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Server Status Squares: A Dashing Dashboard Widget to represent a Server Status as a Colored Square.

Server Status Squares

A Dashing widget that checks whether a server is responding to either an http or ping request using smaller squares to represent its status.

This is based off of the Server Status widget that willjohnson developed but modified to work across multiple squares rather than be one square with a list.


The widget updates the appropriate squares color upon determining its status. Statuses are as follows:

  • Blue represents a new square that hasn't had any data sent to it yet.
  • Green represents that the square is responding properly
  • Red represents that there is an issue. (Ping failed, non 200 response, etc.)


Setup - Manual

  1. Move server_status_squares.erb into your dashboards directory.

  2. Create a directory called server_status_squares under your widgets directory and move the following under it:

    • server_status_squares.html
    • server_status_squares.scss
  3. Move server_status_squares.rb into your jobs directory.

  4. Run Dashing and navigate to http://localhost:3030/server_status_squares which will show this example dashboard:

Setup - Auto

  1. Within your dashing project do dashing install 9588819

  2. Move server_status_squares.erb into your dashboards directory.

  3. Run Dashing and navigate to http://localhost:3030/server_status_squares which will show the above example dashboard.


To add a new server, add the following into your dashboard:

<li data-row="2" data-col="4" data-sizex="1" data-sizey="1">
    <div data-id="sss-mynewserver" data-view="ServerStatusSquares" data-title="My Server"></div>

Then in your server_status_squares.rb file within the jobs directory adjust the servers array to add a new entry:

{name: 'sss-mynewserver', url: '', method: 'ping'},

You need to ensure that the data-id of the dashboard entry matches the name in the new servers array entry.

I use the sss- prefix so I know its a Server Status Squares entry.


Managing large number of servers
Depending on the number of squares you want to manage and the polling duration you may want to create multiple Server Status Squares jobs.

For example if you have say 60 servers listed and it runs every 60 seconds you may run into issues with jobs overlapping.

Adjusting polling duration
To adjust the polling duration, open up the server_status_squares.rb job file and modify the main scheduler line which is currently set at 60 seconds. The line is:

SCHEDULER.every '60s', :first_in => 0 do |job|

You can modify the '60s' to be any number for seconds. To configure it to 5 minutes you can do '5m'.

Cube Sizing
I've found that doing a Dashing.widget_base_dimensions = [170, 170] works best to fit an optimal number of Squares on a 1080p Dashboard as you can do 10 across and 6 down for a total of 60 Squares.

This can provide you a quick glance system to see if there are any issues with any of the servers as the Red Square will stand out in the sea (of hopefully) Green Squares.

You can still create squares that are almost the same size as the Example dashboards base squares by setting data-sizex="2" data-sizey="2" for the li entry. You can see this in the server_status_squares.erb file for the Clock. (It will be shorter vertically by 30px.)

To manually update the data of the widget, you can update via HTTP as described in the Dashing Data section. To do this, find the data-id of the ServerStatusSquares widget and send it "result": 1 if its up or "result": 0 if its down.

For example with the server_status_squares dashboard that was provided, the New Server square isn't hooked up to the server_status_squares.rb job.

You can update it to show that is is up with:

curl -d '{ "auth_token": "YOUR_AUTH_TOKEN", "result": 1 }' http://localhost:3030/widgets/sss-newserver

Or that it is down with:

curl -d '{ "auth_token": "YOUR_AUTH_TOKEN", "result": 0 }' http://localhost:3030/widgets/sss-newserver
class Dashing.ServerStatusSquares extends Dashing.Widget
onData: (data) ->
color = if data.result == 1 then "#96BF48" else "#BF4848"
$(@get('node')).css('background-color', "#{color}")
<script type='text/javascript'>
$(function() {
Dashing.widget_base_dimensions = [170, 170]
Dashing.numColumns = 10
<% content_for :title do %>Status Status Squares<% end %>
<div class="gridster">
<li data-row="2" data-col="1" data-sizex="2" data-sizey="2">
<div data-view="Clock" style="background-color: #4b4b4b"></div>
<i class="icon-time icon-background"></i>
<li data-row="1" data-col="1" data-sizex="2" data-sizey="1">
<div data-id="welcome" data-view="Text" data-title="Server Status Squares" style="background-color: #4b4b4b"></div>
<li data-row="1" data-col="3" data-sizex="1" data-sizey="1">
<div data-id="sss-gateway" data-view="ServerStatusSquares" data-title="Gateway"></div>
<li data-row="1" data-col="4" data-sizex="1" data-sizey="1">
<div data-id="sss-reddit" data-view="ServerStatusSquares" data-title="Reddit"></div>
<li data-row="1" data-col="5" data-sizex="1" data-sizey="1">
<div data-id="sss-github" data-view="ServerStatusSquares" data-title="Github"></div>
<li data-row="2" data-col="3" data-sizex="1" data-sizey="1">
<div data-id="sss-brokenserver" data-view="ServerStatusSquares" data-title="Broken Server"></div>
<li data-row="2" data-col="4" data-sizex="1" data-sizey="1">
<div data-id="sss-newserver" data-view="ServerStatusSquares" data-title="New Server"></div>
<h1 class="title" data-bind="title"></h1>
<p class="updated-at" data-bind="updatedAtMessage"></p>
#!/usr/bin/env ruby
require 'net/http'
require 'uri'
### Global Config
# httptimeout => Number in seconds for HTTP Timeout. Set to ruby default of 60 seconds.
# ping_count => Number of pings to perform for the ping method
httptimeout = 60
ping_count = 10
# Check whether a server is Responding you can set a server to
# check via http request or ping
# Server Options
# name
# => The name of the Server Status Tile to Update
# url
# => Either a website url or an IP address. Do not include https:// when using ping method.
# method
# => http
# => ping
# Notes:
# => If the server you're checking redirects (from http to https for example)
# the check will return false
servers = [
{name: 'sss-gateway', url: '', method: 'ping'},
{name: 'sss-reddit', url: '', method: 'http'},
{name: 'sss-github', url: '', method: 'http'},
{name: 'sss-brokenserver', url: '', method: 'ping'},
SCHEDULER.every '1m', :first_in => 0 do |job|
servers.each do |server|
if server[:method] == 'http'
uri = URI.parse(server[:url])
http =, uri.port)
http.read_timeout = httptimeout
if uri.scheme == "https"
http.verify_mode = OpenSSL::SSL::VERIFY_NONE
request =
response = http.request(request)
if response.code == "200"
result = 1
result = 0
rescue Timeout::Error
result = 0
rescue Errno::ETIMEDOUT
result = 0
rescue Errno::EHOSTUNREACH
result = 0
rescue Errno::ECONNREFUSED
result = 0
rescue SocketError => e
result = 0
elsif server[:method] == 'ping'
result = `ping -q -c #{ping_count} #{server[:url]}`
if ($?.exitstatus == 0)
result = 1
result = 0
send_event(server[:name], result: result)
// ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
// Widget Styles
// ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
.widget-server-status-squares {
background-color: #12b0c5;
vertical-align: top;
.title {
color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.7);
font-size: 25px;
.updated-at {
color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3);
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kylezero commented Mar 8, 2018

I am using this widget and I love it. However, I'd like to change the "okay" green color to a different shade. When I edit the coffee file (which seems like the obvious place) it doesn't take effect no matter what I try. The only thing I haven't tried is a full reboot of the dashing server. Any idea how to edit those colors and make it stick? Here's my edit-

onData: (data) ->
color = if data.result == 1 then "#00C176" else "#BF4848"
$(@get('node')).css('background-color', "#{color}")

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