Using Streamlit to build a dashboard

In this tutorial we will see how to create a service with a graphical interface using a very convenient python package called streamlit.

With streamlit it is very quick to make graphical applications and this can be used together with Daeploy to make dashboards for monitoring or configuration of your algorithms, just to name a few examples. We will not go into detail into how to use streamlit itself, but rather how to deploy a streamlit application in Daeploy and have it communicate with your services.

Creating the Streamlit Service

Let’s reuse the Die Roller service we created as part of the Yatzee game in Cross-service Communication and create a roll button and a display for the die roll. We start by creating a new project:

>>> daeploy init 
project_name [my_project]: die_app

The first thing we have to do is to add streamlit to the requirements.txt file:


We rename to and write our streamlit app in that file:

import streamlit as st
from daeploy.communication import call_service

st.title("Die App")

roll = st.button("Roll")

if roll:
    data = call_service(service_name="die_roller", entrypoint_name="roll_die")


Notice how it does not end with like regular Daeploy services and therefore nothing would happen if we were to deploy the service now. To run streamlit apps we need to use the shell command streamlit run, so for to run when we deploy the service, we have to create a new file called that runs the shell command:

streamlit run

When a Daeploy service is deployed it will look for the environment variable APP_SCRIPT to decide which file should be run on start-up. It is by default but it can be changed by modifying the value of APP_SCRIPT in .s2i/environment:



APP_SCRIPT is different from APP_FILE. By using APP_SCRIPT we let s2i know to run that file as a script, rather than a python file. APP_SCRIPT can be any file that is executable in linux.

Deploying the Service

Since die_app is dependent of die_roller_service it has to be up and running before die_app can be used. The code for die_roller_service is:

import logging
from daeploy import service
from random import randint

logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

def roll_die() -> int:
    return randint(1, 6)

if __name__ == "__main__":
>>> daeploy deploy die_roller 1.0.0 ./die_roller_service 
Active host: http://your-host
Deploying service...
Service deployed successfully
------  -----------  ---------  --------  -----------------------------------
*       die_roller   1.0.0      running   Running (since 2020-12-15 12:10:25)

We can now deploy the streamlit app, like we would any other, with one important difference. Streamlit uses internal port 8501 to communicate so we have to explicitly set the port when deploying:

>>> daeploy deploy die_app 1.0.0 ./die_app --port 8501 
Active host: http://your-host
Deploying service...
Service deployed successfully
------  -------  ---------  --------  -----------------------------------
*       die_app  1.0.0      running   Running (since 2020-12-15 12:15:35)


Daeploy services created using the SDK use port 8000, which is the default port for daeploy deploy. But when deploying other apps it might be necessary to change it to not get a Bad Gateway.

Open http://your-host/services/die_app/ and you should see your app there:

Screenshot of streamlit service