What’s new in Grafana v7.3

What's new in GrafanaVersion 7.3

This topic includes the release notes for Grafana v7.3. For all details, read the full CHANGELOG.md.

The main highlights are:

Table improvements and new image cell mode

The table has been updated with improved hover behavior for cells that have longer content than what fits the current column width. As you can see in the animated gif below the cell will automatically expand to show you full content of the cell.

Table hover

Another new feature that can be seen in the image above is the new image cell display mode. If you have a field value that is an image URL or a base64 encoded image you can configure the table to display it as an image.

New color scheme option

Color scheme

A new standard field color scheme option has been added. This new option will provide a unified way for all new panels to specify how colors should be assigned.

  • Single color: Specify a single color, useful in an override rule.
  • From thresholds: Informs Grafana to take the color from the matching threshold.
  • Classic palette: Grafana will assign color by looking up a color in a palette by series index. Useful for Graphs and pie charts and other categorical data visualizations.
  • Green-Yellow-Red (by value): This is a continuous color scheme where Grafana will interpolate a color based on the value being displayed and the field min & max values.
  • Blue-Yellow-Red (by value): Same as above but different colors.
  • Blues (by value): Same as above but color scheme go from panel background to blue.

As you can see this adds new continuous color schemes where Grafana will interpolate colors. A great use of these new color schemes is the table panel where you can color the background and get a heatmap like effect.

table color scheme

Another thing to highlight is that all these new color schemes are theme aware and adapt to the current theme. For example here is how the new monochrome color scheme look like in the light theme:

table color monochrome scheme

As this new option is a standard field option it works in every panel. Here is another example from the Bar Gauge panel.

bar gauge color scheme

CSV exports for Excel

In v7.0, we introduced a new table panel and inspect mode with Download CSV enabled. However, CSV export to Excel was removed. Due to a large number of inquiries and requests, this community contribution from tomdaly brought the feature back.

For more information, refer to Download raw query results as CSV in the Grafana documentation.

Google Cloud monitoring out-of-the-box dashboards

The updated Google Cloud monitoring data source is shipped with pre-configured dashboards for five of the most popular Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services:

  • BigQuery
  • Cloud Load Balancing
  • Cloud SQL
  • Google Compute Engine GCE
  • Google Kubernetes Engine GKE

To import the pre-configured dashboards, go to the configuration page of your Google Cloud Monitoring data source and click on the Dashboards tab. Click Import for the dashboard you would like to use. To customize the dashboard, we recommend to save the dashboard under a different name, because otherwise the dashboard will be overwritten when a new version of the dashboard is released.

For more details, see the Google Cloud Monitoring docs

Shorten URL for dashboards and Explore

This is an amazing new feature that was created in cooperation with one of our community members. The new share shortened link capability allows you to create smaller and simpler URLs of the format /goto/:uid instead of using longer URLs that can contain complex query parameters. In Explore, you can create a shortened link by clicking on the share button in Explore toolbar. In the dashboards, a shortened url option is available through the share panel or dashboard button.

SigV4 authentication for AWS users

You can now configure your Elasticsearch data source to access your Amazon Elasticsearch Service domain directly from Grafana.

For more details, refer to the Elasticsearch docs.

Chaining pipeline aggregation in Elasticsearch

Thanks to a contribution from a community member, it’s now possible to chain multiple pipeline aggregations together and use the results of one pipeline aggregation as the input of another. This unleashes the full power of Elasticsearch’s pipeline aggregations in Grafana, allowing users to perform high order derivatives or use a pipeline aggregation result as a variable for a Bucket Script Aggregation.

Grafana Enterprise features

These features are included in the Grafana Enterprise edition software.

Auditing

Auditing tracks important changes to your Grafana instance to help you manage and mitigate suspicious activity and meet compliance requirements. Grafana logs events (as JSON) to file or directly to loki.

Example of a login event:

{
  "timestamp": "2020-10-22T10:18:00.838094347Z",
  "user": {
    "userId": 1,
    "orgId": 1,
    "isAnonymous": false
  },
  "action": "login-grafana",
  "result": {
    "statusType": "success",
    "statusCode": 200
  },
  "requestUri": "/login",
  "ipAddress": "127.0.0.1:41324",
  "userAgent": "Chrome/86.0.4240.111",
  "grafanaVersion": "7.3.0"
}

For more details, see the Auditing docs.

Data source usage insights

Data source usage insights allows you to gain insight into how a data source is being used and how well it works. There is a new tab in the data source settings page called insights that will show you information about how the data source has been used in the past 30 days.

Insights:

  • Queries per day
  • Errors per day
  • Average load duration per day (ms)

SAML single logout

SAML’s single logout (SLO) capability allows users to log out from all applications associated with the current identity provider (IdP) session established via SAML SSO. For more information, refer to the docs.

SAML IdP-initiated single sign on

IdP-initiated single sign on (SSO) allows the user to log in directly from the SAML identity provider (IdP). It is disabled by default for security reasons. For more information, refer to the docs.

Upgrading

See upgrade notes.

Changelog

Check out CHANGELOG.md for a complete list of new features, changes, and bug fixes.