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Add an external Alertmanager

Set up Grafana to use an external Alertmanager as a single Alertmanager to receive all of your alerts. This external Alertmanager can then be configured and administered from within Grafana itself.


Grafana Alerting does not support sending alerts to the AWS Managed Service for Prometheus due to the lack of sigv4 support in Prometheus.

Once you have added the Alertmanager, you can use the Grafana Alerting UI to manage silences, contact points, and notification policies. A drop-down option in these pages allows you to switch between alertmanagers.


Starting with Grafana 9.2, the URL configuration of external alertmanagers from the Admin tab on the Alerting page is deprecated. It will be removed in a future release.

External alertmanagers should now be configured as data sources using Grafana Configuration from the main Grafana navigation menu. This enables you to manage the contact points and notification policies of external alertmanagers from within Grafana and also encrypts HTTP basic authentication credentials that were previously visible when configuring external alertmanagers by URL.

To add an external Alertmanager, complete the following steps.

  1. Click Connections in the left-side menu.

  2. On the Connections page, search for Alertmanager.

  3. Click the Create a new data source button.

    If you don’t see this button, you may need to install the plugin, relaunch your Cloud instance, and then repeat steps 1 and 2.

  4. Fill out the fields on the page, as required.

    If you are provisioning your data source, set the flag handleGrafanaManagedAlerts in the jsonData field to true to send Grafana-managed alerts to this Alertmanager.

    Note: Prometheus, Grafana Mimir, and Cortex implementations of Alertmanager are supported. For Prometheus, contact points and notification policies are read-only in the Grafana Alerting UI.

  5. Click Save & test.