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Enterprise Open source

Data sources

Grafana supports many different storage backends for your time series data (data source). Refer to Add a data source for instructions on how to add a data source to Grafana. Only users with the organization admin role can add data sources.


Each data source has a specific Query Editor that is customized for the features and capabilities that the particular data source exposes. The query language and capabilities of each data source are obviously very different. You can combine data from multiple data sources onto a single Dashboard, but each Panel is tied to a specific data source that belongs to a particular Organization.

Supported data sources

Note: For a list of all data source plugins created by Grafana Labs, view the plugin catalog and select the “Data sources” and “Grafana Labs created” filters. For a list of all Enterprise-level plugins, which have additional support, also enable the Enterprise filter.

These data sources have additional documentation:

In addition to the data sources that you have configured in your Grafana instance, there are three special data sources available:

  • Grafana - A built-in data source that generates random walk data. Useful for testing visualizations and running experiments.
  • Mixed - Select this to query multiple data sources in the same panel. When this data source is selected, Grafana allows you to select a data source for every new query that you add.
    • The first query will use the data source that was selected before you selected Mixed.
    • You cannot change an existing query to use the Mixed Data Source.
    • Grafana Play example: Mixed data sources
  • Dashboard - Select this to use a result set from another panel in the same dashboard.

Data source plugins

You can install additional data sources as plugins. To view available data source plugins, see the Grafana Plugins catalog. To build your own, see the “Build a data source plugin” tutorial and our documentation about building a plugin.