FlyteConsole is the web UI for the Flyte platform. Here’s a video that dives into the graph UX:
Before we can run the server, we need to set up an environment variable or two.
ADMIN_API_URL (default: window.location.origin)
FlyteConsole displays information fetched from the FlyteAdmin API. This environment variable specifies the host prefix used in constructing API requests.
This is only the host portion of the API endpoint, consisting of the protocol, domain, and port (if not using the standard 80/443).
This value will be combined with a suffix (such as
/api/v1) to construct the
final URL used in an API request.
In most cases,
FlyteConsole is hosted in the same cluster as the Admin
API, meaning that the domain used to access the console is the same as that used to
access the API. For this reason, if no value is set for
default behavior is to use the value of window.location.origin.
``BASE_URL`` (default: ``undefined``)
This allows running the console at a prefix on the target host. This is
necessary when hosting the API and console on the same domain (with prefixes of
/console for example). For local development, this is
usually not needed, so the default behavior is to run without a prefix.
``CORS_PROXY_PREFIX`` (default: ``/cors_proxy``)
Sets the local endpoint for CORS request proxying.
Run the Server#
To start the local development server, run
yarn start. This will spin up a
Webpack development server, compile all of the code into bundles, and start the
NodeJS server on the default port (3000). All requests to the NodeJS server will
be stalled until the bundles have finished. The application will be accessible
at http://localhost:3000 (if using the default port).
FlyteConsole uses Storybook.
Component stories live next to the components they test in the
directory with the filename pattern
You can run storybook with
npm run storybook, and view the stories at http://localhost:9001.
Protobuf and the Network tab#
Communication with the FlyteAdmin API is done using Protobuf as the request/response format. Protobuf is a binary format, which means looking at responses in the Network tab won’t be helpful. To make debugging easier, each network request is logged to the console with its URL, followed by the decoded Protobuf payload. You must have debug output enabled (on by default in development) to see these messages.
This application makes use of the debug
library to provide namespaced debug output in the browser console. In
development, all debug output is enabled. For other environments, the debug
output must be enabled manually. You can do this by setting a flag in
localStorage using the console:
localStorage.debug = 'flyte:*'. Each module in
the application sets its own namespace. So if you’d like to only view output for
a single module, you can specify that one specifically
localStorage.debug = 'flyte:adminEntity' to only see decoded Flyte
Admin API requests).
In the common hosting arrangement, all API requests are made to the same origin
serving the client application, making CORS unnecessary. For any requests which
do not share the same
origin value, the client application will route
requests through a special endpoint on the NodeJS server. One example would be
hosting the Admin API on a different domain than the console. Another example is fetching execution data from external storage such as S3. This is done to
minimize the extra configuration required for ingress to the Admin API
and data storage, as well as to simplify local development of the console without
the need to grant CORS access to
The requests and responses are piped through the NodeJS server with minimal overhead. However, it is still recommended to host the Admin API and console on the same domain to prevent unnecessary load on the NodeJS server and extra latency on API requests due to the additional hop.