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Understanding Cards

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In Domo, your business data is represented by cards. Cards are found in screens or pages, where they appear as boxes containing the most important information for the card; you can access additional information and options for a card by clicking it to open its Details view.

In Domo, there are various types of cards, including

  • KPI cards

  • document cards

  • notebook cards

  • poll cards

  • Sumo cards

  • custom Apps

For information about adding cards, see Adding Cards to Domo.

For more information about pages, see Understanding Pages.

For information about personalizing the layout of cards in pages, see Managing Cards and Pages.

Training Video - Understanding Cards

Learn about what makes a meaningful Domo card.



Note: The product training videos are for Domo customers and clients only.

Parts of a card

All cards in Domo share common components. The following screenshot of a KPI card calls out a number of these components:


You can learn more about the components in the following table:



Card name

The name of this card. The process for naming a card depends on the card type. For example, for a KPI card, you specify the name of a KPI card in the Analyzer. For a document card, the original filename is used unless you indicate a custom name. For a notebook card, you specify a name when you create the card. 

For more information about changing the name of a KPI card, see Editing the Name or Description of a KPI Card.

Card content The actual data represented in this card.

Card options

Displays a menu of options for this card. This icon appears when you mouse over the card; click to show the available options. For more information, see Card Options menu.


The picture that represents the owner of this card in Domo, which you can set in the Profile Page. When you click a user's profile picture, an avatar card appears that contains contact information, the user's most frequently and recently viewed cards, a list of groups to which the user belongs, a Go to Profile button, and a Follow button so that you can follow this user in Buzz. For more information, see Following a Card or User in Buzz. For more information about changing the owner, see Assigning or Changing a Card Owner.

Issues icon An icon that indicates the number of issues reported for this card. Click the icon to open the Issues Reported tab in the Details view for the card. For more information, see Reporting Issues with Cards.
Views icon An icon that indicates the number of times the Details view for this card has ever been viewed. This view count includes any time the card has been rendered on a page or in a scheduled report. Click the icon to open the Details view for the card. 

Comments icon

An icon that indicates the number of unread comments for this card. Click the icon to show the comments in Buzz in the Details view for the card.

Connector icon

An icon indicating the type of connector used to power a KPI card. For example, in the preceding screenshot the card is powered by MySQL. A  icon indicates that this card is not a KPI card. 


Understanding KPI cards

In Domo, charts like graphs, tables, and maps are used to represent specific business metrics, such as sales by quarter, new customers by state, etc. These metrics are known as KPIs. The KPI in the following example utilizes a basic line graph to show sales data for the first half of January:

KPIs are packaged with their most important summary data into boxes called KPI cards. In a KPI card, you can see the chart along with its name, the date grain or unit of time used to represent data (if the chart uses time data), and current value. In the following KPI card, the KPI (metric being measured) is the profit per customer segment in 2012; the date grain is "Quarter"; and the current value is 1000:


In this card, the current value of "1k" is used as the summary number. This is the single value that best represents the data in this chart. A summary number does not need to be the current value of the chart. It can be the maximum represented value, the average of all values, and so on. For more information, see Editing Your Chart Summary Number.

This card also includes another feature unique to KPI cards: the alerts icon , which shows the number of triggered alerts for this card. For more information, see Notifications and Alerts.

You can click a KPI card to open its Details view, which provides additional options not found in the card page. For more information, see KPI card Details view.

If a KPI card has descriptive text, you can see that text by hovering over the name of the KPI card. For information about adding descriptive text to a KPI card, see KPI Card Building Part 2: The Analyzer.

If PDP (Personalized Data Permissions) has been enabled for the card, a pdp_label.png label appears at the bottom, next to the connector icon. For more information about PDP, see Personalized Data Permissions (PDP).

For a PDF showing all of the parts of a KPI Card, go here: KPI Card Basics

Understanding document cards

document card is a type of card containing a document or image that has been uploaded to Domo. You can download any document in a document card to your own machine. You can also use document cards to collaborate and share uploaded files with others. You can see a small version of the document in the card page or a full-sized version in the Details view for the card.

The following screenshot shows an example document card:

You can add document cards containing the following types of files: 

  • PDF

  • DOCX

  • DOC

  • XLSX

  • XLS

  • PPTX

  • PPT

  • TXT

  • PNG

  • JPG

  • BMP

The maximum file size for uploaded documents is 100 MB. 

When you upload a new version of a document card, that version replaces the current version. All old versions of the document are stored as thumbnails in a panel in the Details view. You can see any old version of a document by clicking its thumbnail. You can also delete any version.

When you comment on a document card in Buzz, the comment is tied to the version of the document in which it was made. When you open a non-current version of a document, Buzz filters to show only the comments for that version. You can change the filter to show comments for all versions of the document or any specific version you want. For more information, see Filtering Comments on a Document Card.

You can configure an option that allows you to receive notifications when a document card you have added as a Favorite gets a new version. You do this in the Notifications Center. For more information, see Receiving and Viewing Notifications.

For information about uploading a document card to Domo, see Adding a Document Card to Domo. For information about downloading a file another user has uploaded, see Downloading a Document from Domo.

You can click a document card to open its Details view, which provides a full-sized preview of the file along with additional options not found in the card page. For more information, see Document card Details view

Note: In the interest of preventing users from uploading malicious files into Domo accounts, Domo allows a specific set of file types to be uploaded. If you attempt to upload a file not within this list, an error message appears. For more information, including the full list of supported file types, see Permitted File Types for Attachments.

Understanding notebook cards

Notebook cards are cards containing text you enter. You can type or paste text in a notebook card. You can format text using bold, italics, and numbered and bulleted lists by selecting options in the toolbar.

The following screenshot shows an example notebook card:

Note: When you paste text, certain formatting may be preserved, including bold, italics, lists, tables, font size, and headings. The formatting that is preserved varies, depending on the source. Typically, formatting associated with basic HTML tags are preserved, although styles may differ. Pasted images are stripped out.

Text in a notebook card may be edited by any user with sufficient access rights after the card is created. For more information about access rights, see Security Role Reference.

Note: Notebook cards do not support collaborative editing by multiple users simultaneously. To collaborate, you must take turns editing the notebook card.

For information about adding or editing a notebook card, see Adding or Editing a Notebook Card.

You can click a notebook card to open its Details view, which provides additional options not found in the card page, including the ability to edit the notebook text. For more information, see Notebook card Details view.

Understanding poll cards

A "poll" in Domo consists of a question and two or more answer choices. When a users responds to a poll by selecting answer choices and then clicking a button to vote, the results of the poll up to that point replace the question and answer choices in the card. From then on, any time another user responds to the survey, the results update accordingly. You can edit the poll information in the Details view for the poll card.

The content you see in a poll card depends on whether or not you have taken the poll. If you have not taken the poll, the poll question appears in the card, as shown here:

If you have taken the poll, you see the results of the voting up to this point, as shown here:

In the preceding screenshot, there is not enough room to show all of the results, so only the top results appear. There is also a link that takes you to the Details view, where you can see all of the results.

For information about creating polls, see Adding a Poll Card to Domo.

Understanding Sumo cards

Sumo cards display tabular data as either standard column-based tables or more powerful pivot tables like those available in Microsoft Excel. These tables are called "Sumo" tables. When you create a Sumo table, a card for that table is added to Domo.

The type of table you see in a Sumo card in the card view depends on which table view was selected when the Sumo card was last saved. In the following example, the user saved a Sumo card when the column view was selected:

In the next example, the user saved the same Sumo card when the pivot view was selected.

The amount of information that appears in a Sumo card depends on the size you have selected for the card. For example, if you select the medium size for a pivot card, a condensed version of the pivot table appears that shows the column and row names and the summary number; if you select the full size for the same card, the entire pivot table appears. In the full-size view, if there is still more information than will fit in the table, vertical and/or horizontal scroll bars are provided. For more information about sizing cards, see Changing the Size of Cards in a Page

You can see a full-sized Sumo card and open it for editing in the Details view.

Domo includes two other types of tables in addition to Sumo tables: standard tables and Heat Map Tables. These differ from Sumo tables in that they are chart types you can include in KPI cards, whereas Sumo tables are a different class of card altogether. Sumo tables are also more powerful than these basic tables. For more information about adding KPI tables, see Table.

If PDP (Personalized Data Permissions) has been enabled for the card, a  label appears at the bottom, next to the connector icon. For more information about PDP, see Personalized Data Permissions (PDP) .

For information about building Sumo cards, see Adding or Editing a Sumo Card. For information about the components of the editor interface, see Sumo Editor Layout.

Understanding custom Apps

A custom App is a card that uses multiple charts and images to present data measurements.

You can create custom Apps using App Design Studio, a tool that leverages the capabilities Adobe Illustrator, or App Dev Studio, which is best suited for developers with web-based programming experience. For more information about custom Apps, see For documentation about building custom Apps using App Design Studio and App Dev Studio, see

Custom Apps can also be created by Client Services. For creation requests, reach out to your Domo Customer Success Manager or Technical Consultant. 

Training Video - Using Custom Apps

Learn about custom Apps, a type of card that combines charts and images to represent your data.


Note: The product training videos are for Domo customers and clients only.

You can click a Domo App card to display the Details view, which provides additional options not found in the card page. For more information, see Card Details View Layout.

Understanding image cards

Image cards are now DEPRECATED. You can upload images to Domo using document cards.

Card Options menu

In a page, mouse over a card, then click  to display menu items for that card. Options appear in the menu, depending on the card type.



Edit in Analyzer

Opens the Analyzer for this card directly.


Allows you to share access rights for this card with users. For more information about sharing, see Controlling Access to Cards and Pages.

Edit Drill Path

Allows you to edit the drill path for this KPI card. For more information, see Editing an existing drill path.

Domo Everywhere

Allows you to share this card outside of Domo, either publicly or privately. For more information, see Sharing Cards Outside of Domo.

Schedule as Report

Lets you set a report schedule for the cards in this page. For more information, see Scheduling Reports.

Edit Scheduled Reports

Opens the manager interface for scheduled reports. For more information, see Managing your scheduled reports.

Send Now

Allows you to send this card via email to a Domo user. For more information, see Sending a scheduled report immediately.

Send / Export

Opens the Export dialog, which provides options for sending and exporting the data for the card. Send / Export is available for KPI and Sumo cards. For a KPI card, you can email or print the card, export the card to Microsoft PowerPoint, or export the data as a .csv or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet file. For a Sumo card, you can only export the data as a .csv or Microsoft Excel spreadsheet file.

Add To Favorites / Remove From Favorites

Adds this card to your Favorites page for quick access. If you have enabled Daily Alerts, you receive status reports for all KPI cards set as Favorites. If the card is already a Favorite, this option reads Remove From Favorites. Choosing this option removes the Favorite status from this card. For more information about enabling Daily Alerts, see Customizing Notification and Alert Settings.

Notify Me on Issues/Do Not Notify Me on Issues

Adds this card to your "Following" queue, meaning you are notified when anyone reports an issue on this card. If the card is already in your "Following" queue, this option reads Do Not Notify Me on Issues. Choosing this option removes the card from your "Following" queue.

Alert Me

Displays the card in the Details view and opens the Alerts tab in which you can create a custom alert for the KPI card. When an alert is set for a KPI card, you are notified via email and/or text whenever that KPI card's value changes in the manner you specify (for example, you could set an alert to appear when the value drops beneath a certain threshold). For more information about creating alerts, see Creating a Custom Alert for a KPI Card.


Allows you to remove a card from a page.

The Remove option is not available in Details views.

Note: This option removes the card only from this page. 

For more information about removing a card from a page, see Removing Cards from a Page.

Move / Copy

Allows you to move or copy this card to a different page. Cards copied in this way are still linked, so changes made to one copy are made to all other copies. For more information, see Moving or Copying Cards to Other Pages

Save As (formerly called Duplicate)

Allows you to create a new instance of this card. Duplicated cards are completely separate from the originals; changes made to one are not made to the other. For more information, see Duplicating Cards

Connect / Update Data

Opens the Connect to Data dialog for this KPI card, in which you can upload a DataSet to power up the KPI card. If you need a template spreadsheet, you can download one in this tab as well. If the KPI card already has a DataSet connected, selecting this option allows you to refresh the data or change the DataSet. For more information about connecting and updating DataSets, see Connecting to Data with Connectors.

Report an Issue

Allows you to write a description of an issue in this card and send it to the card owner and any followers via email/text. The report message is also posted to Buzz. When a card has reported issues, a warning icon appears on the card. You can click the warning icon to view the Issues Reported tab of the Details view. For more information, see Reporting Issues with Cards.


Removes a card from Domo. You must either have an "Admin" security role or be the card owner to delete a card. For more information, see Deleting Cards from Domo.

Size options

Allow you to change the size of this card. Options include small, medium, large, and full (for Domo App cards and Sumo cards). To change the size of all cards on the page, select the appropriate icon from the  menu in the top right corner of the page. For more information, see Changing the Size of Cards in a Page.

Card collections

You can organize cards on a page into distinct categories called "collections." You can name collections, reorder cards within a collection, reorder collections themselves within a page, or remove cards from the collection. You can also minimize collections so that only the names show, or delete them. For more information about card collections, see Creating and Managing Card Collections.