Anvil’s how-to guides show you how to accomplish specific tasks. These tasks are small use-cases that appear often in Anvil apps.
These how-to guides cover multiple topics. If you’re looking for guides relevant to one topic or component in Anvil, please refer to the relevant section of the reference docs.
Customising your font
Learn how to customise your app using Google Fonts
CRUD best practice
An overview of Anvil's best practice for building CRUD apps
Custom Material Design 3 colour schemes
Create a custom colour scheme compatible with the Material Design 3 theme
Custom user authentication
Anvil's Users Service is simple but also flexible. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use the Python APIs to take full control of the authentication system, or build something entirely custom.
How to make plots in Anvil using most popular plotting libraries.
Dropdowns and Data Tables
Use DropDown components to select rows from data tables
Expand and collapse sections of pages
Create expandable/collapsable sections of pages
Visualise data from an external database
Build a dashboard that pulls data from a business database, and displays it on the web
Using a REST API
Use the GitHub REST API from an Anvil app, and solve a common configuration problem with the power of Git.
Embed a Webpage in an Anvil App
Embed a Website in an Anvil App using an iframe
Apps in development and production
It is common to want to run the same app in both development and production, connected to different Data Tables. We walk through the steps involved in setting up Development and Production versions of an Anvil app, with separate Data Tables and URLs.
Using Plotly Express in Anvil
Learn how to create plots on your server module with Plotly Express and display them on your client side.
Switching apps to client-side Python 3
You may have some apps that use Python 2 on the client side. Use this guide to convert them to use Python 3.
Upload a file directly to S3
Learn how to upload large files directly to Amazon s3 or a similar service.
Converting an app to use Packages
You may have some apps that pre-date the introduction of Packages. Use this guide to convert them to use Pacakges.
Set up an SSH key on Linux
If you want to `git clone` an Anvil app from the editor onto your machine, you'll need to prove who you are. The most robust way to authenticate Git access is to set up an SSH key.
How to deploy an Anvil app to an Amazon Lightsail server
In this guide, we will demonstrate how to deploy an Anvil app to an Amazon Web Service Lightsail instance.
How to deploy an Anvil app to Microsoft Azure
In this guide, we will demonstrate how to deploy an Anvil app to a Microsoft Azure virtual machine.
How to deploy an Anvil app to a DigitalOcean Droplet
In this guide, we will demonstrate how to deploy an Anvil app to a DigitalOcean Droplet.
How to deploy an Anvil app to Google Compute Engine
In this guide, we will demonstrate how to deploy an Anvil app to a Google Cloud Compute Engine.
How to deploy an Anvil app on Linode
In this guide, we will demonstrate how to deploy an Anvil app to Linode.
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