Make a Flourish template in five minutes

Step 1: install the Flourish SDK

npm install -g @flourish/sdk

Step 2: create a new Flourish template

flourish new my_template

Step 3: run your new template in your browser

cd my_template flourish run

Your project should now be running on localhost:1685

Step 3: open src/index.js

The default blank template structure uses rollup to bundle javascript written in a src directory. This isn’t fixed but we’ll stick with it for now. Open the src/index.js and you’ll see the top-level Flourish structure:

  • the data object, that’s where user-editable data tables will be stored
  • the state object, which stores the visualisation’s current state
  • the draw() function, which is called when the visualisation loads
  • the update() function, which gets called everytime the data or state changes

Step 4: Add an element to the DOM

Let’s add an h1 element to our new template. In Flourish you can add elements directly into the template’s index.html file if you like, but let’s use code for this example. We only want to add the element once, so we’ll create it inside draw().

var h1 = document.createElement("h1");
document.body.appendChild(h1);

Step 5: update the <h1> from the state

Now, we want to create a user-facing setting to set the content and color of the <h1> element we just added. To do this we first need to add some properties to the template’s state:

export var state = {
h1_content: "Hello world!",
h1_color: "#333333"
}

Next we need to make sure the h1 always reflects the state’s values. We want this to happen every time something has changed, so we put it in update():

function update() {
document.querySelector("h1").innerHTML = state.h1_content;
document.querySelector("h1").style.color = state.h1_color;
}

Step 6: add a settings for text and color

Now that we are dynamically updatng the text and color of the h1 from the state, we can easily add a setting to let the end user change them. To do this, open template.yml and look for the settings block:

- property: h1_content
name: Title
type: string
- property: h1_color
name: Title color
type: color

If you go to your template preview, you should now see some settings in the panel on the right. Change them to make sure they work.

Step 7: publish your template

You can now publish your template to Flourish, so that other people can use it. To publish your template, you’ll first need to register (flourish register) or log in (flourish login). You can find more information about publishing to Flourish here.

flourish publish my_template

Next steps

And that’s it! If that didn’t work or you have questions, check our help pages. Otherwise, here are some follow up steps: