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Grafana Cloud Enterprise Open source


Text visualizations enable you to directly include text or HTML in your dashboards. This can be used to add contextual information and descriptions or embed complex HTML.

For example, if you want to display important links to your dashboard, you can use a text visualization to add these links:

A text panel showing important links

Give it a try using Grafana Play

With Grafana Play, you can explore and see how it works, learning from practical examples to accelerate your development. This feature can be seen on Text Panel.

Use a text visualization when you need to:

  • Add important links or useful annotations.
  • Provide instructions or guidance on how to interpret different panels, configure settings, or take specific actions based on the displayed data.
  • Announce any scheduled maintenance or downtime that might impact your dashboards.


Mode determines how embedded content appears.


To allow embedding of iframes and other websites, you need set allow_embedding = true in your Grafana config.ini or environment variables (depending on your employment).


This option formats the content as markdown.


This setting renders the content as sanitized HTML. If you require more direct control over the output, you can set the disable_sanitize_html flag which enables you to directly enter HTML.


This setting renders content inside a read-only code editor. Select an appropriate language to apply syntax highlighting to the embedded text.


Variables in the content will be expanded for display.