Glossary

This topic lists words and abbreviations that commonly used in the Grafana documentation and community.

DashboardA set of one or more panels, organized and arranged into one or more rows, that provide an at-a-glance view of related information.
Data sourceA file, database, or service providing the data. Grafana supports a several data sources by default, and can be extended to support additional ones through plugins.
GraphA commonly-used visualization that displays data as points, lines, or bars.
PanelBasic building block in Grafana, composed by a query and a visualization. Can be moved and resized within a dashboard.
PluginAn extension of Grafana that allows users to provide additional functionality to enhance their experience. The types of plugins currently supported are:
  • App plugin: Extends Grafana with a customized experience. It includes a set of panel and data source plugins, as well as custom pages.
  • Data source plugin: Extends Grafana with supports additional data sources in Grafana.
  • Panel plugin: Extends Grafana with additional visualization options.
QueryUsed to request data from a data source. The structure and format of the query depend on the specific data source.
Time seriesA series of measurements, ordered by time. Time series are stored in data sources and returned as the result of a query.
VisualizationA graphical representation of query results.