Set up GEM

Grafana Enterprise Metrics is available as a pre-compiled binary, a Docker image, as well as via common OS-specific packaging. For a list of available download options, refer to the downloads page.

Note: You can use Grafana Cloud to avoid installing, maintaining, and scaling your own instance of GEM. The free forever plan includes 50GB of free metrics. Create an account to get started.

Get a GEM license

A valid Grafana Enterprise Metrics license token is required to run GEM’s many added features. Without a valid license token, not all of GEM’s added features will run. However, GEM will still run with all of the functionality of an open-source Grafana Mimir binary.

If you already have a license for GEM:

  1. From, select Login.
  2. From the left-hand menu, select Licenses to download the license token.

If you do not have a license token to run GEM, contact a Grafana Labs representative.

Choose a name for your GEM cluster

GEM licenses are issued on a per-cluster basis. Each cluster of GEM that you plan to deploy requires a unique license. When we issue a GEM license, we must have a unique cluster name with which to associate the license.

A cluster name must meet the following criteria:

  • is 3 to 63 characters long
  • contains lowercase letters, numbers, underscores (_), or hyphens (-)
  • begins with a letter or number
  • ends with a letter or number

Deploy your GEM cluster

After you have a Grafana GEM license with an associated cluster name, choose a deployment method to deploy your GEM cluster:

Configure limits for production use

To set up your cluster with limits for production use after you have deployed a cluster, see the GEM limits recommendations.