Grafana Cloud

Docker Desktop integration for Grafana Cloud

Docker Desktop is an easy-to-install application for your Mac, Windows or Linux environment that enables you to build and share containerized applications and microservices. This integration allows you to monitor your local Docker Desktop instance using the Grafana Cloud extension in Docker Desktop.The integration includes dashboard to monitor Docker metrics and logs as well as the Linux host metrics and logs.

This integration includes 3 pre-built dashboards to help monitor and visualize Docker Desktop metrics and logs.

Before you begin

Go to Docker Desktop extensions marketplace, search for Grafana cloud and install the Grafana cloud extension. Once it is installed, open the extension from the side bar and connect your Grafana cloud account.

Install the integration to get the values of connection variables required to connect your account.

Install Docker Desktop integration for Grafana Cloud

  1. In your Grafana Cloud stack, click Connections in the left-hand menu.
  2. Find Docker Desktop and click its tile to open the integration.
  3. Review the prequisites in the Configuration Details tab and set up Grafana Agent by following the steps provided to start sending Docker Desktop metrics and logs to your Grafana Cloud instance.
  4. Click Install to add this integration’s pre-built dashboards to your Grafana Cloud instance and start monitoring your Docker Desktop setup.

Post-install configuration for the Docker Desktop integration

After installing the integration, an api key is required to generate the connection variables. Either create a new api key or use an existing api key and get the value for connection variables.


Copy the value of connection variables into the connect account page of the Grafana cloud extension.


Click on Connect to Grafana Cloud to connect your docker desktop instance to your Grafana cloud stack and start sending logs and metrics. After connecting successfully, you would see the Agent control panel screen.

Agent control panel

The agent control panel shows the status of the Grafana agent running inside the docker desktop extension. It also allows you to view the logs of the agent container and edit the agent configuration file if required.



The Docker Desktop integration installs the following dashboards in your Grafana Cloud instance to help monitor your system.

  • Docker Desktop - Docker Logs
  • Docker Desktop - Docker Overview
  • Docker Desktop - Node Exporter / Nodes

Docker Overview & Compute


Docker Logs


Docker Linux Virtual Machine Overview and Logs



The most important metrics provided by the Docker Desktop integration, which are used on the dashboards (and Prometheus Alerts and rules) are as follows:

container_cpu_usage_seconds_totalcounterCumulative cpu time consumed in seconds.
container_fs_inodes_freegaugeNumber of available Inodes
container_fs_inodes_totalgaugeNumber of Inodes
container_fs_limit_bytesgaugeNumber of bytes that can be consumed by the container on this filesystem.
container_fs_usage_bytesgaugeNumber of bytes that are consumed by the container on this filesystem.
container_last_seengaugeLast time a container was seen by the exporter
container_memory_usage_bytesgaugeCurrent memory usage in bytes, including all memory regardless of when it was accessed
container_network_receive_bytes_totalcounterCumulative count of bytes received
container_network_transmit_bytes_totalcounterCumulative count of bytes transmitted
container_spec_memory_reservation_limit_bytesgaugeMemory reservation limit for the container.
machine_memory_bytesgaugeAmount of memory installed on the machine.
machine_scrape_errorgauge1 if there was an error while getting machine metrics, 0 otherwise.


# 0.0.1 - April 2023

* Initial release


Connecting Docker Desktop instance to Grafana Cloud generates metric and log usage. The Grafana Cloud Free tier includes limits that should be plenty for most small workloads.

To view information on the number of active series that your Grafana Cloud account uses for metrics included in each Cloud tier, see Active series and dpm usage and Cloud tier pricing.