Steampipe plugin for RSpace ELN

This plugin provides some access to RSpave resources via the activity/ and documents/ API using Steampipe. It’s a prototype dashboard that can show various metrics about RSapace activity. It also supports the notions of ‘controls’ that can provided alerts or warnings about good practices.

A Docker image with embedded RSpace dashboard is available:

To run the Dashboard, get the image

docker pull otter606/rspace-steampipe:0.0.1

Set an API key and URL for your RSpace in environment variables, e.g.

export RSPACE_API_KEY="abcdefg"
export RSPACE_URL=https://path/to/yourRSpace/

Note the trailing ‘/’ is required on the URL.

Basic command to launch dashboard

To run the dashboard:

docker run --rm  --name rspace-dashboard -p9194:9194 -eRSPACE_API_KEY -e RSPACE_URL otter606/rspace-steampipe:0.0.1 

And open your browser at http://localhost:9194/local.dashboard.rspace_dashboard

You should see a dashboard illustrating some stats about RSpace activity. There is an ‘Untitled documents’ benchmark which lists documents with no name. Having too many untitled documents can make it hard to find or search for content.


The Dashboard can show charts, tables and alerts. The above command will remove the Docker container when you stop it using Ctrl-C.

Running queries

You can run the container as a long-running process:

docker run -d  --name rspace-dashboard -p9194:9194 -eRSPACE_API_KEY -eRSPACE_URL otter606/rspace-steampipe:0.0.1

and then access the Steampipe query command line to execute arbitrary queries:

docker exec -it rspace-dashboard steampipe query 

> select timestamp, payload->>'name' from rspace_event where domain='RECORD' and action='CREATE' and username='bbayham';

Currently only ‘AND’ is handled and only one domain, action or username can be passed in as an argument.

Getting reports in CSV format

You can pass in a query on the command line and specify an output format (csv or json):

docker exec -it rspace-dashboard steampipe query\
 "select timestamp, payload->>'name' as name, payload ->>'id' as id from rspace_event where domain='RECORD' and action='CREATE'" --output csv

Modifying the dashboard

There are 2 ways you can access the configuration files that generate the dashboard widgets. Both have identical results. Choose whatever you are most comfortable with. After saving the file, the dashboard automatically updates.

Refer to the Steampipe docs on how to declare dashboards and controls

1. Modifying the file inside Docker container

You can access the container via

docker exec -it rspace-dashboard /bin/bash

vim and nano editors are installed to edit the control_events.sp and rspace_dashboard.sp files.

docker exec -it rspace-dashboard /bin/bash

2. Mounting the dashboard files directly into the container

Alternatively, you can pull the dashboard project from Github

git clone --depth 1 -bv0.0.1

You can them mount the clone reop inside the Docker container, and edit it with any editor you have installed on your computer. Change the ‘src’ attribute in the command below to match the location of the cloned repo on your system.

docker run -d  --name rspace-dashboard -p9194:9194 -eRSPACE_API_KEY -e RSPACE_URL --mount type=bind,src=/absolute/path/to/cloned/gitrepo/steampipe-mod-rspace,dst=/git/mod-rspace otter606/rspace-steampipe:0.0.1

Please suggest any information you’d like to see in the dashboard.


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