Learn how to manage external links.

External links provide integration between Wavefront and external systems. If you use logging systems such as Scalr, ELK, or Splunk, you can construct a meaningful URL to navigate from Wavefront to a log entry.

Here’s a video to get you started:

Suppose while analyzing metrics data you find an anomaly such as an unexpected drop in transaction rate. You want to look at corresponding log entries. External links allow you to click through from a Wavefront series directly to a related entry in your logging system.

External links are general purpose: you can link through to any type of system accessible from a URL, not just logs.

All users can use the right-click menu on a time series to navigate to an external link.

  • By default, the external link shows up on all time series.
  • If the creator of the external link specified a filter, the External Link menu only shows the link on specified time series.

To navigate to an external link:

  1. Right-click a series.
  2. Select External Links > <linkname>, where <linkname> is the name specified when the link was created.

    External links

Users with External Links permission can create and modify external links.

  1. Select Browse > External Links.
  2. Click Create External Link.
  3. Specify a link name and description.
  4. Specify the Link URL template.
  5. (Optional) If you want to limit which series show the external link, [specify a filter]. a Javascript regular expression that the series must match. For example, if you specify a point tag filter of env=production, then only series with that point tag filter show that external link option on the right-button menu.
  6. Click Save.

The link URL template uses Mustache syntax. The template supports these properties:

source Source of the series.
startEpochMillis Starting time of the chart window, in milliseconds from the UNIX epoch.
endEpochMillis Ending time of the chart window, in milliseconds from the UNIX epoch.
<pointTagName1>, <pointTagName2>,... One or more point tag names associated with the series.

You can apply functions to transform the URL. All functions begin with the namespace functions.

urlEncode URL Encoder
epochMillisToEpochSeconds Converts epoch milliseconds to epoch seconds.
epochMillisToISO Converts epoch milliseconds to an ISO8601 representation.
epochMillisEra,epochMilliscenturyOfEra, epochMillisyearOfEra,epochMillisYearOfCentury, epochMillisYear,epochMillisMonthOfYear, epochMillisDayOfYear,epochMillisDayOfMonth, epochMillisWeekyear,epochMillisWeekOfWeekyear, epochMillisDayOfWeek,epochMillisHalfDayOfDay, epochMillisClockHourOfHalfday,epochMillisClockHourOfDay, epochMillisHourOfHalfday,epochMillisHourOfDay, epochMillisMinuteOfDay,epochMillisMinuteOfHour, epochMillisSecondOfDay,epochMillisSecondOfMinute, epochMillisMillisOfDay,epochMillisMillisOfSecond 0 for BC, 1 for AD. See Joda-Time - Java date and time API.

Here’s the simplest possible example, directing you to the example.com domain.


The following external link URL template goes to scalyr.com and passes in the source of the series and the start and end time of the chart if a user right-clicks on a series.


The next external link URL template looks for a service trace in the distributed traces.


The following external link URL template displays an event on the Events page when you click the event in a chart.

Replace <my_instance> with the name of your Wavefront instance.


The following external link URL template references the point tag name service:

http://<hostname>?time:(from:'{{#functions.epochMillisToISO}}{{startEpochMillis}}{{/functions.epochMillisToISO}}',to:'{{#functions.epochMillisToISO}}{{endEpochMillis}}{{/functions.epochMillisToISO}}'))&{{#functions.urlEncode}}host:{{source}} AND source:"/mnt/logs/{{service}}.log"{{/functions.urlEncode}}'))

Filter Regex Syntax

Filters are optional but allow you to show the external link only on certain time series.

Metric Filter Regex Regular expression that metric names must match. jvm.memory.heap\w+
Source Filter Regex Regular expression that source names must match. co-2a-app[0-9]+-i-\d+
Point Tag Filter Regexes Point tag key and a regular expression that point tag values must match. Click the plus sign after you specify the regex. Tag Key=env
Filter Regex=prod\w+

Filter Regex Example

When you specify a filter, only time series that match the filter show the right-button menu for the external link.

The following screenshot shows an example that specifies all three types of filters.

Example filters for external links