This topic describes how to import monitoring data from CloudMonitor to Grafana for data visualization.

Background information

CloudMonitor stores both custom monitoring data and the system monitoring data of the core products of Alibaba Cloud. In addition to using the built-in charts, graphs, and dashboards provided by CloudMonitor to display the data, you can also use the third-party tool Grafana for further data visualization options. To use Grafana, complete the instructions in the following sections.


  1. Download and install Grafana.

    You can install Grafana on CentOS by using the following two commands:

    Command 1:

    yum install

    Command 2:

    sudo yum localinstall grafana-5.3.0-1.x86_64.rpm 

    For more information, see Officially recommended installation methods.

  2. Start Grafana.

    Run the service grafana-server start command to start Grafana.


  1. Install the CloudMonitor data source agent.

    Confirm the directory in which the Grafana agent is to be installed, install the agent, and then restart grafana-server.

    Note For example, the agent is installed in the /var/lib/grafana/plugins/ directory on CentOS.

    On CentOS, the installation command is as follows:

    cd /var/lib/grafana/plugins/
    git clone 
    service grafana-server restart

    Alternatively, you can download, decompress it, upload it to the plugins directory of the Grafana on the server, and then restart grafana-server.

    Note You cannot set alarms for monitoring data in the current version of Grafana.
  2. Configure the CloudMonitor data source agent.

    After Grafana is successfully installed, its default access port number is 3000. The user name and password are both set as admin.

    1. On the Grafana homepage, choose Configuration > Data Sources.
    2. On the Data Sources page, click Add data source in the upper-right corner.
    3. Set parameters for the data source.
      Configuration item Description
      Data source Name: Enter a name for the data source.

      Type: Select CMS Grafana Service.

      HTTP URL: is used as an example. For more information, see Endpoints.

      Access: Retain the default option.

      Auth Retain the default settings.
      CloudMonitor service details Enter an AccessKey (AK) of an account that has the appropriate read and write permissions.

      The AK of your RAM user account is recommended.

      The following figure shows the configuration items.

    4. Click Save & Test.
  3. Create a dashboard.
    1. On the Grafana homepage, choose Dashboards > Manage.

    2. Create a dashboard by using any of the following conditions:
      • Click +Dashboard.
      • Click +Folder to create a folder, and then click +Dashboard.
      • Click +Import to import a dashboard.
  4. Configure a graph.
    1. Choose New Panel > Add > Graph and click Panel Title. In the displayed dialog box, click Edit.
    2. In the Metrics area, set datasource to cms-grafana and set Project, Metric, Period, Y-column, and X-column, as shown in the following figure.

      For more information, see QueryMetricList.

      The following describes some of the other parameters in detail:

      Group: Indicates the CloudMonitor application group to which your Alibaba Cloud account belongs.

      Dimensions: Indicates the latest set of the instance monitoring data that relates to the configuration item of Project and Metric. If you set this parameter to Group, monitoring data for instances in this group will be displayed.

      Y-column: You can select more than one option.

      X-column: Set to timestamp.

      Y-column describe: Indicates what is each option displayed in Y-column.

      For more information about the graph, click here.

      • You can set all the parameters manually by following the instructions in QueryMetricList.
      • You can enter null for a parameter to cancel it. This can be done for any of the parameters.
      • You can refresh the page to view the full list or enter the InstanceID in the search bar in the case of incomplete information relating to the instances (previously set as dimensions).

      For custom monitoring data, you need to manually enter the following parameters:

      • Project: Enter acs_customMetric and your Alibaba Cloud account ID.
      • Metric: Indicates the metricName for reporting monitoring data.
      • Period: Indicates the period of time for reporting monitoring data.
      • Group: Indicates the group ID corresponding to Metric.
      • Dimensions: Indicates the dimension for reporting monitoring data. Currently, no drop-down list is available that can provide multiple options. Moreover, only one dimension can be selected at a time. Selecting more than one dimension is currently not supported. Therefore, if you enter multiple dimensions, only the first one will be valid by default.
        Note If the dimensions provided by the CloudMonitor console are found in the following format env: public, step: 5-ReadFromAlertOnline, then you will need to replace the commas (,) with ampersands (&).
      • Y-column: Includes Average, Maximum, Minimum, Sum, SampleCount, P10, P20, P99, along with other options for reporting monitoring data.
      • X-column: Set to timestamp.

      The following figure shows an example visualization for custom monitoring data.

  5. Configure the Singlestat panel.
    1. Choose New Panel > Add > Singlestat and click Panel Title. In the displayed dialog box, click Edit.
    2. In the Metric area, set parameters by following the instructions provided in step 4.

      The following figure shows an example of a configured Singlestat panel.

      For more information, see Singlestat.
  6. View monitoring results.