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    A simple charting application for DataFair. Also used as an example for the documentation and to bootstrap other applications.

    It is hosted by npm and the jsdelivr CDN.

    An example configuration can be found here, it uses this dataset.


    DataFair is an Open Source Web software developped by Koumoul for publishing data online with complete search and aggregation capabilities, metadata management, mapping functionalities, access control, etc. It can be used as a back office for Open Data platforms, data visualizations , custom search engines and other applications.

    DataFair comes with functionalities to facilitate the development, deployment and configuration of small data consuming applications. data-fair-charts is an example of such an application.

    Technical stack

    This technical stack is just an example of what can be used to build an application for DataFair. It is a quite rich stack for a state of the art development environment. For an application with a more minimalist stack, you can see data-fair-minimal.

    • vuejs: our favorite framework for client-side code
    • nuxt: a higher level framework on top of vuejs for creating full applications (integrates webpack and other tools)
    • vuetify: a material design UI framework for vuejs
    • chartjs: simple charting library

    Development Setup

    Start by downloading, cloning or forking this repository:

    git clone
    cd data-fair-charts

    After a few seconds you can check that data-fair is up at this url. You can click on the links to log in with a new user, emails will be sent to a virtual mail server that you can access here.

    Create a dataset in your data-fair instance. You can use this public dataset for example.

    Install nodejs dependencies for the development environment:


    Run the development server and serve the application with hot reload here:

    npm run dev

    You can now add an application configuration pointing to http://localhost:3000 in your data-fair instance. Edit the configuration, edit the code source, etc.

    DataFair application specificity

    A DataFair application is mostly like any Web application. You can consume DataFair APIs from any framework for example. But for a seamless integration and multi-configuration management by DataFair you need to respect a few conventions. The following sections are a focus on the files that implement these conventions.


    The configuration file for the Nuxt framework. The important part for DataFair is the presence of the meta properties "title" and "description".


    A JSON schema file that describes the expected configuration. DataFair expects this file to be found at the precise path %MY APP%/config-schema.json.

    The content of this JSON schema is extended with some annotations used by DataFair to automatically create a configuration form. The details of these annotations can be found in demo of the library we maintain to create these forms: vuetify-jsonschema-form.


    This the root template used to generate the HTML pages of this application. The key element here is this line:

    <script type="text/javascript">window.APPLICATION=%APPLICATION%;</script>

    The string %APPLICATION% will be replaced automaticaly by the actual content of the configuration, when this application is re-exposed by DataFair. Later code can use the global variable APPLICATION to start interacting with the DataFair API.


    Simply publish the project on the global npm registry (you need to be member of the owner organization).

    npm version PATCH|MINOR|MAJOR
    npm publish
    git push && git push --tags

    If the release is a bug fix and you don't want to wait 24h (the cache delay of jsdelivr), you can purge the cache for the index.html file of the minor version in the CDN:


    To publish a version for testing purposes you can tag it as a pre-release and publish it with the tag "staging".

    npm version prerelease --preid=staging
    npm publish --tag staging
    git push && git push --tags




    npm i @koumoul/data-fair-charts

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