Installing on Mac

Install using homebrew

Installation can be done using homebrew

Install latest stable:

brew update
brew install grafana

To start grafana look at the command printed after the homebrew install completes.

To upgrade use the reinstall command

brew update
brew reinstall grafana

You can also install the latest unstable grafana from git:

brew install --HEAD grafana/grafana/grafana

To upgrade grafana if you’ve installed from HEAD:

brew reinstall --HEAD grafana/grafana/grafana

Starting Grafana

To start Grafana using homebrew services first make sure homebrew/services is installed.

brew tap homebrew/services

Then start Grafana using:

brew services start grafana


The Configuration file should be located at /usr/local/etc/grafana/grafana.ini.


The log file should be located at /usr/local/var/log/grafana/grafana.log.


If you want to manually install a plugin place it here: /usr/local/var/lib/grafana/plugins.


The default sqlite database is located at /usr/local/var/lib/grafana

Installing from binary tar file

Download the latest .tar.gz file and extract it. This will extract into a folder named after the version you downloaded. This folder contains all files required to run Grafana. There are no init scripts or install scripts in this package.

To configure Grafana add a configuration file named custom.ini to the conf folder and override any of the settings defined in conf/defaults.ini.

Start Grafana by executing ./bin/grafana-server web. The grafana-server binary needs the working directory to be the root install directory (where the binary and the public folder is located).