AlertsGrafana Cloud Alerting

Grafana Cloud Alerting

Grafana Cloud Alerting allows you to create and manage all of your Prometheus-style alerting rules, for both Prometheus metrics and Loki log data. With this feature, you don’t need to leave Grafana, upload or edit configuration files, or install additional tools.


All members of an organization that have alerts set up can view alerts in Grafana Cloud Alerting. This includes everyone with a Viewer, Editor, or Admin role.

Users with the organization Admin role can also create, edit, or delete alerts.

Data sources

Grafana Cloud Alerting supports rule management across multiple data sources, for both metrics and logs, across all of the stacks in your org. If you have more than one Prometheus or Loki data source, there will be a dropdown at the top for you to select the data source to configure rules.

Alerts and recording rules

Prometheus supports two types of rules:

  • Recording rules - Recording rules allow you to execute expressions or queries, by saving them off as a stored rule instead.
  • Alerting rules - Alerting rules allow you to define alert conditions and to route those notifications to an external service. An alert fires if metrics meet criteria defined in the alerting rule.

Both of these rules are configurable from the Grafana Cloud Alerting interface and configured in the same way.

Alert states

Alert states are identical to the standard format found in Prometheus rule configurations. In Grafana Cloud Alerting, each individual alert is highlighted by its state to more clearly distinguish between alerts.

  • Firing - Alerts that have been active for longer than the configured threshold. Alerts are highlighted in red and tagged with a red firing label.
  • Pending - Alerts that have been active for less than the configured threshold. Alerts are highlighted in orange.
  • Inactive - Alerts that are neither firing nor pending. Alerts are highlighted in green.