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Getting Around SignalFx 🔗

A quick review of this page gives you an overview of the features and functions available in SignalFx, and introduces terminology used throughout the documentation.

Home page 🔗

When you hover over the SignalFx logo in the upper left hand corner, you are able to set any page as your home page. Clicking the icon takes you to your home page, and it is also displayed when you log into SignalFx.

Dashboards and dashboard groups 🔗

Dashboards page 🔗

The Dashboards page displays built-in, custom, and user dashboard groups (see Types of dashboards and dashboard groups). At the top of the page, you can see a list of your favorite dashboards, your recently viewed dashboards (including an unsaved dashboard, if you have one), and the dashboards in your user dashboard group. If you have joined teams in your organization, a tab for each team is also displayed.

To display this page, hover over Dashboards on the navigation bar and select All Dashboards.

Dashboards page with a legend


If you are a member of one or more teams, clicking Dashboards on the navigation bar (instead of hovering) displays the landing page for a team you belong to.

Dashboard 🔗

A dashboard is a grouping of charts and visualizations of metrics. An Overrides bar above the charts lets you customize the dashboard view. When there are multiple dashboards in a dashboard group, a grey underline indicates which dashboard you are viewing.

A dashboard with a legend

µAPM (Microservices APM) 🔗

This menu option is available if you have implemented SignalFx Microservices APM, which provides visibility into distributed applications to enable application performance monitoring, troubleshooting, and root-cause analysis.

Microservices APM highlighted on navigation bar

For more information, see Overview of SignalFx Microservices APM Previous Generation (µAPM PG).

Infrastructure page 🔗

On the Infrastructure page, the Infrastructure Navigator provides a data-driven visualization of your environment. Each element (host, instance, container, etc.) is colored based on the value of one of several metrics.

Infrastructure navigator with legend

For more information, see Infrastructure Navigator.

Alerts page 🔗

The Alerts page displays all the active alerts in your organization.

Alerts page with legend

For more information, see Viewing active alerts on the Alerts page.

Metrics page 🔗

On the Metrics page, the Metric Finder provides a browsable list of categories, drawn from your SignalFx integrations or custom categories, if configured.

Metrics page 1 with legend

Click on an integration or custom category to search for metrics from just that category. For example, clicking on Amazon EC2 returns metrics that include namespace:AWS/EC2.

Metrics page 2 with legend

For more information, see Using the Metric Finder.

Integrations page 🔗

SignalFx offers support for a broad range of integrations for collecting all kinds of data, from system metrics for infrastructure components to custom data from your applications.

The Integrations page is constantly changing as new integrations are made available. Click Integrations on the navigation bar to see information on installed and available integrations.

Integrations option on navigation bar

For more information, see Integrations Guide.

Team landing page 🔗

Every team has an associated landing page that contains information relevant to team members.

Team landing page

For information on how to display landing pages, see Viewing team landing pages.

Chart Builder 🔗

The Chart Builder is the interface for creating, editing, and configuring charts.

Chart builder with legend

For more information, see Plotting Metrics and Events in the Chart Builder.

Detector 🔗

A detector monitors a signal for conditions or issues that you care about. You can access detectors from the Alerts page, or from the Detector menu (bell icon) on a chart or in the Infrastructure Navigator.

In a detector, a chart that represents values for the visible signals is displayed in the Signals tab.


The list of detector rules, and the number of currently active alerts for each rule, is shown on the Alert Rules tab.


For more information, see Set Up Detectors to Trigger Alerts.


If a detector contains a Signalflow tab, as shown in the illustration below, you are viewing a detector created programmatically using the SignalFx API. If you are familiar with the API, you can use this screen to view and edit the detector code and make changes to the detector rules; for more information, see Using the SignalFlow tab.


Metadata Catalog 🔗

The Metadata Catalog makes it easy for you to find metadata associated with the metrics you are sending to SignalFx.

Metadata Catalog with legend

For more information, see Using the Metadata Catalog.

Organization settings 🔗

To view information about your organization, open the Settings menu at the right side of the navigation bar. Click your avatar, hover over Organization Settings, then select one of the options shown. For example, if you select Members, you will see a list of all the SignalFx users in your organization.

Organization Settings menu

Help and support 🔗

To view resources available for getting help when using SignalFx, open the Settings menu at the right side of the navigation bar. Click your avatar, hover over Help and Support, then select one of the options shown. For example, if you select Product Documentation, you will go to the home page for this documentation.

Help and Support menu

User profile, avatar, and color theme 🔗

As a SignalFx user, you have a user account. User accounts are associated with at least one organization. An organization has a subscription such as a free trial or a specific paid plan.

To open the Settings menu, click your avatar at the right side of the navigation bar. (Your avatar graphic comes from Gravatar).

Settings menu

Your profile 🔗

To manage your account, open the Settings menu and select My profile.


You will see a screen that lets you manage a variety of settings.

  • Personal information settings are self-explanatory.

  • If you click Change password, you will be prompted for your old password and a new password. A valid password is at least 8 characters long and must contain one capital letter, one number, and one symbol.

  • For Time Zone, you can explicitly select a particular option, or select Auto and let SignalFx use the zone detected from your browser.

    The time zone you specify here determines how data is placed on your charts. Suppose SignalFx receives a datapoint with a timestamp of 7:00 PM UTC. If your profile time zone is America/Los_Angeles (explicitly set or otherwise reported by your browser), the datapoint will be displayed on your chart at 11:00 AM (which corresponds to 7:00 PM UTC). It will be displayed at 1:00 PM if your profile time zone is America/Chicago, and 2:00 PM if it is America/New_York.

  • For Color Accessibility, you can select a limited palette that addresses your vision-related issue. This palette will be reflected in the Infrastructure page, the Alerts page, and in charts and detectors.

  • Check with your SignalFx administrator to see if you need to generate an API access token for working with the SignalFx REST API.

In the lower part of the Profile page, the organizations that you have access to are listed. (Generally, you have access to only one organization.) As with generating an API token, ask your administrator if this information is relevant to you.

  • A Realm is a self-contained deployment of SignalFx in which your organization is hosted. Different realms have different API endpoints.
  • Access Tokens are used for API access and metrics submission.

Adding or changing your avatar 🔗

SignalFx uses Gravatar to manage the avatar (Settings menu icon) that is displayed at the right side of the navigation bar. Gravatar associates your email address with an image, so that you can use that image as your avatar on many sites.

To add an avatar, or to change the avatar that is displayed, go to the Gravatar site and sign in using your account. If you don’t have a account, click the “Create an Account” link, and you’ll be taken to a signup page.

When you successfully log into Gravatar, you’ll see a list of email addresses that have images next to them. Select the email address that you use to login to SignalFx, and choose or upload an image to associate with that address. This image appears as your avatar on SignalFx.

If you don’t see the email address that you use to login to SignalFx, click “Add email address” to add it to your Gravatar account.

Changes that you make to your avatar on Gravatar will appear in SignalFx after several minutes.

Choosing a color theme 🔗

When working in SignalFx, you can choose between a light background with dark text (the default, shown below), or a dark background with light text. The selected color theme is applied to all your screens.


To change to a dark background with light text, select Dark Theme from the Settings menu.


The dark theme helps increase the color contrast in charts. Typically, you would use the dark theme for displaying dashboards on a larger external monitor or TV, where the viewers will be at a greater distance than would be typical for their laptop or desktop. You may also want to set a dashboard to fullscreen mode.

To switch back to a light background with dark text, select Light Theme from the Settings menu.


If you are color-blind, you can also edit your profile to select a color palette more suitable for your requirements.