You can create a quick and simple UI for your electronics project using Dashboards in Adafruit IO. Dashboard blocks such as charts, sliders, and buttons are available to help you quickly create an interactive dashboard for your IoT Project without the need for any custom code.

Before you start with this guide, you should read through the Adafruit IO Basics: Feeds guide first. Adafruit IO Dashboards use feeds to know what they have to display, and familiarity with the process of creating and saving data to feeds in Adafruit IO is required for this guide.


Feeds are the core of the Adafruit IO system. A feed holds data and meta-data that you have sent to Adafruit IO. 

Data is the information you want Adafruit IO to store. For example, temperature data, fan speed, or whether a light switch is turned on or off. Note that the data does not have to represent a physical thing, but it often does!

Meta-data includes settings for whether the data is public or private, what license the stored sensor data falls under, and a general description of the data for humans to read.

Since feeds are used by Adafruit IO Dashboards, you may first want to read through the "Adafruit IO Basics: Feeds" guide to familiarize yourself with how feeds work.


Adafruit IO includes 20 different types of blocks (interactive widgets) to add to your dashboard. Each block is tied to one or more Adafruit IO feeds. 

The interactivity of a block depends on the block's type. Some blocks are intended to display the feed's value while others may write a value to a feed.

For a full list of blocks, you can add to your dashboard, visit this page >>>


Adafruit IO Dashboards start out as a blank webpage. From this page, you can add blocks, to create an interactive webpage to interact with (or view) your electronics project.

You can also share your dashboard with friends, classmates, students, or colleagues.

This guide was first published on Apr 21, 2015. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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