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1 What is Grafana?

It is an open source monitoring tool with visualisation. It can read from variety of sources. It is not a database.

1.1 See Grafana in action

Go to https://play.grafana.com to get a quickly get an idea about what it looks like.


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1.2 Public dashboards

Companies like GitLab and Wikimedia use it and have their dashboards public.

Some examples of public grafana dashboards

GitLab: https://dashboards.gitlab.com/ Wikimedia: https://grafana.wikimedia.org/?orgId=1 GridKa: https://grafana-sdm.scc.kit.edu/d/jEtLX97mz/gridka-overview?refresh=30m&orgId=1

Watch this wonderful webinar to learn about Grafana in 1 hour.1

2 Grafana is open source

Available on GitHub, start using it. There are hosted instances as well. Grafana Cloud can also be used. Go to https://grafana.com/ and sign up for a free account and start using it.

3 Learn Grafana

Go to https://grafana.com/tutorials/ and start by Grafana fundamentals.

4 How it works

Data producer <–> Data Source (database) <– Grafana/Grafana Dashboard

  • Data producer could be Raspberry Pi, Jenkins
  • Data Source can pull data from data producer. It could be a database like MySQL
  • Grafana will query

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5 Dashboard

  • Interactive
  • Zoom in
  • Logs can be viewed in dashboard as well
  • Curated set of visualisation that tells a story

5.1 Metric

CPU Load, Memory Usage

5.2 Log

Application logs with timestamp

6 How to start using it

  • Signup for a cloud instance or install it on your local.
  • Add a data source



Webinar to learn about Grafana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n2UNzk2OaI