Use Chronograf

Chronograf is a data visualization and dashboarding tool designed to visualize data in InfluxDB 1.x using the InfluxQL query language. This page walks through how to use Chronograf with InfluxDB Cloud Serverless.

Download and install Chronograf

If you haven’t already, download and install Chronograf.

Create an InfluxDB connection

  1. In Chronograf, click Configuration in the left navigation bar, and then click Add Connection.

  2. Enter your InfluxDB Cloud Serverless connection credentials:

    • Connection URL: InfluxDB Cloud Serverless region URL
    • Connection Name: Name to uniquely identify this connection configuration

    • Username: Arbitrary string (ignored, but cannot be empty)

    • Password: InfluxDB API token with read permissions on the bucket you want to query

    • Telegraf Database Name: InfluxDB bucket Chronograf uses to populate parts of the application, including the Host List page (default is telegraf)

    • Default Retention Policy: Default retention policy (leave blank)

      DBRPs map to InfluxDB buckets

      In InfluxDB Cloud Serverless, database and retention-policy (DBRP) combinations are mapped to buckets using the database-name/retention-policy naming convention or using manually created DBRP mappings. DBRP mappings are required to query InfluxDB Cloud using InfluxQL.

      For information, see Create DBRP mappings.

  3. Click Add Connection.

  4. Select the dashboards you would like to create, and then click Next.

  5. To configure a Kapacitor connection, provide the necessary credentials, and then click Continue. Otherwise, click Skip.

  6. Click Finish.

Query data in the Data Explorer

  1. In Chronograf, click Explore in the left navigation bar.
  2. Build and submit InfluxQL queries.

Schema information is not available

InfluxDB Cloud Serverless currently offers limited support of InfluxQL metaqueries, so schema information may not be available in the Data Explorer. This limits the Data Explorer’s query building functionality and requires you to build queries manually using fully-qualified measurements in the FROM clause. For example:

-- Fully-qualified measurement
SELECT * FROM "db-name"."rp-name"."measurement-name"

-- Fully-qualified measurement shorthand (use the default retention policy)
SELECT * FROM "db-name".."measurement-name"

For more information about available InfluxQL functionality, see InfluxQL feature support.

Important notes

No administrative functionality

Chronograf cannot be used for administrative tasks in InfluxDB Cloud Serverless. For example, you cannot do the following:

  • Define databases
  • Modify retention policies
  • Add users
  • Kill queries

When connected to an InfluxDB Cloud Serverless bucket, functionality in the InfluxDB Admin section of Chronograf is disabled.

To complete administrative tasks, use the following:

Limited InfluxQL feature support

InfluxQL is being rearchitected to work with the InfluxDB v3 storage engine. This process is ongoing and some InfluxQL features are still being implemented. For information about the current implementation status of InfluxQL features, see InfluxQL feature support.

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