Assigned BNT-7 - DFX Dashboard GUI - A native app


Status: Completed
Project Type: Traditional - One applicant is selected to work on the task.
Time Commitment: Weeks
Experience Level: Advanced
Size: USD 10’000 in ICP (at time of distribution)


A cross-platform native application that provides a graphical abstraction of key dfx capabilities.

For example, the ability to call canisters with arguments is typically done through the command line using dfx - this process requires forming method arguments into a string, including escaping double quotes and ensuring brackets are properly closed. This is error-prone and cumbersome. Instead, a DFX Dashboard GUI would provide such a capability by exposing a form in the UI that would allow a user to compose canister arguments and call a canister with the click of a button.

In addition, a DFX Dashboard would provide better interoperability between the local dfx identity, and Internet Identity, helping us move towards our goal of a more seamless transition between the two.

Use Cases

  • editing of dfx.json schema
  • calling canisters with arguments; providing the ability to compose canister arguments through a form-based UI
  • making dfx identity portable through an integration with Internet Identity
  • provide better discoverability of dfx commands / capabilities
  • improve user experience by replacing the terminal for a number of use cases where using the terminal is awkward.


  • ability to log-in with, and interoperate with Internet Identity
  • ability to compose canister arguments through the UI; call canisters with arguments
  • ability to edit JSON configurations used by dfx (e.g. dfx.json, networks.json, ic-assets.json)

Acceptance Criteria

  • Open Source license (MIT)
  • Running on Mac OSX, Linux and Windows


  • This could be a starting point for a DFINITY Developer Grant to further improve the developer experience.

How to apply?

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Isn’t this already achieved by Mora Light?


Hi, I recommend Light. It seems to fit the bill. I use the tool based on Light to query the computing power and income of EMC projects every day. (Mora - Eternal Fellowship)

Light is lightweight, cross-platform, easy to use, and does not require users to understand the motoko language.

Light’s introduction: Mora - Eternal Fellowship

If you want to try it, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Light already did this. mate


So I am guessing light is a native app?

Light already did this. mate

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Everybody can use and make a tool by light on Mora. its a cool tool.

Show me a video. I really don’t want to try it. The UX looks complicated.

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@Mora Light already did this. mate


It already run on IC.


Show me vid of this use case.

Why not just use JSON. Why complicate the UI?

Are you a dev? you also can ignore UI, just use programmer code. mate

It really used very easily and useful .

show me. I don’t want to create an account. Last time I tried it asked me to spam my twitter account.

Light already did this. mate

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Very helpful. I can see that from just reading text. Show me an example of how it works using a complicated scenario. I also think the description of this post needs more clarification as to what it wants. Like do you want it to be like Postman or like Scratch?

Amazing! Light is a big project

Not everyone knows how to use json. Light uses UI instead of json to reduce programming requirements. Even you don’t know what is json or motoko. This is a miracle. Currently in the dapps of Dfinty, it is absolutely advanced and fantastic.

Most programmers know how to use JSON. Most people can learn JSON in like a few days at most. UI just complicates things. I just want examples of how it is being used and how it can help with the proposal outline above.

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