What’s New in Grafana v6.3

For all details please read the full CHANGELOG.md

Highlights

Explore improvements

This release adds a ton of enhancements to Explore. Both in terms of new general enhancements but also in new data source specific features.

Loki live streaming

For log queries using the Loki data source you can now stream logs live directly to the Explore UI.

Loki context queries

After finding a log line through the heavy use of query filters it can then be useful to see the log lines surrounding the line your searched for. The show context feature allows you to view lines before and after the line of interest.

Elasticsearch logs support

This release adds support for searching & visualizing logs stored in Elasticsearch in the Explore mode. With a special simplified query interface specifically designed for logs search.

New Time Picker

Please read Using Elasticsearch in Grafana for more detailed information on how to get started and use it.

InfluxDB logs support

This release adds support for searching & visualizing logs stored in InfluxDB in the Explore mode. With a special simplified query interface specifically designed for logs search.

New Time Picker

Please read Using InfluxDB in Grafana for more detailed information on how to get started and use it.

We have simplified the UI for defining panel drilldown links (and renamed them to Panel links). We have also added a new type of link named Data link. The reason to have two different types is to make it clear how they are used and what variables you can use in the link. Panel links are only shown in the top left corner of the panel and you cannot reference series name or any data field.

While Data links are used by the actual visualization and can reference data fields.

Example:

http://my-grafana.com/d/bPCI6VSZz/other-dashboard?var-server=${__series_name}

You have access to these variables:

NameDescription
${__series_name}The name of the time series (or table)
${__value_time}The time of the point your clicking on (in millisecond epoch)
${__url_time_range}Interpolates as the full time range (i.e. from=21312323412&to=21312312312)
${__all_variables}Adds all current variables (and current values) to the url

You can then click on point in the Graph.

New Time Picker

For now only the Graph panel supports Data links but we hope to add these to many visualizations.

New Time Picker

The time picker has been re-designed and with a more basic design that makes accessing quick ranges more easy.

New Time Picker

Graph Gradients

Want more eye candy in your graphs? Then the fill gradient option might be for you! Works really well for graphs with only a single series.

Graph Gradient Area

Looks really nice in light theme as well.

Graph Gradient Area

Grafana Enterprise

Substantial refactoring and improvements to the external auth systems has gone in to this release making the features listed below possible as well as laying a foundation for future enhancements.

LDAP Active Sync

This is a new Enterprise feature that enables background syncing of user information, org role and teams memberships. This syncing is otherwise only done at login time. With this feature you can schedule how often this user synchronization should occur.

For example, lets say a user is removed from an LDAP group. In previous versions of Grafana an admin would have to wait for the user to logout or the session to expire for the Grafana permissions to update, a process that can take days.

With active sync the user would be automatically removed from the corresponding team in Grafana or even logged out and disabled if no longer belonging to an LDAP group that gives them access to Grafana.

Read more

SAML Authentication

Built-in support for SAML is now available in Grafana Enterprise.

See docs

Team Sync for GitHub OAuth

When setting up OAuth with GitHub it’s now possible to sync GitHub teams with Teams in Grafana.

See docs

Team Sync for Auth Proxy

We’ve added support for enriching the Auth Proxy headers with Teams information, which makes it possible to use Team Sync with Auth Proxy.

See docs