This topic lists words and abbreviations that are commonly used in the Grafana documentation and community.
|Dashboard||A set of one or more panels, organized and arranged into one or more rows, that provide an at-a-glance view of related information.|
|Data source||A file, database, or service providing the data. Grafana supports several data sources by default, and can be extended to support additional data sources through plugins.|
|Exemplar||An exemplar is any data that serves as a detailed example of one of the observations aggregated into a metric. An exemplar contains the observed value together with an optional timestamp and arbitrary labels, which are typically used to reference a trace.|
|Explore||Explore allows a user to focus on building a query. Users can refine the query to return the expected metrics before building a dashboard. For more information, refer to the Explore topic.|
|Export/Import dashboard||Grafana includes the ability to export your dashboards to a file containing JSON. Community members sometimes share their created dashboards on the Grafana Dashboards page. Dashboards previously exported or found on this site may be imported by other users.|
|Exporter||An exporter translates data that comes out of a data source into a format that Prometheus can digest.|
|Integration (Grafana Cloud)||Each Integration in Grafana Cloud uses the cloud agent to connect your data source to Grafana Cloud for visualizing. Note: Prometheus uses the word “integrations” to refer to software that exposes Prometheus metrics without needing an exporter, which is a different use of the same word we use here.|
|Graph||A commonly-used visualization that displays data as points, lines, or bars.|
|Mixin||A mixin is a set of Grafana dashboards and Prometheus rules and alerts, written in Jsonnet and packaged together in a bundle.|
|Panel||Basic building block in Grafana, composed by a query and a visualization. Can be moved and resized within a dashboard.|
An extension of Grafana that allows users to provide additional functionality to enhance their experience. The types of plugins currently supported are:
|Query||Used to request data from a data source. The structure and format of the query depend on the specific data source.|
|Time series||A series of measurements, ordered by time. Time series are stored in data sources and returned as the result of a query.|
|Trace||An observed execution path of a request through a distributed system. For more information, refer to What is Distributed Tracing?|
|Transformation||Transformations process the result set of a query before it’s passed on for visualization. For more information, refer to the Transformations overview topic.|
|Visualization||A graphical representation of query results.|
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