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Manage Extensions in React

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You can access extensions to customize the Web Dashboard control. The extension is an independent JavaScript module/class that adds specific functionality to the control. For example, the DashboardExportExtension enables users to export dashboard data, the DashboardParameterDialogExtension manages dashboard parameters, and the ToolboxExtension allows you to customize the Toolbox. Each object implements the IExtension interface.

View the DevExpress.Dashboard.Designer module to find extensions used in the Web Dashboard when it operates as a designer. The DevExpress.Dashboard contains extensions used both in Designer and Viewer modes. You can use the DashboardControl.extensions property to get an array of registered extensions you can customize.

Specify Extension Options

You can use the extensions property to access registered extension settings. Import the Extensions module and the module that corresponds to the extension you want to configure. The code changes the DataInspectorExtension options to enable the Data Inspector:

import DashboardControl, { Extensions, DataInspector } from 'devexpress-dashboard-react';

function App() {
    return (
        <div style={{ position : 'absolute', top : '0px', left: '0px', right : '0px', bottom: '0px' }}>
            <DashboardControl style={{ height: '90%' }} 
                endpoint="http://localhost:5000/api/dashboard">
                <Extensions>
                    <DataInspector 
                    allowInspectAggregatedData="true"
                    allowInspectRawData="true"/>
                </Extensions>
            </DashboardControl>
        </div>
    );
};

Remove an Extension

You can unregister the extension to remove specific functionality from the Web Dashboard. For example, you can remove the export functionality if you unregister the DashboardExportExtension.

To remove the registered extension, handle the onBeforeRender event and get the e.component property to get the DashboardControl instance. Call the DashboardControl.unregisterExtension method and pass the extension unique name as a parameter. The following code unregisters the CreateDashboardExtension and removes the ‘New…’ item from the dashboard menu:

import DashboardControl from 'devexpress-dashboard-react';

function onBeforeRender(e){
  var dashboardControl = e.component;
  dashboardControl.unregisterExtension('createDashboard');
}

function App() {
    return (
        <div style={{ position : 'absolute', top : '0px', left: '0px', right : '0px', bottom: '0px' }}>
            <DashboardControl style={{ height: '90%' }} 
                endpoint="https://demos.devexpress.com/services/dashboard/api"
                workingMode="Designer"
                onBeforeRender = { onBeforeRender }
            ></DashboardControl>
        </div>
    );
};

Register a New Extension

Import the extension module. Register an extension in the onBeforeRender event handler. Use the e.component property to get the DashboardControl instance. Pass the extension instance as the control’s registerExtension method parameter.

The code below registers the imported DashboardPanelExtension and the HelloWorld custom item from the external HelloWorld.js file:

import DashboardControl from 'devexpress-dashboard-react';
import {DashboardPanelExtension} from 'devexpress-dashboard/common';
import HelloWorldItem from './HelloWorld';

function onBeforeRender(e) { 
    var dashboardControl = e.component;
    dashboardControl.registerExtension(new DashboardPanelExtension(dashboardControl));
    dashboardControl.registerExtension(new HelloWorldItem(dashboardControl));
}

function App() {
    return (
        <div style={{ position : 'absolute', top : '0px', left: '0px', right : '0px', bottom: '0px' }}>
            <DashboardControl style={{ height: '90%' }} 
                endpoint="https://demos.devexpress.com/services/dashboard/api"
                workingMode="Designer"
                onBeforeRender = { onBeforeRender }
            ></DashboardControl>
        </div>
    );
};

export default App;

More Examples

The following topic describes how to register the TextBoxItemEditorExtension: Enable Text Editor Functionality.

View the DevExpress.Dashboard.Designer module to find extensions used in the Web Dashboard when it operates as a designer. The DevExpress.Dashboard contains extensions used both in Designer and Viewer modes.