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Getting Around the User Interface

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

Home Page

When you hover over the SignalFx logo in the upper left hand corner, you will be able to set any page as your home page. Clicking the icon will take you to your home page, and it will also be 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), as well as a list of your favorite dashboards, your recently visited dashboards, and your user dashboards. To display this page, hover over Dashboards on the navigation bar and select All Dashboards.



A dashboard is a grouping of charts and visualizations of metrics. The illustration below shows a built-in dashboard. As shown at the bottom, an Add charts function is available if you are in a custom or user dashboard.


New or unsaved dashboard

The New Dashboard icon on the navigation bar reflects the current status of an unsaved dashboard.

In the illustration below, there is no currently unsaved dashboard. Click to create a new dashboard and begin adding charts to it; see Create Simple Charts and Dashboards.


In the illustration below, you have added some charts to a new dashboard, but you haven’t yet saved the dashboard.


For more information on working with unsaved dashboards, see Next steps for new or unsaved dashboards.

Team landing page

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


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

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.


For more information, see Infrastructure Navigator.

Alerts page

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


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


The Catalog makes it easy for you to find metrics, dashboards, detectors, and other elements in SignalFx.


For more information, see Using the Catalog to Find Metrics.

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.


For more information, see Integrations Guide.

Chart Builder

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


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


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

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 v2 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 SignalFx v2 API.



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


Managing your user account

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.

Your profile

To manage your account, open the Settings menu and select My profile. Use this page to add or edit your personal information; choose the time zone to be used on all dashboards, charts, and events; set a color accessibility option to address various types of color blindness; or generate an API access token (necessary if you plan to work with the SignalFx REST API).

  • For color accessibility, you can select a limited palette that addresses your specific vision-related issue. This palette will be reflected in the Infrastructure page, the Alerts page, and in charts and detectors.
  • For time zones, you can select UTC or a specified zone, or let the system use your browser’s setting (Auto).

In the lower part of the Profile screen, the organizations that you have access to are listed. (Generally, you have access to only one organization.) For each organization, you can obtain an access token, used for metrics submission. For more information on using access tokens, contact your SignalFx administrator.

Changing your password

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.

Adding or changing your avatar

SignalFx uses Gravatar to manage the avatar (profile 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 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 will appear 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

The SignalFx user interface gives you a choice between a light background with dark text (the default, shown below), or a dark background with light text. The selected color theme will be 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.

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.

Specifying fullscreen mode

See Viewing dashboards in fullscreen mode.