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Include dashboards

This guide explains how to add pre-configured dashboards into data source Grafana plugins. By integrating pre-configured dashboards into your plugin, you can provide your users with a ready-to-use template, freeing them from having to build a dashboard from scratch.

We'll walk you through the process of bundling dashboards into plugins. The process involves creating a dashboard, adding it to your plugin, and then importing it into the plugin.

Step 1: Create a dashboard

Start by creating the dashboard you want to bundle with your plugin. The development environment provided by create-plugin can aid with creating and testing dashboards.

Export the dashboard

In this step, we export the dashboard to a JSON file so it can be placed in a file along with your plugin source code:

  1. Open your dashboard within Grafana.
  2. Click the Share icon at the top-left of the dashboard.
  3. Click Export.
  4. Select Export for sharing externally, and then click Save to file.

Exporting with this option replaces direct data source references with placeholders. This ensures the dashboard can make use of the user's data source instance when imported.

Step 2: Add the dashboard to your plugin

  1. Create a dashboards folder within the src directory of your plugin project.

  2. Move your exported dashboard JSON file into the new dashboards folder.

    └── src/
    ├── dashboards/
    │ └── overview.json
    ├── module.ts
    └── plugin.json
  3. Update your plugin.json file to include a reference to the new dashboard resource, specifying the relative path to the dashboard file within the src folder.

    "includes": [
    "name": "overview",
    "path": "dashboards/overview.json",
    "type": "dashboard"

    Ensure the path is relative to the src directory. This is necessary for the plugin to correctly reference the dashboard JSON file from the dist directory once you build the frontend.

  4. After adding the dashboard to your plugin, rebuild the plugin and restart Grafana to apply the new configuration.

Step 3: Import the dashboard into your plugin

To test your newly created dashboard, import the dashboard:

  1. Create or edit an existing instance of your data source.
  2. Click Dashboards to list all included dashboards.
  3. Click Import next to the dashboard you want to import. The dashboard is imported into your plugin.


By bundling dashboards with your plugin, you can significantly improve the user onboarding experience. Pre-configured dashboards eliminate the need for users to set up common variables, panels, or queries from scratch. This can greatly enhance user satisfaction and efficiency!