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Migrate plugins from Grafana version 9.x to 10.x

Follow these instructions to migrate plugins from Grafana version 9.x to 10.x.

Verify plugin behavior with React 18

Grafana 10 includes our upgrade to React 18 and use of the new React client-side rendering API. These changes were delivered to the core grafana repo with PR 64428.

Although these updates bring many significant benefits, there's a potential for them to impact the way that your plugin works. In particular, there could be unintended side effects caused by the changes around improving consistency with useEffect timings and automatic batching of state updates.

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Data frame field values are now just arrays

In Grafana 10, the values in data frames are now managed as simple JavaScript arrays (see PR #66480). It is no longer necessary to wrap values in a Vector<T> implementation.c

Most code targeting 9.x will continue to work without any issues. An exception is the rare case in which existing code directly implements Vector<T> rather than extending or using base classes. In this case, the code should either return an array or extend FunctionalVector<T>. All Vector implementations have been deprecated and will be removed in the future.

When writing plugins that should run on 9.x, continue to use the Vector interfaces. In this case, when targeting versions 10+, you can now use simple arrays rather than wrapper classes.

To make this transition seamless, we employed the Original JavaScript Sin™. That is, we extended the native Array prototype with several Vector methods.

Update to React Router v6

Starting from Grafana 10, plugins can start using the v6 of react-router. Overall, react-router v6 aims to simplify route configuration and provide a more flexible and intuitive API for developers.

If your current plugin version needs to maintain compatibility with Grafana v9, then you can continue to use react-router@v5 in Grafana v10. Both versions are available for plugins. However, we strongly encourage developers to update their plugins to use the v6 version react-router as soon as possible, as the v5 version is going to be deprecated in Grafana v11 and subsequently removed.

For more general information, refer to the Official React Router v5 to v6 migration guide.

Update using @grafana/create-plugin

Follow the steps below to start using react-router v6 in your plugin:

Enable using react-router@v6 by setting the following feature flag in <project-root>/.cprc.json:

"features": {
"useReactRouterV6": true

Now update the build configuration using the create-plugin tool:

npx @grafana/create-plugin@latest update

After updating the build configuration, it is likely that you will need to make additional updates to your plugin. To do so, follow the steps below:

2. Use <Routes> instead of <Switch>

// Using <Routes> instead of <Switch> in `react-router` v6
import { Routes } from 'react-router-dom';

// ...

return (
<Route path="/" element={<Home />} />

3. Remove the exact prop from <Route> components

return (
{/* BAD (Until v5) */}
<Route exact path="/" element={<Home />} />

{/* GOOD (From v6) */}
{/* (Routes are "exact" by default, you need to use the "*" to match sub-routes) */}
<Route path="/" element={<Home />} />

4. Follow the original react-router migration guide for more in-depth changes

Visit the official react-router v5 to v6 migration guide for more information.