2.4. Managing Netvibes Widget

This section includes the following topics:

The Netvibes widget uses Universal Widget API (UWA) - a powerful framework for Web widgets development - for both Netvibes widgets and many various environments.

The UWA widget consists of combinations from XHTML/XML, JavaScript/Ajax, CSS code with the MIME type application/x-uwa-widget. In eXo IDE, you can create the Netvibes widget, preview it and deploy to the Netvibes Ecosystem.


If you want to get acquainted with writing your own widgets, refer to this page.

Creating Netvibes widget

Click on the toolbar and then select Netvibes Widget from the drop-down menu;

Or, go to FileNetvibes Widget from the top menu;

Or, right-click the folder to which you want to add a Netvibes widget file, then click NewNetvibes Widget from the top menu.

The new Netvibes widget file is opened in the editor, enabling you to edit and save it.

Previewing Netvibes widget

  1. Open your desired widget file in the Content panel.

  2. Click on the toolbar;

    Or, go to RunShow Preview from the top menu.

    The selected widget is opened in the Preview tab.

Deploying Netvibes widget to Netvibes Ecosystem

Netvibes widgets are placed in the remote system called Netvibes Ecosystem. This is the location where such widgets can be found and compiled for other platforms.

There are a couple of ways to deploy a Netvibes widget. You can do it manually, or use the deployment mechanism. Manual deployment is easier because you do not need to get an API key from Netvibes.

Manual deployment

  1. Get the URL of your Netvibes widget by selecting your widget, then clicking ViewGet URL.

  2. Go to the Netvibes Ecosystem, then click Create or submit and Submit Widget.

  3. Paste the URL of your gadget, and do not forget to remove the /private part from it. If you do not do this, Netvibes will not be able to access it.

  4. Fill in the form and finish the process. The widget is now available in the ecosystem.


For deployment using our wizard, you need to contact Netvibes at and ask for your API key.

Deploying UWA widget:

  1. Get the URL of your netvibes widget. To do this, select your widget and click ViewGet URL from the menu. Copy the URL.

  2. Click on the toolbar;

    Or, go to RunDeploy UWA widget on the top menu to open the Deploy UWA widget to Ecosystem form:

  3. Paste the URL of your gadget, and do not forget to remove the "/private" part from it, or netvibes will not be able to access it.

  4. Enter the information about the widget in the fields in the Step 2 form. All fields marked with the asterisk (*) are required.

    Click Next after completing your details.

  5. Enter your Netvibes credentials and the API key/secret that Netvibes gave you by email. All these fields are mandatory.


    Login Your login at Netvibes Ecosystem.
    Password Your password at Netvibes Ecosystem.
    Api Key The string generated by Netvibes and used for identifying you.
    Secret Key The string generated by Netvibes and used for submitting your actions.


    Click the Back button to return to the previous step to edit your entered information.

  6. Click to start deploying the widget to the Netvibes Ecosystem.

    The result is displayed in the Output panel. If the deployment is successful, you will receive the message below:

            [INFO]*[] deployed

    If unsuccessful, you will receive the error message which varies, depending on each case.

    [ERROR] Error: The link already exists.


The deployed widget can be found at the Ecosystem page on the My creation tab.

Viewing Netvibes documentation

There is a convenient way to view the developer's documentation, while creating your widget in eXo IDE. When opening a Netvibes widget in editor, click on the toolbar or go to ViewDocumentation.

The top menu item and a panel with loaded documentation will be opened at the right part of the application.

See also

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