Add a panel
Panels allow you to show your data in visual form. This topic walks you through the most basic steps to build a panel.
1. Add a panel to a dashboard
Navigate to the dashboard you want to add a panel to.
Click the Add panel icon.
Click Add new panel.
Grafana creates an empty graph panel with your default data source selected.
2. Edit panel settings
Panel title - Text entered in this field is displayed at the top of your panel in the panel editor and in the dashboard.
Description - Text entered in this field is displayed in a tooltip in the upper left corner of the panel. Write a description of the panel and the data you are displaying. Pretend you are explaining it to a new user six months from now, when it is no longer fresh in your mind. Future editors (possibly yourself) will thank you.
3. Write a query
Each panel needs at least one query to display a visualization. You write queries in the Query tab of the panel editor. For more information about the Query tab, refer to Queries.
- Choose a data source. In the first line of the Query tab, click the drop-down list to see all available data sources. This list includes all data sources you added. Refer to Add a data source if you need instructions.
- Write or construct a query in the query language of your data source. Options will vary. Refer to your specific data source documentation for specific guidelines.
4. Choose a visualization type
In the Visualization section of the Panel tab, click a visualization type. Grafana displays a preview of your query results with that visualization applied.
For more information about individual visualizations, refer to Visualizations.
5. Apply changes and save
Save the dashboard. Either press Ctrl/Cmd+S or click Save in the upper right corner of the screen.
Your options vary depending on the changes you made and whether or not it is a new dashboard. We recommend you add a note to describe your changes before you click Save. Notes are very helpful if you need to revert the dashboard to a previous version.
Our Grafana Fundamentals tutorial is a great place to start, or you can learn more about Grafana by reading one of the documentation topics linked below:
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