What is the Nightscout project?
Nightscout (CGM in the Cloud) is an open source,
DIY project that allows real time access to a CGM data via personal website, smartwatch viewers, or apps and widgets available for smartphones.
Nightscout was developed by parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes and has continued to be developed, maintained, and supported by volunteers. When first implemented, Nightscout was a solution specifically for remote monitoring of Dexcom G4 CGM data. Today, there are Nightscout solutions available for Dexcom G4, Dexcom Share with Android, Dexcom Share/G5 with iOS, and Medtronic. Nightscout also provides browser-based visualization for #openAPS users and Loop users. The goal of the project is to allow remote monitoring of a T1D’s glucose level using existing monitoring devices.
How Do You Get Your CGM in the Cloud
Determining the best way for you to approach setting up Nightscout depends first and foremost on the following:
- What phone will the T1D carry? (All solutions require the T1D to have a phone used as the “uploader.”)
- What kind of CGM do you have?
The following chart offers an overview of (many of) the paths available to setting up CGM remote monitoring using Nightscout.
Get Started with Nightscout
- Updated! General-purpose Nightscout setup, for Dexcom Share, xDrip+, or Spike
- Traditional Nightscout Installation (a wired Android “rig” for G4 [non-Share])
- Nightscout with xDrip and Dexcom G4 Share (Android/Wireless)
- Nightscout with xDrip Wireless Bridge (Android with DIY receiver)
- Nightscout for FreeStyle Libre
- Nightscout and Medtronic 640g
- Nightscout and Medtronic Veo/530
- Nightscout and Medtronic MiniMed Connect
- Watchface options
Nightscout has expanded rapidly. To quickly access the information you need, try the Nightscout Cheat Sheet (Links) resource.
Your CGM Data on a Watch
There are multiple smartwatch options for viewing CGM data. With a Nightscout site, options exist for Pebble (all varieties), AndroidWear, and Apple Watch. Learn more about watchface options.
How Does It Work?—(Original Nightscout)
The technology is rather simple: your Dexcom receiver continues to work as it always has by reading the glucose level of the T1D who is wearing the sensor/transmitter. The Nightscout system allows you to attach (or pair) a device to the Dexcom receiver that transmits the glucose readings to the Internet, where any web-connected device can view the numbers. It’s that simple.
This image from the Wall Street Journal article, “Citizen Hackers Tinker with Medical Devices,” illustrates the entire system. (Click the image for a larger view.)
What Does It Cost?
Cost varies based on the setup you will be using. The online services and accounts needed to run a Nightscout site are free for most users.
What Do I Do Now?
The sole purpose of your specific website is to display the data. Due to the caveats mentioned and for many other reasons, it is important to not rely on this for therapy .
Reading through the step by step instructions for your particular setup before you start will help prepare you for putting everything together and learning how to use the system.
Please note: Many of the resources and documents on this site describe the original Nightscout setup (which involves a cable and an Android). There are wireless solutions now available. Documentation is being added and revised on an ongoing basis.
All we ask is that you pay it forward because #wearenotwaiting.
Join the CGM in the Cloud Community at Facebook!
Are you looking for technical support for your existing Nightscout installation or do you have questions about your existing Nightscout installation? Please visit the CGM in the Cloud group on Facebook for help!
Note: There is no support or any warranty of any kind. The quality and performance of the project is with you if you choose to use it. This is a project that was created and is supported completely by volunteers.