Create Interactive Dashboards with Streamlit and Python

Muthu Krishnan 02 Dec, 2020 • 4 min read

This article was published as a part of the Data Science Blogathon.


In Data Visualization, Dashboard is the great Graphical User Interfaces that helps you to display the information in a highly interactive and informative way. It helps to visualize the key indicators and trends of the data.


The various plots such as bars, pies, line charts, etc. help to explore the dataset and provide us with some useful information. Dashboards are really useful to display the key performance indicators effectively. However, creating dashboards always a tedious task for developers.

Streamlit - logo


There are some libraries like Plotly, Bokeh in Python that lets you create a dashboard. But I didn’t find these are easy to create a perfect dashboard. Finally, I found some easy ways to create a dashboard which makes you create a quite effective and informative dashboard.



Streamlit is gaining popularity in Machine learning and Data Science. It is a very easy library to create a perfect dashboard by spending a little amount of time. It also comes with the inbuilt webserver and lets you deploy in the docker container.


Setting up Streamlit

Let’s first install Streamlit to our system and run the hello command to verify its working condition. We can quit the running app by using Ctrl+c.

$ pip install streamlit
$ streamlit hello

Below is the command prompt, you can see the app is running perfectly.

streamlit - command prompt

When you run the app, the localhost server will open in your browser automatically. This is the home page of the Streamlit app open-source framework.

streamlit - welcome screen


Import Libraries

Let’s import the necessary libraries using for plotting as well as displaying information.

import streamlit as st
import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
import as px
from plotly.subplots import make_subplots
import plotly.graph_objects as go
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

We can display the text in different ways. Streamlit allows you to write the title, header, and also supports various functions.

  1. st.title()- to set the title
  2. st.text() to write the description for the particular graph
  3. st.markdown() to display text as markdown
  4. st.latex() to display the mathematical expressions in the dashboard.
  5. st.write() helps to display everything such as plotly graph, dataframe, functions, model, etc.
  6. st.sidebar() is used for displaying data on the sidebar.
  7. st.dataframe() to display the data frame
  8. to display the map in just a single line code etc


Setting the title and the sidebar title for Streamlit dashboard

  1. st.title(“Covid-19 Dashboard For India”)
  2. st.markdown(‘The dashboard will visualize the Covid-19 Situation in India’)
  3. st.markdown(‘Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.’. This app gives you the real-time impact analysis of Confirmed, Deaths, active, and recovered cases of COVID-19 )
  4. st.sidebar.title(“Visualization Selector”)
  5. st.sidebar.markdown(“Select the Charts/Plots accordingly:”)


Load the dataset

Here we are going to use the COVID-19 dataset for dashboard visualization.

DATA_URL=('E:\Data science Projects\NIELIT project\covid_19_world.csv')
@st.cache(persist=True)( If you have a different use case where the data does not change so very often, you can simply use this)

def load_data():
    return data



Data Visualization by cases

st.sidebar.checkbox("Show Analysis by State", True, key=1)
select = st.sidebar.selectbox('Select a State',df['state'])

#get the state selected in the selectbox
state_data = df[df['state'] == select]
select_status ="Covid-19 patient's status", ('Confirmed',
'Active', 'Recovered', 'Deceased'))

We have used the Checkbox to choose the analysis by states. Selectbox will display the list of states affected by COVID-19. The radio button to choose the Active, Confirmed, Death, or Recovered cases.


Plotting the graph

def get_total_dataframe(dataset):
    total_dataframe = pd.DataFrame({
    'Status':['Confirmed', 'Recovered', 'Deaths','Active'],
    'Number of cases':(dataset.iloc[0]['confirmed'],
    return total_dataframe

state_total = get_total_dataframe(state_data)

if st.sidebar.checkbox("Show Analysis by State", True, key=2):
    st.markdown("## **State level analysis**")
    st.markdown("### Overall Confirmed, Active, Recovered and " +
    "Deceased cases in %s yet" % (select))
    if not st.checkbox('Hide Graph', False, key=1):
        state_total_graph =
        y='Number of cases',
        labels={'Number of cases':'Number of cases in %s' % (select)},


After executing this code we can select the cases according to the state you required. The method get_total_dataframe is used to get the dataset to plot the graph for the selected state.

To plot the graph, we have used library method. And finally, show the graph using the st.plotly_chart().

The graph showing the cases for Maharashtra.

cases in maharashtra


Showing a dataframe or table

We can also view the dataframe in table view using st.dataframe() and st.table().

def get_table():
    datatable = df[['state', 'confirmed', 'recovered', 'deaths','active']].sort_values(by=['confirmed'], ascending=False)
    datatable = datatable[datatable['state'] != 'State Unassigned']
    return datatable

datatable = get_table()
st.markdown("### Covid-19 cases in India")
st.markdown("The following table gives you a real-time analysis of the confirmed, active, recovered and deceased cases of Covid-19 pertaining to each state in India.")
st.dataframe(datatable) # will display the dataframe
st.table(datatable)# will display the table

statewise covid cases in india



Streamlit is considered as the fastest growing Machine Learning and Data Science dashboard building platform. It is considered as one of the best dashboard libraries. You can experiment with different datasets to create interactive dashboards.

Muthu Krishnan 02 Dec 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

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Responses From Readers


Mohammed Pervez Manzer
Mohammed Pervez Manzer 09 Oct, 2020

Very informative stuf

Christian 22 Oct, 2020

The image you have at the top of this article.. What visualization library is this from?

Anis Boujemaa
Anis Boujemaa 22 Dec, 2020

Can you give us the csv file please ? and tell me if **df** exists in the columns or rows of the csv file ? If not can you give us the df where it should be declared and how ? Thank you so much.

Herv 12 Mar, 2021

Hi thanks for you post, could you give the link to the dataset please

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