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Grafana GitHub datasource

The GitHub datasource allows GitHub API data to be visually represented in Grafana dashboards.

GitHub API V4 (GraphQL)

This datasource uses the githubv4 package, which is under active development.



  • Releases
  • Commits
  • Repositories
  • Stargazers
  • Issues
  • Organizations
  • Labels
  • Milestones
  • Response Caching
  • Projects
  • Workflows
  • Deploys


  • Visualize queries
  • Template variables
  • Annotations


Caching on this plugin is always enabled.



Access tokentrue
Default Organizationfalse
Default Repositorytrue
GitHub Enterprise URLfalse

To create a new Access Token, navigate to Personal Access Tokens and press Generate new token.


It’s possible to configure data sources using config files with Grafana’s provisioning system.

With the prom-operator

      - name: GitHub Repo Insights
        type: grafana-github-datasource
          owner: ''
          repository: ''
          accessToken: '<github api token>'


Annotations overlay events on a graph.

Annotations on a graph

With annotations, you can display:

  • Commits
  • Issues
  • Pull Requests
  • Releases
  • Tags

on a graph.

All annotations require that you select a field to display on the annotation, and a field that represents the time that the event occurred.

Annotations editor


Variables allow you to substitute values in a panel with pre-defined values.

Creating Variables

You can reference them inside queries, allowing users to configure parameters such as Query or Repository.

Using Variables inside queries


You can use the following macros in your queries

Macro NameSyntaxDescriptionExample
multiVar$__multiVar(prefix,$var)Expands a multi value variable into github query string$__multiVar(label,$labels) will expand into label:first-label label:second-label
When using all in multi variable, use * as custom all value
day$__toDay(diff)Returns the day according to UTC time, a difference in days can be addedcreated:$__toDay(-7) on 2022-01-17 will expand into created:2022-01-10

Access Token Permissions

For all repositories:

  • public_repo
  • repo:status
  • repo_deployment
  • read:packages
  • read:user
  • user:email

For Github projects:

  • read:org
  • read:project

An extra setting is required for private repositories

  • repo (Full control of private repositories)

Sample Dashboard

For documentation on importing dashboards, check out the documentation on

The sample dashboard can be obtained from either of two places.

  1. From the Grafana dashboards page located here

  2. From this repository

If loading it from this repository, open Grafana and click "Import Dashboard".

Copy the JSON in ./src/dashboards/dashboard.json, and paste it into the "Import via panel json" box.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am using GitHub OAuth on Grafana. Can my users make requests with their individual GitHub accounts instead of a shared access_token?

No. This requires changes in Grafana first. See this issue in the Grafana project.

  • Why does it sometimes take up to 5 minutes for my new pull request / new issue / new commit to show up?

We have aggressive caching enabled due to GitHub's rate limiting policies. When selecting a time range like "Last hour", a combination of the queries for each panel and the time range is cached temporarily.

  • Why are there two selection options for Pull Requests and Issue times when creating annotations?

There are two times that affect an annotation:

  • The time range of the dashboard or panel
  • The time that should be used to display the event on the graph

The first selection is used to filter the events that display on the graph. For example, if you select "closed at", only events that were "closed" in your dashboard's time range will be displayed on the graph.

The second selection is used to determine where on the graph the event should be displayed.

Typically these will be the same, however there are some cases where you may want them to be different.

Installing GitHub on Grafana Cloud:

For more information, visit the docs on plugin installation.

Change Log


  • Chore - Update dependencies


  • Chore - Build with go 1.22.2
  • Chore - Bump grafana-plugin-sdk-go to v0.220.0 (latest)
  • Bug Fix - Prevent partial queries running on change of query type


  • Chore - Build with go 1.22
  • Fix - Make health check faster by using github-datasource repository instead of grafana


  • Chore - Bump grafana-plugin-sdk-go to v0.198.0 (latest)
  • Bug Fix - Fix tag queries to return commits as well
  • Bug Fix - Fix for resetting URL in the config page


  • Chore - Bump grafana-plugin-sdk-go to latest
  • Chore - Added lint github workflow
  • Chore - Remove legacy form styling


  • BugFix - Fix config page backwards compatibility with Grafana < 10.1

[1.5.1] - 2023-10-10

  • Feature - Update configuration page
  • Chore - Update feature tracking usage to improve performance

[1.5.0] - 2023-09-13

  • Feature - Issues Query: Allow repo to be optional

[1.4.7] - 2023-08-03

  • Feature - Add ability to query Workflow and Workflow usage

[1.4.6] - 2023-07-14

  • Bugfix - Fixed a bug where disabled queries were still being executed

[1.4.5] - 2023-05-04

  • Chore - Backend binaries are now compiled with golang 1.20.4

[1.4.4] - 2023-04-19

  • Chore - Updated go version to 1.20

[1.4.3] - 2023-03-07

  • Chore - Update grafana-plugin-sdk-go to v0.155.0 to fix The content of this plugin does not match its signature error

[1.4.2] - 2023-03-06

  • Chore - Migrate to create plugin and upgrade dependencies

[1.4.1] - 2023-03-01

  • Feature - Added RepositoryVulnerabilityAlertState field to Vulnerabilities query

[1.4.0] - 2023-02-03

  • Feature - Added stargazers query type
  • Chore - Minor documentation updates

[1.3.3] - 2023-01-09

  • Chore - Removed angular dependency: migrated annotation editor

[1.3.2] - next

  • Feature Added $__toDay() macro support

[1.3.1] 2022-12-21

  • Chore - Updated go version to latest (1.19.4)
  • Chore - Updated backend grafana dependencies
  • Chore - Added spellcheck

[1.3.0] 2022-11-3

  • Feature - Github projects - query items, user projects
  • Chore - Updated build to use go 1.19.3

[1.2.0] 2022-10-20

  • Feature - Github projects

[1.1.0] - next

  • Updated grafana minimum runtime required to 8.4.7

[1.0.15] 2022-05-05

  • Fix variable interpolation

[1.0.14] 2022-04-25

  • Added a $__multiVar() macro support

[1.0.13] 2021-12-01

  • Fixed a bug where dashboard variables could not be set properly

[1.0.12] 2021-12-01

  • Added refId in annotation queries

[1.0.11] 2021-05-17

  • Added repository fields to the responses

[1.0.10] 2021-04-01

  • Fixed issue where some time values were being rendered incorrectly

[1.0.9] 2021-04-01

  • Fixed issue where dashboard path was not incorrect

[1.0.8] 2020-12-10

  • Fixed issue where screenshots were not rendering on (thanks @mjseaman)

[1.0.7] 2020-12-07

  • Added Tags to the list of queryable resources in the AnnotationsQueryEditor ( thanks @nazzzzz)

[1.0.6] 2020-09-24

  • Added a message to the healthcheck success status (thanks @vladimirdotk)
  • Added URL option for GitHub Enterprise Users (thanks @bmike78)

[1.0.5] 2020-09-15

  • Added Pull Request ID (Number), URL, and Repository name to pull request responses ( fixes #60 )
  • Added the ability to search for all Pull Requests in an organization using the org: search term ( fixes #61 )
  • Removed limit from repository list ( fixes #59 )

[1.0.3] 2020-09-11

  • Add the ability to disable time field filtering for pull requests ( fixes #57 )

[1.0.1] 2020-09-11

  • Add the ability to query repositories for variables ( fixes #52 )
  • Fix scoped variables for repeating panels ( fixes #51 )
  • The default time field for pull requests (Closed At) is now being displayed instead of an empty dropdown

[1.0.0] 2020-09-10

  • Initial release