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Enterprise Open source


Note: Only available in Grafana Enterprise v7.3+.

Auditing allows you to track important changes to your Grafana instance. By default, audit logs are logged to file but the auditing feature also supports sending logs directly to Loki.

Audit logs

Audit logs are JSON objects representing user actions like:

  • Modifications ro resources such as dashboards and data sources.
  • A user failing to log in.


Audit logs contain the following fields. The fields followed by * are always available, the others depend on the type of action logged.

Field nameTypeDescription
timestamp*stringThe date and time the request was made, in coordinated universal time (UTC) using the RFC3339 format.
user*objectInformation about the user that made the request. Either one of the UserID or ApiKeyID fields will contain content if isAnonymous=false.
user.userIdnumberID of the Grafana user that made the request.
user.orgId*numberCurrent organization of the user that made the request.
user.orgRolestringCurrent role of the user that made the request.
user.namestringName of the Grafana user that made the request.
user.tokenIdnumberID of the user authentication token.
user.apiKeyIdnumberID of the Grafana API key used to make the request.
user.isAnonymous*booleanIf an anonymous user made the request, true. Otherwise, false.
action*stringThe request action. For example, create, update, or manage-permissions.
request*objectInformation about the HTTP request.
request.paramsobjectRequest’s path parameters.
request.queryobjectRequest’s query parameters.
request.bodystringRequest’s body.
result*objectInformation about the HTTP response.
result.statusTypestringIf the request action was successful, success. Otherwise, failure.
result.statusCodenumberHTTP status of the request.
result.failureMessagestringHTTP error message.
result.bodystringResponse body.
resourcesarrayInformation about the resources that the request action affected. This field can be null for non-resource actions such as login or logout.
resources[x].id*numberID of the resource.
resources[x].type*stringThe type of the resource that was logged: alert, alert-notification, annotation, api-key, auth-token, dashboard, datasource, folder, org, panel, playlist, report, team, user, or version.
requestUri*stringRequest URI.
ipAddress*stringIP address that the request was made from.
userAgent*stringAgent through which the request was made.
grafanaVersion*stringCurrent version of Grafana when this log is created.
additionalDataobjectAdditional information that can be provided about the request.

The additionalData field can contain the following information:

Field nameActionDescription
loginUsernameloginLogin used in the Grafana authentication form.
extUserInfologinUser information provided by the external system that was used to log in.
authTokenCountloginNumber of active authentication tokens for the user that logged in.
terminationReasonlogoutThe reason why the user logged out, such as a manual logout or a token expiring.

Recorded actions

The audit logs include records about the following categories of actions:


  • Log in.
  • Log out (manual log out, token expired/revoked, SAML Single Logout).
  • Revoke a user authentication token.
  • Create or delete an API key.

User management

  • Create, update, or delete a user.
  • Enable or disable a user.
  • Manage user role and permissions.
  • LDAP sync or information access.

Team and organization management

  • Create, update, or delete a team or organization.
  • Add or remove a member of a team or organization.
  • Manage organization members roles.
  • Manage team members permissions.
  • Invite an external member to an organization.
  • Revoke a pending invitation to an organization.
  • Add or remove an external group to sync with a team.

Folder and dashboard management

  • Create, update, or delete a folder.
  • Manage folder permissions.
  • Create, import, update, or delete a dashboard.
  • Restore an old dashboard version.
  • Manage dashboard permissions.

Data sources management

  • Create, update, or delete a data source.
  • Manage data source permissions.

Alerts and notification channels management

  • Create, update, or delete a notification channel.
  • Test an alert or a notification channel.
  • Pause an alert.


  • Create, update, or delete a report.
  • Update reporting settings.
  • Send reporting email.

Annotations, playlists and snapshots management

  • Create, update, or delete an annotation.
  • Create, update, or delete a playlist.
  • Create or delete a snapshot.


Note: The auditing feature is disabled by default.

Audit logs can be saved into files, sent to a Loki instance or sent to the Grafana default logger. By default, only the file exporter is enabled. You can choose which exporter to use in the configuration file.

Options are file, loki, and console. Use spaces to separate multiple modes, such as file loki.

By default, when a user creates or updates a dashboard, its content will not appear in the logs as it can significantly increase the size of your logs. If this is important information for you and you can handle the amount of data generated, then you can enable this option in the configuration.

# Enable the auditing feature
enabled = false
# List of enabled loggers
loggers = file
# Keep dashboard content in the logs (request or response fields); this can significantly increase the size of your logs.
log_dashboard_content = false

Each exporter has its own configuration fields.

File exporter

Audit logs are saved into files. You can configure the folder to use to save these files. Logs are rotated when the file size is exceeded and at the start of a new day.

# Path to logs folder
path = data/log
# Maximum log files to keep
max_files = 5
# Max size in megabytes per log file
max_file_size_mb = 256

Loki exporter

Audit logs are sent to a Loki service, through HTTP or gRPC.

The HTTP option for the Loki exporter is only available in Grafana Enterprise v7.4+.

# Set the communication protocol to use with Loki (can be grpc or http)
type = grpc
# Set the address for writing logs to Loki (format must be host:port)
url = localhost:9095
# Defaults to true. If true, it establishes a secure connection to Loki
tls = true

If you have multiple Grafana instances sending logs to the same Loki service or if you are using Loki for non-audit logs, audit logs come with additional labels to help identifying them:

  • host - OS hostname on which the Grafana instance is running.
  • grafana_instance - Application URL.
  • kind - auditing

Console exporter

Audit logs are sent to the Grafana default logger. The audit logs use the auditing.console logger and are logged on debug-level, learn how to enable debug logging in the log configuration section of the documentation. Accessing the audit logs in this way is not recommended for production use.