About 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 evolution of Grafana

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

  • Improved UX and page design
  • New grid layout system for flexible dashboard building
  • Dashboard Folders
  • Teams
  • Permissions
  • Datasource/dashboards config from files
  • 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

“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

Grafana Swirl

Built on open source

  • Projects used by millions of users
  • 750k+ active installs
  • 42K GitHub stars

Grafana Swirl

Driven by the community

  • Users are the DNA of Grafana
  • 4M+ global users
  • 1,550+ community contributors

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

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