Deploying Grafana with One-Click Apps

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Grafana is an open source analytics and monitoring solution with a focus on accessibility for metric visualization. You can use Grafana to create, monitor, store, and share metrics with your team to keep tabs on your infrastructure. Grafana is very lightweight and does not use a lot of memory and CPU resources.

Deploy Grafana with One-Click Apps

One-Click Apps allow you to easily deploy software on a Linode using the Linode Cloud Manager. To access Linode’s One-Click Apps:

  1. Log in to your Linode Cloud Manager account.

  2. From the Linode dashboard, click on the Create button in the top right-hand side of the screen and select Linode from the dropdown menu.

  3. The Linode creation page will appear. Select the One-Click tab.

  4. Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy:

    Select a One-Click App to deploy
  5. Once you have selected the app, proceed to the app’s Options section and provide values for the required fields.

Grafana Options

The Grafana One-Click form includes a field for your Grafana admin’s password. After your app is deployed, visit the Getting Started After Deployment section.

Field                                  Description
Grafana Password Set your Grafana instance’s admin password. You will use this password when first logging into Grafana.

Linode Options

After providing the app-specific options, provide configurations for your Linode server:

Configuration Description
Select an Image Debian 9 is currently the only image supported by the Grafana One-Click App, and it is pre-selected on the Linode creation page. Required
Region The region where you would like your Linode to reside. In general, it’s best to choose a location that’s closest to you. For more information on choosing a DC, review the How to Choose a Data Center guide. You can also generate MTR reports for a deeper look at the network routes between you and each of our data centers. Required.
Linode Plan Your Linode’s hardware resources. You can use any size Linode for your Grafana App as it uses minimal system resources. The minimum recommended memory is 255 MB and the minimum recommended CPU is 1. You can always resize your Linode to a different plan later if you feel you need to increase or decrease your system resources. Required
Linode Label The name for your Linode, which must be unique between all of the Linodes on your account. This name will be how you identify your server in the Cloud Manager’s Dashboard. Required.
Add Tags A tag to help organize and group your Linode resources. Tags can be applied to Linodes, Block Storage Volumes, NodeBalancers, and Domains.
Root Password The primary administrative password for your Linode instance. This password must be provided when you log in to your Linode via SSH. It must be at least 6 characters long and contain characters from two of the following categories: lowercase and uppercase case letters, numbers, and punctuation characters. Your root password can be used to perform any action on your server, so make it long, complex, and unique. Required

When you’ve provided all required Linode Options, click on the Create button. Your Grafana app will complete installation anywhere between 2-5 minutes after your Linode has finished provisioning.

Getting Started after Deployment

Access Your Grafana Client

Now that your Grafana One-Click App is deployed, you can log into Grafana to access all of its monitoring and visualization features.

  1. Open a browser and navigate to your Linode’s IP address and port 3000, for example, By default, Grafana will listen to port 3000.

    The Grafana One-Click App will install and enable the UFW firewall allowing TCP traffic on port 3000.
  2. Viewing Grafana’s log in page, enter in admin as the username and the Grafana password you set in the Grafana Options section of the Cloud Manager, as the password. Click on the Log In button.

    Log into Grafana with your admin username and password.

  3. Once you are logged into Grafana, complete your configurations by adding a data source, creating dashboards, and adding users.

More Information

You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.

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