Using InfluxDB in Grafana
Grafana ships with very feature rich data source plugin for InfluxDB. Supporting a feature rich query editor, annotation and templating queries.
Adding the data source
- Open the side menu by clicking the the Grafana icon in the top header.
In the side menu under the
Dashboardslink you should find a link named
NOTE: If this link is missing in the side menu it means that your current user does not have the
Adminrole for the current organization.
Add newlink in the top header.
|Name||The data source name, important that this is the same as in Grafana v1.x if you plan to import old dashboards.|
|Default||Default data source means that it will be pre-selected for new panels.|
|Url||The http protocol, ip and port of you influxdb api (influxdb api port is by default 8086)|
|Access||Proxy = access via Grafana backend, Direct = access directly from browser.|
|Database||Name of your influxdb database|
|User||Name of your database user|
|Password||Database user’s password|
Proxy access means that the Grafana backend will proxy all requests from the browser, and send them on to the Data Source. This is useful because it can eliminate CORS (Cross Origin Site Resource) issues, as well as eliminate the need to disseminate authentication details to the Data Source to the browser.
Direct access is still supported because in some cases it may be useful to access a Data Source directly depending on the use case and topology of Grafana, the user, and the Data Source.
You find the InfluxDB editor in the metrics tab in Graph or Singlestat panel’s edit mode. You enter edit mode by clicking the panel title, then edit. The editor allows you to select metrics and tags.
Filter data (WHERE)
To add a tag filter click the plus icon to the right of the
WHERE condition. You can remove tag filters by clicking on
the tag key and select
--remove tag filter--.
You can type in regex patterns for metric names or tag filter values, be sure to wrap the regex pattern in forward slashes (
will automatically adjust the filter tag condition to use the InfluxDB regex match condition operator (
Field & Aggregation functions
SELECT row you can specify what fields and functions you want to use. If you have a
group by time you need an aggregation function. Some functions like derivative require an aggregation function.
The editor tries simplify and unify this part of the query. For example:
The above will generate the following InfluxDB
SELECT derivative(mean("value"), 10s) /10 AS "REQ/s" FROM ....
Select multiple fields
Use the plus button and select Field > field to add another SELECT clause. You can also
specify an asterix
* to select all fields.
To group by a tag click the plus icon at the end of the GROUP BY row. Pick a tag from the dropdown that appears.
You can remove the group by by clicking on the
tag and then click on the x icon.
Text Editor Mode (RAW)
You can switch to raw query mode by clicking hamburger icon and then
Switch editor mode.
If you use Raw Query be sure your query at minimum have
WHERE $timeFilterAlso please always have a group by time and an aggregation function, otherwise InfluxDB can easily return hundreds of thousands of data points that will hang the browser.
- $m = replaced with measurement name
- $measurement = replaced with measurement name
- $col = replaced with column name
- $tag_hostname = replaced with the value of the hostname tag
- You can also use [[tag_hostname]] pattern replacement syntax
Table query / raw data
You can remove the group by time by clicking on the
time part and then the
x icon. You can
change the option
Format As to
Table if you want to show raw data in the
You can create a template variable in Grafana and have that variable filled with values from any InfluxDB metric exploration query. You can then use this variable in your InfluxDB metric queries.
For example you can have a variable that contains all values for tag
hostname if you specify a query like this
in the templating edit view.
SHOW TAG VALUES WITH KEY = "hostname"
You can also create nested variables. For example if you had another variable, for example
region. Then you could have
the hosts variable only show hosts from the current selected region with a query like this:
SHOW TAG VALUES WITH KEY = "hostname" WHERE region =~ /$region/
regex wildcardfor All format or multi select format.
Annotations allows you to overlay rich event information on top of graphs.
An example query:
SELECT title, description from events WHERE $timeFilter order asc