This article presents a super simple starter coded in Flask, on top of a popular FREE admin dashboard design AdminLTE, an open-source project actively supported by 150+ contributors.
The project is released under the MIT license and is supported via Github (issues tracker) and Discord - AppSeed LIVE support service.
Using a starter to develop a new project, might help you to win some time based on the fact that the basic modules and configuration is already done and tested by others. Of course, this is not helpful all the time, and personally I'm using starters in two cases:
- Super simple projects
- Projects a little bit complex, when I need some assistance
For me, in most of my projects, I need a basic authentication, a database, a decent ORM, and pre-configured deployment scrips. Well, this starter presented here, offer all those features "out-of-the-box".
For more information, please access the product page or get in touch with the support team that centralizes and processes all starter issues.
To build locally this free starter, we need to have a prepared environment, where Python3 is the main requirement. If you are not sure if Python is properly installed, please open a terminal and type python --version. The full-list with dependencies and tools required to build the app:
- Python3 - the programming language used to code the app
- GIT - used to clone the source code from the Github repository
- Basic development tools (g++ compiler, python development libraries ..etc) used by Python to compile the app dependencies in your environment.
Build the app
$ # Get the code $ git clone https://github.com/app-generator/flask-dashboard-adminlte.git $ cd flask-dashboard-adminlte $ $ # Virtualenv modules installation (Unix based systems) $ virtualenv env $ source env/bin/activate $ $ # Install modules - SQLite Database $ pip3 install -r requirements.txt $ $ # Set the FLASK_APP environment variable $ export FLASK_APP=run.py $ $ # Start the application (development mode) $ # --host=0.0.0.0 - expose the app on all network interfaces (default 127.0.0.1) $ # --port=5000 - specify the app port (default 5000) $ flask run --host=0.0.0.0 --port=5000 $ $ # Access the dashboard in browser: http://127.0.0.1:5000/
Note: To use the app, please access the registration page and create a new user. After authentication, the app will unlock the private pages.
The project is coded using blueprints, app factory pattern, dual configuration profile (development and production), and an intuitive structure presented bellow:
< PROJECT ROOT > | |-- app/ # Implements app logic | |-- base/ # Base Blueprint - handles the authentication | |-- home/ # Home Blueprint - serve UI Kit pages | | | __init__.py # Initialize the app | |-- requirements.txt # Development modules - SQLite storage |-- requirements-mysql.txt # Production modules - Mysql DMBS |-- requirements-pqsql.txt # Production modules - PostgreSql DMBS | |-- .env # Inject Configuration via Environment |-- config.py # Set up the app |-- run.py # Start the app - WSGI gateway | |-- ************************************************************************
Bonus - Deploy on Heroku
For newcomers, Heroku is a great platform for automated deployments. Using this platform, we can deploy Flask, Django project with ease - Flask AdminLTE it's a living sample:
Steps to deploy on Heroku
- Create a FREE account on Heroku platform
- Install the Heroku CLI that match your OS: Mac, Unix or Windows
- Open a terminal window and authenticate via
- Clone the sources and push the project for LIVE deployment
$ # Clone the source code: $ git clone https://github.com/app-generator/flask-dashboard-adminlte.git $ cd flask-dashboard-adminlte $ $ # Check Heroku CLI is installed $ heroku -v heroku/7.25.0 win32-x64 node-v12.13.0 # <-- All good $ $ # Check Heroku CLI is installed $ heroku login $ # this commaond will open a browser window - click the login button (in browser) $ $ # Create the Heroku project $ heroku create $ $ # Trigger the LIVE deploy $ git push heroku master $ $ # Open the LIVE app in browser $ heroku open
That was super easy, right?
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