What is Grafana?

Grafana allows you to query, visualize, alert on and understand your metrics no matter where they are stored. Create, explore, and share beautiful dashboards with your team and foster a data driven culture.

The easiest way to get started is with Grafana Cloud, our fully composable observability stack.

The evolution of Grafana

Since it was started in 2014, Grafana has become one of the most popular open source projects on GitHub.

  • Explore for ad-hoc data exploration and troubleshooting
  • Gauge Panel
  • New Panel Editor UX improvements
  • Google Stackdriver Datasource released
  • Azure Monitor plugin core datasource
  • React plugin support
  • Named colors for improved color picking
  • Removal of user session storage
  • New Panel Editor
  • Explore new tracing UI
  • Usage insights for enterprise customers
  • Transformations and simple Math operations for all data sources
  • New plugins platform
  • Cloudwatch support
  • Time zone support
  • Unified alerts
  • Library panels for improved dashboards
  • Real-time streaming
  • Fine-grained access control
  • Data source query caching
  • New panels for bar charts, state timeline, histogram
  • Plugin catalog
  • Prometheus and Loki visual query builders
  • New heatmap, geomap, candlestick panels
  • New Explore-to-dashboard workflow
  • Command palette navigation
  • Envelope encryption
  • New panel search
  • Alerting UX improvements

“The goal when creating Grafana was to make the things I found hard, and other people found hard, more easy and accessible. That way, more people could actually start instrumenting their applications and creating dashboards by themselves. Make the tools of observability accessible to everyone in an organization, not just the single Ops person.”

Torkel Ödegaard

Torkel Ödegaard
CGO, Co-founder, Grafana Labs

Community-driven development is at the heart of Grafana

Built on open source

  • 900k+ active installs
  • 49k GitHub stars
Grafana Swirl

Driven by the community

  • 10M+ global users
  • 1,700+ contributors
Grafana Swirl

Meet the Grafana contributors

Grafana Labs is proud to lead the development of the Grafana project. And we’re hiring!

Choose the version of Grafana that’s best for you

Get Grafana fully managed with Grafana Cloud or run on your own infrastructure with self-managed options.

Open source

Centralize the analysis, visualization, and alerting for all of your data with Grafana.

For users who prefer to set up, administer, and maintain their own installation.


Offered as a fully managed service, Grafana Cloud is the fastest way to adopt Grafana and includes a scalable, managed backend for metrics, logs, and traces.

Managed and administered by Grafana Labs with free and paid options for individuals, teams, and large enterprises.

Includes a robust free tier with access to 10k metrics, 50GB logs, 50GB traces, and 500 VUh of k6 testing for 3 users.


Grafana’s powerful visualization and alerting, enhanced with access to Enterprise data source plugins and built-in collaboration features.

For organizations that have specific privacy or security requirements and need a self-managed environment.

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