mobile app, which catches all notifications, and show the data somehow to the user
  • Save the data automatically to the database, and graph it. See Data Storage section
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