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This plugin is now DEPRECATED and NO LONGER MAINTAINED by the Grafana team. This deprecation means that this plugin won’t receive any feature updates or bug fixes. After 6 months (End of June 2024), the plugin will reach EOL and the repository will be archived. You can use Grafana Infinity data source plugin as an alternative for connecting to JSON/CSV/XML/GraphQL endpoints. Refer the migration guide here, if you still prefer connecting to existing grafana simple JSON backend server implementation. Alternatively, If you are looking for building your own plugin, consider the examples here and documentation here.
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Simple JSON Datasource - a generic backend datasource

More documentation about datasource plugins can be found in the Docs.

This also serves as a living example implementation of a datasource.

Your backend needs to implement 4 urls:

  • / should return 200 ok. Used for "Test connection" on the datasource config page.
  • /search used by the find metric options on the query tab in panels.
  • /query should return metrics based on input.
  • /annotations should return annotations.

Those two urls are optional:

  • /tag-keys should return tag keys for ad hoc filters.
  • /tag-values should return tag values for ad hoc filters.


To install this plugin using the grafana-cli tool:

sudo grafana-cli plugins install grafana-simple-json-datasource
sudo service grafana-server restart

See here for more information.

Example backend implementations

Query API

Example timeserie request

  "panelId": 1,
  "range": {
    "from": "2016-10-31T06:33:44.866Z",
    "to": "2016-10-31T12:33:44.866Z",
    "raw": {
      "from": "now-6h",
      "to": "now"
  "rangeRaw": {
    "from": "now-6h",
    "to": "now"
  "interval": "30s",
  "intervalMs": 30000,
  "targets": [
     { "target": "upper_50", "refId": "A", "type": "timeserie" },
     { "target": "upper_75", "refId": "B", "type": "timeserie" }
  "adhocFilters": [{
    "key": "City",
    "operator": "=",
    "value": "Berlin"
  "format": "json",
  "maxDataPoints": 550

Example timeserie response

    "target":"upper_75", // The field being queried for
      [622,1450754160000],  // Metric value as a float , unixtimestamp in milliseconds

If the metric selected is "type": "table", an example table response:


Annotation API

The annotation request from the Simple JSON Datasource is a POST request to the /annotations endpoint in your datasource. The JSON request body looks like this:

  "range": {
    "from": "2016-04-15T13:44:39.070Z",
    "to": "2016-04-15T14:44:39.070Z"
  "rangeRaw": {
    "from": "now-1h",
    "to": "now"
  "annotation": {
    "name": "deploy",
    "datasource": "Simple JSON Datasource",
    "iconColor": "rgba(255, 96, 96, 1)",
    "enable": true,
    "query": "#deploy"

Grafana expects a response containing an array of annotation objects in the following format:

    annotation: annotation, // The original annotation sent from Grafana.
    time: time, // Time since UNIX Epoch in milliseconds. (required)
    title: title, // The title for the annotation tooltip. (required)
    tags: tags, // Tags for the annotation. (optional)
    text: text // Text for the annotation. (optional)

Note: If the datasource is configured to connect directly to the backend, you also need to implement an OPTIONS endpoint at /annotations that responds with the correct CORS headers:

Access-Control-Allow-Headers:accept, content-type

Search API

Example request

{ target: 'upper_50' }

The search api can either return an array or map.

Example array response


Example map response

[ { "text" :"upper_25", "value": 1}, { "text" :"upper_75", "value": 2} ]

Tag Keys API

Example request

{ }

The tag keys api returns:


Tag Values API

Example request

{"key": "City"}

The tag values api returns:

    {'text': 'Eins!'},
    {'text': 'Zwei'},
    {'text': 'Drei!'}

Dev setup

This plugin requires node 6.10.0

npm install -g yarn
yarn install
npm run build



  • Fix for query editor to be compatible with Grafana 7+ (broke due to change in Grafana).


  • Support for adhoc filters:
    • added tag-keys + tag-values api
    • added adHocFilters parameter to query body


  • Fix for dropdowns in query editor to allow writing template variables (broke due to change in Grafana).


  • Adds support for With Credentials (sends grafana cookies with request) when using Direct mode
  • Fix for the typeahead component for metrics dropdown (/search endpoint).


  • Adds support for basic authentication


  • Add support returning sets in the search endpoint


  • Allow nested templates in find metric query. #23


  • Dont execute hidden queries
  • Template support for metrics queries
  • Template support for annotation queries

If using Grafana 2.6

NOTE! for grafana 2.6 please use this version

Copy the data source you want to /public/app/plugins/datasource/. Then restart grafana-server. The new data source should now be available in the data source type dropdown in the Add Data Source View.

Installing SimpleJson on Grafana Cloud:

For more information, visit the docs on plugin installation.