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Dashboarding with Grafana

Configure Grafana for edge visualization of the data. This can be done via Grafana's Web UI or via its REST APIs which could be invoked on the command line.

The tutorial project provides a pre-configured Grafana.json file that can simply be loaded into Grafana.

Grafana UI

  • In a web browser, navigate to http://localhost:3000

    • Initial login is admin/admin
  • Create an InfluxDB Data Source

    • Navigate to Data Sources within the Configuration panel (found in the left sidebar)
    • Select Add Data Source and choose InfluxDB
    • Provision the data source with the following settings. Any fields not mentioned below should be left blank/default:
Field Value
Name InfluxDB
Query Language Flux
HTTP / URL http://influxdb:8086
Auth / Basic auth Disabled
InfluxDB Details / Organization my-org
InfluxDB Details / Token custom-token
InfluxDB Details / Default Bucket my-bucket
  • Click Save & Test. A message saying "buckets found" should appear. See screenshots below:

Grafana Add InfluxDB Grafana Add InfluxDB

  • Load and view the Grafana dashboard

    • Select Create ("+") on the left sidebar and choose Import
    • Select Upload JSON file and upload the Grafana.json file provided in the tutorial project
    • Select Import

Grafana Import

  • The dashboard should look similar to as follows:



You should see from the dashboard that the Setting value of the Outlet Valve is constantly 0 (OFF) and is not yet changing. We will enable the rules to automatically control the Outlet Valve in the Edge Rules step

Grafana REST Commands

As an alternative to using the Grafana UI, Grafana can be configured via its REST APIs as follows:

  • Configure the InfluxDB data source:

    curl http://admin:admin@localhost:3000/api/datasources -H "Content-Type:application/json" -X POST \
      -d '{
            "name": "InfluxDB",
            "type": "influxdb",
            "url": "http://influxdb:8086",
            "jsonData": {
              "organization": "my-org",
              "defaultBucket": "my-bucket",
              "version": "Flux"
              "secureJsonData": {
                "token": "custom-token"

  • Load the tutorial-provided Grafana.json dashboard configuration:

    curl http://admin:admin@localhost:3000/api/dashboards/db -H "Content-Type:application/json" -X POST \
      -d '{
            "dashboard":'"$(cat Grafana.json | tr -d '\t\n\r ')"'

  • In a web browser, navigate to http://localhost:3000

    • Initial login is admin/admin
    • View the loaded dashboard at Dashboards / Manage / ChemicalTankDashboard which, once loaded, should look the same as the screenshot above
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