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Create Simple Charts and Dashboards 🔗

SignalFx makes it easy for you to quickly add simple charts to a new or existing dashboard. For example, you might want to put together a new draft dashboard with simple charts to share with others. If you’re troubleshooting a problem, you can add charts for various metrics to a dashboard, share it with others, and then close it without even saving it. (Of course, you can save it if you plan to refer to it in the future, edit the charts to add analytics, etc.) You can also quickly add simple charts to an existing dashboard.

Note

For information about developing more complex charts, including other techniques for creating them, see Planning and Creating Charts.

Finding metrics and events 🔗

The first step in creating a simple chart is to use the Metrics Sidebar, which lets you specify metrics and events to display in charts on a new or existing dashboard.

Displaying the Metrics Sidebar 🔗

  • To add new charts to an existing dashboard, open the dashboard.
  • To create a new dashboard and begin adding charts to it with specified metrics and events, select Dashboard from the Create menu (plus sign) on the navigation bar.

Notes

  • If you see Unsaved dashboard on the Create menu, you have already added charts to a new dashboard and haven’t saved the dashboard yet. Clicking this option opens the unsaved dashboard.
  • If you see Dashboard with <n> copied charts on the Create menu, you have copied some charts from one or more dashboards and haven’t yet added any charts to a new (unsaved) dashboard. Selecting this option creates a new dashboard and pastes the copied charts into it.

If you don’t see the Metrics Sidebar on the right, click the sidebar icon at top right.

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Alternatively, you can also click Browse metrics sidebar in the New Chart placeholder that is at the bottom of every dashboard.

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The Metrics Sidebar opens.

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To search for metrics to place on a chart, type in whatever you know about the metric you’re looking for. You can also browse by custom categories or integrations, autocomplete your search terms, and refine your search with filters. For general guidance on how to browse and search for metrics, see Using the Metric Finder.

Displaying a list of metrics matching a search term 🔗

To find dimensions, properties, or tags that you may want to filter on, as well as metrics or events that match the entered text, type the search term in the search field, then click the serach icon or hit Enter to run a search.

When a list of metrics or events is displayed, a maximum of 100 results are displayed.

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Hovering over a metric name opens a tooltip that shows information about the metric, including the metric name, description, the time it was created, its type, and the number of time series that it reports (filtered by any filters that have been applied to your search query).

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Creating charts 🔗

When you see one or more metrics you want to add to your dashboard, you have the following options:

  • To add a chart for a single metric, click the metric name.

  • To add a single chart containing one plot for each metric: - Check the box next to each item; you can also click Select all. - Click Add chart.

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  • To add active filters and matching metadata from each result to a chart as a filter: - Check the box next to each item; you can also click Select all. - Click the Add with filters checkbox. - Click Add chart.

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  • To add multiple charts to the dashboard, one for each metric: - Check the box next to each item; you can also click Select all. - Click the Separate charts checkbox. - Click Add charts.

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Note

New charts are always placed at the bottom of a dashboard. Depending on the number of charts on your dashboard, you may need to scroll to see charts after you add them. Hovering over the top edge of a chart in a dashboard displays a control for moving the chart. You can also resize a chart by clicking and dragging the corners or the side and bottom edges.

Managing event feeds 🔗

When toggling from metric search to event search, none of the other search options in the Metrics Sidebar are available (active filters are discarded). You must enter text manually to search for detector or custom event names.

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When you see one or more events you want to add to your dashboard, you have the following options:

  • To add an event feed for a single event type, click the event name.

  • To add a single chart containing one plot for each event feed: - Check the box next to each item; you can also click Select all. - Click Add single chart.

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  • To add multiple charts to the dashboard, one for each event feed: - Check the box next to each item; you can also click Select all. - Click Multiple charts.

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If you select multiple events, a single Event Feed chart is created for all the events.

Next steps for new or unsaved dashboards 🔗

After adding charts to a new dashboard, you have several options.

  • Share the dashboard, or one or more charts on the dashboard, with others

    For example, other people might be interested in the dashboard or charts for troubleshooting an issue. You can share a dashboard even if you don’t save it.

  • Save the dashboard

    If you created a set of charts you want to refer to in the future, save the dashboard.

  • Exit the dashboard without saving it

    If you aren’t ready to save or share the dashboard (for example, if you want to copy more charts to the dashboard), you can navigate elsewhere in SignalFx. The dashboard is retained as an unsaved dashboard, and is available from your list of recently viewed dashboards at the top of the Dashboards page.

  • Clear the dashboard

    When you have finished working with the dashboard, click Clear to remove all the charts and return the dashboard to an empty state.

Saving a new dashboard 🔗

If you created a new dashboard to contain charts you just created, the dashboard might be serving as just a temporary workspace. For example, you might want to create a draft dashboard with a few charts for troubleshooting a problem; after sharing the dashboard, you may no longer need it, in which case you can just close it without saving. However, if you want to keep the dashboard for future use, click Save as.

You’ll be asked to specify a dashboard name and the dashboard group in which to save the new dashboard. You can save the dashboard to an existing custom or user dashboard group, or you can create a new dashboard group. If you create a new group, the group is added as a Custom Dashboard group. For information on types of dashboard groups, see Dashboard Basics.

What’s next? 🔗

To find your metrics quickly and easily, consider using the full-featured Metric Finder.

To learn how to modify and configure charts, including applying additional analytics functions to make them more informative, see Plotting Metrics and Events in the Chart Builder and Gaining Insight Through Analytics.

To learn more about event feeds, including how to build multiple feeds into a single chart, see Adding an event feed chart to a dashboard.