Plugins 〉Thruk

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Thruk Grafana Datasource - a Grafana backend datasource using Thruks REST API

Thruk Grafana Datasource


Search for thruk in the Grafana plugins directory or simply use the grafana-cli command:

%> grafana-cli plugins install sni-thruk-datasource

Also OMD-Labs comes with this datasource included, so if you use OMD-Labs, everything is setup already.

Otherwise follow these steps:

%> cd var/grafana/plugins
%> git clone -b release-1.0.4
%> restart grafana

Replace release-1.0.4 with the last available release branch.

Create Datasource

Add a new datasource and select:

Use the Grafana proxy.

Table Queries

Using the table panel, you can display most data from the rest api. However only text, numbers and timestamps can be displayed in a sane way. Support for nested data structures is limited.

Select the rest path from where you want to display data. Then choose all columns. Aggregation functions can be added as well and always affect the column following afterwards.

Variable Queries

Thruks rest api can be used to fill grafana variables. For example to get all hosts of a certain hostgroup, use this example query:

SELECT name FROM hosts WHERE groups >= 'linux'

Annotation Queries

Annotation queries can be used to add logfile entries into your graphs. Please note that annotations are shared across all graphs in a dashboard.

It is important to use at least a time filter.


Single Stat Queries

Single stats are best used with REST endpoints which return aggregated values already or use aggregation functions like, avg, sum, min, max or count.

Timeseries based panels

Althouth Thruk isn't a timeseries databases und usually only returns table data, some queries can be converted to fake timeseries if the panel cannot handle table data.

You can either use queries which have 2 columns (name, value) or queries which only return a single result row with numeric values only.

Statistic Data Pie Chart

For example the pie chart plugin can be used with stats queries like this:

SELECT count() state, state FROM /hosts

The query is expected to fetch 2 columns. The first is the value, the second is the name.

Single Host Pie Chart

Ex.: Use statistics data for a single host to put it into a pie chart:

SELECT num_services_ok, num_services_warn, num_services_crit, num_services_unknown FROM /hosts WHERE name = '$name' LIMIT 1

Pie Chart

Using Variables

Dashboard variables can be used in almost all queries. For example if you define a dashboard variable named host you can then use $host in your queries.

There is a special syntax for time filter: field = $time which will be replaced by (field >= starttime AND field <= endtime). This can be used to reduce results to the dashboards timeframe.

SELECT time, message FROM /hosts/$host/alerts WHERE time = $time

which is the same as

SELECT time, message FROM /alerts WHERE host_name = "$host" AND time = $time



To test and improve the plugin you can run Grafana instance in Docker using following command (in the source directory of this plugin):

%> make dev

This will start a grafana container and a build watcher which updates the plugin is the dist/ folder.

The dev instance can be accessed at `http://localhost:3000``

Note: You need to add the datasource manually and you need to run "make build" once before starting the dev container, otherwise Grafana won't find the datasource.


For testing you can use the demo Thruk instance at:

Create Release

How to create a new release:

%> export RELVERSION=1.0.7
%> export GRAFANA_API_KEY=...
%> vi package.json # replace version
%> vi # add changelog entry
%> git commit -am "Release v${RELVERSION}"
%> git tag -a v${RELVERSION} -m "Create release tag v${RELVERSION}"
%> make GRAFANA_API_KEY=${GRAFANA_API_KEY} releasebuild
# create release here
# submit plugin update here



Installing Thruk on Grafana Cloud:

For more information, visit the docs on plugin installation.


2.0.4 2023-12-04 - remove time filter restriction - update grafana toolkit to 10.1.5

2.0.3 2023-07-14 - make drag/drop more obvious - set correct field type for numeric columns - fix removing * from column list

2.0.2 2023-05-30 - fix using variables in path/from field

2.0.1 2022-12-02 - fix syntax error in variables query

2.0.0 2022-10-28 - rebuild with react for grafana 9 - add support for logs explorer - query editor: - support sorting columns

1.0.7 2022-02-11 - rebuild for grafana 8 - update dependencies

1.0.6 2021-01-04 - sign plugin - switch package builds to yarn

1.0.5 2020-09-11 - improve packaging

1.0.4 2020-06-29 - fix export with "Export for sharing externally" enabled

1.0.3 2019-02-15 - support aggregation functions - convert hash responses into tables - support timeseries based panels

1.0.2 2019-01-04 - add more time styles

1.0.1 2018-09-30 - fix annotation query parser

1.0.0 2018-09-14 - inital release