Chart types and configuration options for each chart type.
Charts allow you to view and examine your metrics. You can interact directly with charts in real time--zoom in, zoom out, change the time window, and so on.
Users with dashboard permission can customize many aspects of the chart and save their changes. This page is a detailed reference to the tabs in the different chart types. We repeat tab reference for each chart type.
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Data Tab (All Charts)

For each chart (with the exception of a Markdown chart) you specify one or more queries.

When you select Data, you can:

  • View queries for the chart and add lines.
  • Use Chart Builder or Query Editor.
  • Clone, delete, or hide one or more lines.
  • Create an alert based on a chart.
  • Bring up AI Genie for anomaly detection and forecasting.

Line Plot Chart

line plot

Line plots are well suited both for single time series and multiple time series. You can customize many aspects of your line plots.

A line plot represents interpolated point buckets. The X axis represents the amount of time in your time window and the Y axis represents the value associated with the data based on that time.

Missing data is represented by a dashed line. The dashed line only gives a visual representation of the data stream; it does not represent values of the missing data. If you hover over the chart, you won’t see values where the gap threshold has been applied. Use the Format > Gap Threshold property to set the amount of time before gaps of missing data display as dashed lines.

Format Tab

OptionDescription
Summarization Summarization method for grouping raw, reported data points, and for mapping them to displayable values. When displaying metrics, Wavefront determines the chart resolution and establishes an appropriate time interval as the chart's bucket size. We then aggregate (combine) the raw data values that are reported within each such time interval, to produce a single value to display for each bucket. The chosen summarization method determines how the aggregation is performed.
  • Average - Display the average (mean) of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • Median - Display the median of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • Min - Display the minimum raw data value in each bucket.
  • Max - Display the maximum raw data value in each bucket.
  • Count - Display the number of raw data values in each bucket.
  • Sum - Display the sum of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • First - Display the first raw data value to be reported in each bucket.
  • Last - Display the last raw data value to be reported in each bucket.
Suppose the horizontal scale for your chart is "240 point buckets across, 1 bucket – 30 sec (est)". Choosing Median causes us to aggregate the raw data values reported in each 30 second interval, and display the median value as the bucket point.
Display Source Events If checked, displays events that were generated by alerts associated with any source displayed on the chart. You can also use events() queries to Display events in charts.
Gap Threshold Controls when data is considered missing when there are gaps in the reporting of the data. The gap threshold is expressed in seconds and defaults to 60 seconds.

Axis Tab

The Axis tab lets you customize the Y axis. The customizaiton is the same for both Line Plot and Point Plot. See Use a Logarithmic Y Axis for Skewed Data and Use ICE/Binary Prefixes in Y Axes and Legends for instructions.

OptionDescription
Y-Axis Scale of the Y-axis: linear or logarithmic. Default is linear. In most cases, linear is sufficient as long as there is not a large difference in measurement between the reported data points. If there's a large difference in measurement scale, use the logarithmic scale. By default, the logarithmic scale is set to the power of 10. You can configure the scale in the adjacent text field.
Min/Max Minimum and maximum value on the Y-axis. If you are using a double Y-axis, you can specify min/max values for each Y-axis (By default, set to auto).
Unit Unit of measurement to assign to the label that appears along the Y-axis. This unit does not change the unit of measurement. If you are using a double Y-axis, you can specify a unit for each Y-axis.

Supported units are:

  • Time - Ranges from yoctoseconds (ys) to years (yr)
  • IEC/Binary - data size in IEC/Binary units. Ranges from B (bytes) to YiB
  • SI - data rate in SI units. Ranges from bps (bits/s) to Ybps
  • If you select ICE/Binary Unit Prefixes, then Wavefront uses 1024 instead of 1000 as the step to the next unit prefix.

For details on unit prefixes and dynamic units, see Units in Chart Axes and Legends.

Legend Tab

Controls the legend displayed for the chart by default. The options are the same for line plot and point plot charts.

When you look at the chart, you can also control the legend with these keyboard shortcuts:

  • Shift-P – Pin the legend.
  • Shift – Show detailed units in the legend.
OptionDescription
Options You can select all or none of the Legend options.
  • Fixed Legend -- Even if you don't select this option, you can use Shift-P with the mouse cursor in the chart to add a fixed legend.
  • Non-summarized Stats -- Whether to report summarized or raw values for all metric values and statistics. When this setting is disabled, the legend reports summarized values according to the Summarize By setting.
  • Disable Legend on Hover -- Select to disable the legend on hover.
Position Position of the fixed legend.
Display The values and statistics to display in the legend: current, mean, median, sum, min, max, and count.
Filter The value and number of metrics displayed in the legend. Specify:
  • Top or Bottom
  • Number of metrics
  • Value or statistic
Point Tag Display Options The point tags to display in the legend.

Description Tab

Chart description. The description shows up as hover text when you place the mouse over the chart name. description of chart

Advanced Tab

OptionDescription
Include Obsolete Metrics Select this check box to display metrics that have not reported data values in the last 4 weeks. Selecting this option is useful if you are looking at data from 4 or more weeks ago; however, performance is slower when this option is turned on.
Interpolate points Check to interpolate points that exist only in the past or future into the current time window.

Point Plot Chart

point plot

A point plot chart displays point buckets without any interpolation. Like a line chart, the X-axis represents the amount of time in your time window, and the Y-axis represents the value associated with the data during that time window.

Format Tab

OptionDescription
Summarization Summarization method for grouping raw, reported data points, and for mapping them to displayable values. When displaying metrics, Wavefront determines the chart resolution and establishes an appropriate time interval as the chart's bucket size. We then aggregate (combine) the raw data values that are reported within each such time interval, to produce a single value to display for each bucket. The chosen summarization method determines how the aggregation is performed.
  • Average - Display the average (mean) of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • Median - Display the median of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • Min - Display the minimum raw data value in each bucket.
  • Max - Display the maximum raw data value in each bucket.
  • Count - Display the number of raw data values in each bucket.
  • Sum - Display the sum of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • First - Display the first raw data value to be reported in each bucket.
  • Last - Display the last raw data value to be reported in each bucket.
Suppose the horizontal scale for your chart is "240 point buckets across, 1 bucket – 30 sec (est)". Choosing Median causes us to aggregate the raw data values reported in each 30 second interval, and display the median value as the bucket point.
Display Source Events If checked, displays events that were generated by alerts associated with any source displayed on the chart. You can also use events() queries to Display events in charts.

Axis Tab

The Axis tab lets you customize the Y axis. The customizaiton is the same for both Line Plot and Point Plot. See Use a Logarithmic Y Axis for Skewed Data and Use ICE/Binary Prefixes in Y Axes and Legends for instructions.

OptionDescription
Y-Axis Scale of the Y-axis: linear or logarithmic. Default is linear. In most cases, linear is sufficient as long as there is not a large difference in measurement between the reported data points. If there's a large difference in measurement scale, use the logarithmic scale. By default, the logarithmic scale is set to the power of 10. You can configure the scale in the adjacent text field.
Min/Max Minimum and maximum value on the Y-axis. If you are using a double Y-axis, you can specify min/max values for each Y-axis (By default, set to auto).
Unit Unit of measurement to assign to the label that appears along the Y-axis. This unit does not change the unit of measurement. If you are using a double Y-axis, you can specify a unit for each Y-axis.

Supported units are:

  • Time - Ranges from yoctoseconds (ys) to years (yr)
  • IEC/Binary - data size in IEC/Binary units. Ranges from B (bytes) to YiB
  • SI - data rate in SI units. Ranges from bps (bits/s) to Ybps
  • If you select ICE/Binary Unit Prefixes, then Wavefront uses 1024 instead of 1000 as the step to the next unit prefix.

For details on unit prefixes and dynamic units, see Units in Chart Axes and Legends.

Legend Tab

Controls the legend displayed for the chart by default. The options are the same for line plot and point plot charts.

When you look at the chart, you can also control the legend with these keyboard shortcuts:

  • Shift-P – Pin the legend.
  • Shift – Show detailed units in the legend.
OptionDescription
Options Supports these options:
  • Fixed Legend -- Displays a fixed legend. Even if you don't select this option, you can use Shift-P with the mouse cursor in the chart to add a fixed legend.
  • Non-summarized Stats -- Whether to report summarized or raw values for all metric values and statistics. When this setting is disabled, the legend reports summarized values according to the Summarize By setting.
  • Disable Legend on Hover -- Select to disable the legend on hover.
Position Position of the fixed legend.
Display The values and statistics to display in the legend: current, mean, median, sum, min, max, and count.
Filter The value and number of metrics displayed in the legend. Specify:
  • Top or Bottom
  • Number of metrics
  • Value or statistic
Point Tag Display Options The point tags to display in the legend.

Description Tab

Chart description. The description shows up as hover text when you place the mouse over the chart name. description of chart

Advanced Tab

OptionDescription
Include Obsolete Metrics Select this check box to display metrics that have not reported data values in the last 4 weeks. Selecting this option is useful if you are looking at data from 4 or more weeks ago; however, performance is slower when this option is turned on.
Interpolate points Check to interpolate points that exist only in the past or future into the current time window.

Stacked Area Chart

stacked area

A stacked area chart is a line chart but each line is filled in as a solid block with blocks stacked top of each other. With the default Stack Type of zero, the peak of the chart at any time is the sum of the magnitudes of all sources at that time.

The stacked area chart can help you determine at a glance which queries have the largest magnitude at any point in time. It is most commonly used to visually compare two or more quantities.

Format Tab

OptionDescription
Summarization Summarization method for grouping raw, reported data points, and for mapping them to displayable values. When displaying metrics, Wavefront determines the chart resolution and establishes an appropriate time interval as the chart's bucket size. We then aggregate (combine) the raw data values that are reported within each such time interval, to produce a single value to display for each bucket. The chosen summarization method determines how the aggregation is performed.
  • Average - Display the average (mean) of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • Median - Display the median of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • Min - Display the minimum raw data value in each bucket.
  • Max - Display the maximum raw data value in each bucket.
  • Count - Display the number of raw data values in each bucket.
  • Sum - Display the sum of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • First - Display the first raw data value to be reported in each bucket.
  • Last - Display the last raw data value to be reported in each bucket.
Suppose the horizontal scale for your chart is "240 point buckets across, 1 bucket – 30 sec (est)". Choosing Median causes us to aggregate the raw data values reported in each 30 second interval, and display the median value as the bucket point.
Display Source Events If checked, displays events that were generated by alerts associated with any source displayed on the chart. You can also use events() queries to Display events in charts.
Gap Threshold Controls when data is considered missing when there are gaps in the reporting of the data. The gap threshold is expressed in seconds and defaults to 60 seconds. Data considered missing based on the threshold are shown as dotted lines.
Stack Type The following stack types are supported.
  • Zero - Displays the chart from 0 up to the sum of all points at that time interval. Default.
  • Normalize to 0-1 - Results in a similar shape to Zero except that the values are normalized so that they fill the range between 0 and 1 with the peak of the chart always a solid line drawn at magnitude 1.
  • Minimize Weighted Change - Plots the area while attempting to minimize the weighted change in the slope of the lines. Both this and the Center the Stream option tend to result in similar shapes in which the chart does not show a solid area beginning at 0.
  • Center the Stream - Represents the collective magnitude of the queries displayed on the chart with the band narrowing or widening as the metrics fluctuate over time.
  • Stacked Columns - Shows the result as a set of stacked columns, which resemble a bar chart.

Axis Tab

The Axis tab lets you customize the Y axis. The customizaiton is the same for both Line Plot and Point Plot. See Use a Logarithmic Y Axis for Skewed Data and Use ICE/Binary Prefixes in Y Axes and Legends for instructions.

OptionDescription
Y-Axis Scale of the Y-axis: linear or logarithmic. Default is linear. In most cases, linear is sufficient as long as there is not a large difference in measurement between the reported data points. If there's a large difference in measurement scale, use the logarithmic scale. By default, the logarithmic scale is set to the power of 10. You can configure the scale in the adjacent text field.
Min/Max Minimum and maximum value on the Y-axis. If you are using a double Y-axis, you can specify min/max values for each Y-axis (By default, set to auto).
Unit Unit of measurement to assign to the label that appears along the Y-axis. This unit does not change the unit of measurement. If you are using a double Y-axis, you can specify a unit for each Y-axis.

Supported units are:

  • Time - Ranges from yoctoseconds (ys) to years (yr)
  • IEC/Binary - data size in IEC/Binary units. Ranges from B (bytes) to YiB
  • SI - data rate in SI units. Ranges from bps (bits/s) to Ybps
  • If you select ICE/Binary Unit Prefixes, then Wavefront uses 1024 instead of 1000 as the step to the next unit prefix.

For details on unit prefixes and dynamic units, see Units in Chart Axes and Legends.

Legend Tab

Controls the legend displayed for the chart by default. The options are the same for line plot and point plot charts.

When you look at the chart, you can also control the legend with these keyboard shortcuts:

  • Shift-P – Pin the legend.
  • Shift – Show detailed units in the legend.
OptionDescription
Options Supports these options:
  • Fixed Legend -- Displays a fixed legend. Even if you don't select this option, you can use Shift-P with the mouse cursor in the chart to add a fixed legend.
  • Non-summarized Stats -- Whether to report summarized or raw values for all metric values and statistics. When this setting is disabled, the legend reports summarized values according to the Summarize By setting.
  • Disable Legend on Hover -- Select to disable the legend on hover.
Position Position of the fixed legend.
Display The values and statistics to display in the legend: current, mean, median, sum, min, max, and count.
Filter The value and number of metrics displayed in the legend. Specify:
  • Top or Bottom
  • Number of metrics
  • Value or statistic
Point Tag Display Options The point tags to display in the legend.

Description Tab

Chart description. The description shows up as hover text when you place the mouse over the chart name. description of chart

Advanced Tab

OptionDescription
Include Obsolete Metrics Select this check box to display metrics that have not reported data values in the last 4 weeks. Selecting this option is useful if you are looking at data from 4 or more weeks ago; however, performance is slower when this option is turned on.
Interpolate points Check to interpolate points that exist only in the past or future into the current time window.

Stacked Column Chart

stacked column

A stacked column chart resembles a bar chart and lets you view your data in columns.

This chart supports the same tabs and options as the Stacked Area Chart discussed above but does not allow you to specify a Stack Type in the Format tab.

Format Tab

OptionDescription
Summarization Summarization method for grouping raw, reported data points, and for mapping them to displayable values. When displaying metrics, Wavefront determines the chart resolution and establishes an appropriate time interval as the chart's bucket size. We then aggregate (combine) the raw data values that are reported within each such time interval, to produce a single value to display for each bucket. The chosen summarization method determines how the aggregation is performed.
  • Average - Display the average (mean) of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • Median - Display the median of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • Min - Display the minimum raw data value in each bucket.
  • Max - Display the maximum raw data value in each bucket.
  • Count - Display the number of raw data values in each bucket.
  • Sum - Display the sum of the raw data values in each bucket.
  • First - Display the first raw data value to be reported in each bucket.
  • Last - Display the last raw data value to be reported in each bucket.
Suppose the horizontal scale for your chart is "240 point buckets across, 1 bucket – 30 sec (est)". Choosing Median causes us to aggregate the raw data values reported in each 30 second interval, and display the median value as the bucket point.
Display Source Events If checked, displays events that were generated by alerts associated with any source displayed on the chart. You can also use events() queries to Display events in charts.
Gap Threshold Controls when data is considered missing when there are gaps in the reporting of the data. The gap threshold is expressed in seconds and defaults to 60 seconds. Data considered missing based on the threshold are shown as dotted lines.

Axis Tab

The Axis tab lets you customize the Y axis. The customizaiton is the same for both Line Plot and Point Plot. See Use a Logarithmic Y Axis for Skewed Data and Use ICE/Binary Prefixes in Y Axes and Legends for instructions.

OptionDescription
Y-Axis Scale of the Y-axis: linear or logarithmic. Default is linear. In most cases, linear is sufficient as long as there is not a large difference in measurement between the reported data points. If there's a large difference in measurement scale, use the logarithmic scale. By default, the logarithmic scale is set to the power of 10. You can configure the scale in the adjacent text field.
Min/Max Minimum and maximum value on the Y-axis. If you are using a double Y-axis, you can specify min/max values for each Y-axis (By default, set to auto).
Unit Unit of measurement to assign to the label that appears along the Y-axis. This unit does not change the unit of measurement. If you are using a double Y-axis, you can specify a unit for each Y-axis.

Supported units are:

  • Time - Ranges from yoctoseconds (ys) to years (yr)
  • IEC/Binary - data size in IEC/Binary units. Ranges from B (bytes) to YiB
  • SI - data rate in SI units. Ranges from bps (bits/s) to Ybps
  • If you select ICE/Binary Unit Prefixes, then Wavefront uses 1024 instead of 1000 as the step to the next unit prefix.

For details on unit prefixes and dynamic units, see Units in Chart Axes and Legends.

Legend Tab

Controls the legend displayed for the chart by default. The options are the same for line plot and point plot charts.

When you look at the chart, you can also control the legend with these keyboard shortcuts:

  • Shift-P – Pin the legend.
  • Shift – Show detailed units in the legend.
OptionDescription
Options Supports these options:
  • Fixed Legend -- Displays a fixed legend. Even if you don't select this option, you can use Shift-P with the mouse cursor in the chart to add a fixed legend.
  • Non-summarized Stats -- Whether to report summarized or raw values for all metric values and statistics. When this setting is disabled, the legend reports summarized values according to the Summarize By setting.
  • Disable Legend on Hover -- Select to disable the legend on hover.
Position Position of the fixed legend.
Display The values and statistics to display in the legend: current, mean, median, sum, min, max, and count.
Filter The value and number of metrics displayed in the legend. Specify:
  • Top or Bottom
  • Number of metrics
  • Value or statistic
Point Tag Display Options The point tags to display in the legend.

Description Tab

Chart description. The description shows up as hover text when you place the mouse over the chart name. description of chart

Advanced Tab

OptionDescription
Include Obsolete Metrics Select this check box to display metrics that have not reported data values in the last 4 weeks. Selecting this option is useful if you are looking at data from 4 or more weeks ago; however, performance is slower when this option is turned on.
Interpolate points Check to interpolate points that exist only in the past or future into the current time window.

Table Chart

table chart

A table chart doesn’t support changes to the legend but allows fine-grained customization in the Format tab.

OptionDescription
Summarization Each line in a table is a summary of all of available data points, as set in the Summarized By field, based on the configured time window.
Point Tag Columns to Display Allows you to show all point tags, only a selected number, or only metrics with a certain tag key.
Show Sources Select to display the sources in the table.
Show Labels Select to display labels in the table. A label is the metric name associated with the data or the query expression resulting from an aggregation. TBD details
Show Raw Values Check to display the raw metric values (e.g. 212.00 milliseconds) or values using scientific notation (SI), e.g. 212 milliseconds.
Group by Sources Whether to group the column results by source. If you select Group by Source, the table lists the grouped sources in the first column and the values for each metric in separate columns.
Sort Values Descending Check to sort values descending (largest to smallest) or ascending (smallest to largest).

Axis Tab

The Axis tab of a table chart allows you to limit which values show up in the chart. Consider this example table, which users have to scroll:

table chart no min

You can specify a minimum of 200 milliseconds to show only values of interest:

table chart no min

OptionDescription
Min/Max The minimum and maximum value.
Unit The unit of measurement to assign to the reported chart values label that appears along the Y-axis of the chart. This unit is merely a label and does not change the unit of measurement.

The supported units are:

  • Time - Ranges from yoctoseconds (ys) to years (yr)
  • IEC/Binary - data size in IEC/Binary units. Ranges from B (bytes) to YiB
  • SI - data rate in SI units. Ranges from bps (bits/s) to Ybps
  • If you select ICE/Binary Unit Prefixes, then Wavefront uses 1024 instead of 1000 as the step to the next unit prefix.

For details on unit prefixes and dynamic units, see Units in Chart Axes and Legends.

Description Tab

Chart description. The description shows up as hover text when you place the mouse over the chart name. description of chart

Advanced Tab

OptionDescription
Include Obsolete Metrics Select this check box to display metrics that have not reported data values in the last 4 weeks. Selecting this option is useful if you are looking at data from 4 or more weeks ago; however, performance is slower when this option is turned on.