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Custom Panels

Panels are modular units of data visualization that exist within the Insights module. Each panel exists within a Dashboard and can be positioned and resized as needed. Learn more about Panels.

Extension Entrypoint

The entrypoint of your panel is the index file inside the src/ folder of your extension package. It exports a configuration object with options to configure the behavior of your panel. When loading your panel, this object is imported by the Directus host.

Example of an entrypoint:

import PanelComponent from './panel.vue';

export default {
	id: 'custom',
	name: 'Custom',
	icon: 'box',
	description: 'This is my custom panel!',
	component: PanelComponent,
	options: [
			field: 'text',
			name: 'Text',
			type: 'string',
			meta: {
				interface: 'input',
				width: 'full',
	minWidth: 12,
	minHeight: 8,

Available Options

  • id — The unique key for this panel. It is good practice to scope proprietary panels with an author prefix.
  • name — The human-readable name for this panel.
  • icon — An icon name from the material icon set, or the extended list of Directus custom icons.
  • description — A short description (<80 characters) of this panel shown in the App.
  • component — A reference to your panel component.
  • options — The options of your panel. Can be either an options object or a dedicated Vue component.
  • minWidth - The minimum width in grid units of your panel on a dashboard.
  • minHeight - The minimum height in grid units of your panel on a dashboard.

Panel Component

The panel component is the part of your extension that will be rendered by the Directus App whenever your panel should be used for data visualization in a dashboard within the Insights module. This panel component has to be Vue component. The most straightforward way to write a Vue component is to use the Vue Single File Component syntax.

Example of a panel component using the Vue SFC syntax:

	<div class="text" :class="{ 'has-header': showHeader }">
		{{ text }}

export default {
	props: {
		showHeader: {
			type: Boolean,
			default: false,
		text: {
			type: String,
			default: '',

<style scoped>
.text {
	padding: 12px;

.text.has-header {
	padding: 0 12px;

Available Props

  • showHeader boolean — Whether the header is shown. Useful for alternative styling based on the extra/reduced space.
  • dashboard uuid - The UUID string of the dashboard containing the panel.
  • height number - The current configured height of the panel.
  • width number - The current configured width of the panel.
  • now Date - The Date object as of the moment of viewing the dashboard containing the panel.

Vue Version

The Directus App uses Vue 3. There might be 3rd party libraries that aren't yet compatible with Vue 3.

Accessing Internal Systems

To access internal systems like the API or the stores, you can use the useApi() and useStores() composables exported by the @directus/extensions-sdk package. They can be used inside a setup() function like this:

import { useApi, useStores } from '@directus/extensions-sdk';

export default {
	setup() {
		const api = useApi();

		const { useCollectionsStore } = useStores();
		const collectionsStore = useCollectionsStore();

		// ...

Vue Options API

If you prefer to use the Vue Options API, you can inject the api and stores properties directly.