By default, dashboards on Adafruit IO are set to private. This makes the dashboard visible to only you. You'll be the only person able to view, edit, and modify both the dashboard and the values of the feeds.

But what if you'd like to share the dashboard showing your apartment's current temperature with your roommates? 

You'll want to make your dashboard public.

Sharing an Adafruit IO Dashboard

Unlike the process for sharing a feed, Adafruit IO does not have the ability to selectively allow certain Adafruit IO accounts to view your Dashboard. 

About Sharing an Adafruit IO Dashboard

When someone views a shared Adafruit IO Dashboard without an Adafruit IO Account, the dashboard will not display streaming data, it'll display the values of the public feeds on the dashboard at the time of accessing the page. 

Adafruit IO Public dashboards are view-only: clicking any input blocks (such as buttons or sliders) on the dashboard will not update the feeds.

Sharing a dashboard also sets all the feeds on your dashboard from privately viewable to publicly viewable.

  • This means that when you publish your Adafruit IO dashboard, you are publishing the dashboard and all its feeds to everybody with both the link to your dashboard and an Adafruit IO account. Therefore, when sharing a dashboard with others, be careful of whom you share the link with.

On the top right-hand side of your dashboard page, click the gear icon.

Click the toggle next to Dashboard Privacy.

Click Confirm.

Viewing Someone Else's Adafruit IO Dashboard

If you are logged out of Adafruit IO and viewing a dashboard shared with you, you will not see updated data. The data on the dashboard reflects the state of the feeds at the time you accessed the page.

When you log into your Adafruit IO account and visit a dashboard link shared with you, you'll have full access to view the live streaming data from feeds on the dashboard. What you see - they see.

Though, there are some limitations. If you are viewing someone else's dashboard, you're not able to modify it by moving blocks around, resizing blocks, or adding to the blocks on the page. The blocks (and the dashboard layout) are static and belong to the person who created the dashboard. 

Tracking your Shared Data on Adafruit IO

If you've shared a few dashboards or feeds and would like to keep track of them - You can check what's viewable from visiting Your Shared Data page on Adafruit IO.

From here, you'll be able to see all the data which you've chosen to make public - like your feeds, and dashboards.

If you'd like to restrict a specific piece of data to individual people only, you might want to share a feed instead of a dashboard.

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

This page (Sharing a Dashboard) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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