Create a Dashboard

Chronograf offers a complete dashboard solution for visualizing your data and monitoring your infrastructure. Use Chronograf’s pre-created dashboards or create customized dashboards to meet your setup’s needs. This guide introduces Chronograf’s customized dashboard features.

By the end of this document, you’ll be aware of all the tools you need to create a dashboard similar to this one:

Oh, the Chronobilities

Requirements

This guide assumes you have a working Chronograf instance that’s connected to an InfluxDB source. It uses data from Telegraf’s system statistics input plugin. See the Getting Started guide for step-by-step installation and configuration instructions.

Build a Dashboard

Before you start, navigate to the Dashboards page and click on the Create Dashboard button. That button takes you to your new dashboard; this is your blank canvas on which you’ll create your visualization masterpieces.

Step 1: Name your dashboard

Click the Rename icon at the top of the page. Name your dashboard anything you want. Here, we call it ChronoDash.

Name your dashboard

Step 2: Enter cell editor mode

Click on the carrot in the existing cell’s top right corner and select Edit. This step takes you to cell editor mode.

Edit your cell

Step 3: Create your query

Click on the blue Add a Query button to create and edit an InfluxQL query. In query editor mode, use the builder to select from your existing data and allow Chronograf to format the query for you. Alternatively, manually enter and edit a query. Chronograf allows you to move seamlessly between using the builder and manually editing the query; when possible, the interface automatically populates the builder with the information from your raw query.

Here, we use the builder to generate a query that shows the average idle CPU usage grouped by host (in this case, there are three hosts). By default, Chronograf shows data from the past one hour; that time range is configurable on the dashboard.

Build your query

Step 4: Choose your visualization type

Chronograf supports several visualization types:

Line
Show time-series in a line graph.

Stacked
Show time-series arranged on top of each other.

Step-Plot
Show time-series in a staircase graph.

SingleStat
Show the time-series’ single most recent value.

Line+Stat
Show time-series in a line graph and overlay the time-series’ single most recent value.

Here, we choose the Step-Plot:

Visualization type

Step 5: Save your cell

Click on the green checkmark to save your cell. Note that Chronograf does not save your cell if you navigate away from this page without clicking that checkmark.

Step 6: Configure your dashboard

Customize cells:

  • Rename your cell by clicking on the carrot in its top right corner and selecting Rename
  • Move your cell around by clicking its top bar and dragging it around the page
  • Resize your cell by clicking and dragging its bottom right corner

Explore cell data:

  • Zoom in on your cell by clicking and dragging your mouse over the area of interest
  • Pan over your cell data by pressing the shift key and clicking and dragging your mouse over the graph
  • Reset your cell by double-clicking your mouse in the cell window

Note: These tips only apply to the line, stacked, step-plot, and line+stat visualization types.

Configure dashboard-wide settings:

  • Set the dashboard’s auto-refresh interval at the top of the page - the default interval is every 15 seconds
  • Set the dashboard’s time range at the top of the page - the default range is the past one hour

Visualization type

Next, complete your dashboard by creating, editing, and repositioning more cells!

Extra Tips

Full screen mode

View your dashboard in full screen mode by clicking on the full screen icon in the top right corner of your dashboard. To exit full screen mode, press the Esc key.

Template variables

Dashboards support template variables. See the Dashboard Template Variables guide for more information.

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