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Create a dashboard

Dashboards and panels allow you to show your data in visual form. Each panel needs at least one query to display a visualization.

Before you begin:

  • Ensure that you have the proper permissions. For more information about permissions, refer to About users and permissions.
  • Identify the dashboard to which you want to add the panel.
  • Understand the query language of the target data source.
  • Ensure that data source for which you are writing a query has been added. For more information about adding a data source, refer to Add a data source if you need instructions.

To create a dashboard:

  1. Sign in to Grafana, hover your cursor over Dashboard, and click + New Dashboard.

  2. Click Add a new panel.

  3. In the first line of the Query tab, click the drop-down list and select a data source.

  4. Write or construct a query in the query language of your data source.

    For more information about data sources, refer to Data sources for specific guidelines.

  5. Click the Refresh dashboard icon to query the data source.

    Refresh dashboard icon

  6. In the visualization list, select a visualization type.

    Visualization selector

    Grafana displays a preview of your query results with the visualization applied.

    For more information about individual visualizations, refer to Visualizations options.

  7. Refer to the following documentation for ways you can adjust panel settings.

    While not required, most visualizations need some adjustment before they properly display the information that you need.

  8. When you’ve finished editing your panel, click Save to save the dashboard.

    Alternatively, click Apply if you want to see your changes applied to the dashboard first. Then click the save icon in the dashboard header.

  9. Enter a name for your dashboard and select a folder, if applicable.

  10. Click Save.

Configure repeating rows

You can configure Grafana to dynamically add panels or rows to a dashboard based on the value of a variable. Variables dynamically change your queries across all rows in a dashboard. For more information about repeating panels, refer to Configure repeating panels.

To see an example of repeating rows, refer to Dashboard with repeating rows. The example shows that you can also repeat rows if you have variables set with Multi-value or Include all values selected.

Before you begin:

  • Ensure that the query includes a multi-value variable.

To configure repeating rows:

  1. On the dashboard home page, click Add panel.

  2. On the Add a panel dialog box, click Add a new row.

  3. Hover over the row title and click the cog icon.

  4. On the Row Options dialog box, add a title and select the variable for which you want to add repeating rows.

Note: To provide context to dashboard users, add the variable to the row title.

Move a panel

You can place a panel on a dashboard in any location.

  1. Open the dashboard.

  2. Click the panel title and drag the panel to the new location.

Resize a panel

You can size a dashboard panel to suits your needs.

  1. Open the dashboard.

  2. To adjust the size of the panel, click and drag the lower-right corner of the panel.