Examine data with dashboards and charts
With dashboards and charts, you can examine data, set dashboard time window, zoom in and out, and perform other customizations.
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All users can customize their dashboards. Learn how to find a section, filter using variables or filters, set the time for the dashboard, and share the dashboard with others.

Get Started

  1. Log in to Wavefront.
  2. Select Dashboards > All Dashboards
  3. In the dashboards browser:
    • Use the search bar at the top to find a dasbhoard.
    • Use the options on the left to narrow down the options that the dashboard browser displays.
    • Use the three horizontal dots for dashboard management.
    • Add new or existing tags to make finding dashboards easier.

dashboard browser annotated

Set the Time Window

By default, dashboards:

  • Show a two-hour time window in each chart. You can configure the default time window as part of the Dashboard Display Preferences.
  • Display real-time (live) data.
  • Update charts every 30s.

You can select a larger or smaller time window or view past data instead of real-time data with the time bar controls.

To change the dashboard time window:

  • Click the Live toggle to on (green) to see up-to-date data on the charts.
  • Click the Live toggle to off to look at past data.

Regardless of selection, you can click the time selector for a fine-grained time selection window. To the left of the time selector, you see the currently selected time.

time bar

Use the Jump To Menu to Find a Section

Most dashboards have several sections. They’re easy to access from the Jump To menu.

Use the Jump To menu to go to a section jump to a section

Filter with Global Filters or Dashboard Variables

Global filters and dashboard variables are two ways to narrow down what you see.

  • Global Filters allow any Wavefront user to filter by key value pair. For example, you could specify source="db-2" or env="production".
  • Dashboard Variables are preset by a user with Dashboard permissions. All users can then make selections, for example, select a value from predefined list of strings or an automatically generated list of sources.

If you select both a variable and a global filter, Wavefront uses AND to find results that satisfy both conditions. For example, source="db-2" AND source="db-1" results in No Data, but other combinations might get the results you’re after.

Filter with Global Filters

All users can use global filters to customize their dashboard. When you set a global filter, for example, to limit to certain sources, you affect all charts in the dashboard.

Global filters allow any user to:
  • Specify a key-value pair as a filter for the dashboard.

    All filters show up to the right of any dashboard variables
  • Remove the filter by clicking the X.
Global filter set and see

Use Dashboard Variables

If a dashboard has preconfigured dashboard variables, you can use them to filter the information displayed in all charts.

To show or hide the Variables bar:
  1. Scroll up to right below the Task bar.
  2. Click the up or down double caret ^.
hide variables
To select a variable:
  1. Find the variable in the variables bar.
  2. Select either the wildcard character or one of the options.
In the example on the right, a Region dashboard variable has been predefined for the dashboard. You can select all AWS regions (wildcard character) or one of the three regions.
dashboard variables example

Find a Dashboard

Many Wavefront users work in environments with many dashboards.

To find a dashboard, you have these options:

  • From the task bar, select Dashboards > All Dashboards and narrow down your search using the fields on the left.
  • Select Dashboards > All Dashboards and start typing the dashboard name in the Search field.
  • From within a dashboard, use the Search Dashboards field in the upper right to find other dashboards. The search string matches dashboard name or URL.

Isolate Sources or Series

You can focus on a particular source or series in the dashboard view or the single-chart view. The selected source(s) or series show up at the bottom of the browser window.

To isolate sources and aggregated series you can click a series in a chart:

  1. Hover over the series you want to isolate. The series you hover over displays as saturated and all other series are dimmed.
  2. Click the series. An isolation bar appears at the bottom of the browser window.

isolated series

To isolate multiple series on all charts, hold down the Windows or Command key and repeat.

  • If a series is related to a single source, it appears in the Sources: list. When you isolate a source, every series in the dashboard containing that source is isolated.
  • If a series represents an aggregation of sources, it appears in the Series: list. When you isolate a series, the query field name displays in the isolation bar and every series in the dashboard with that query field name is isolated.

To remove an isolation, click the X icon next to the series at the bottom of the browser window.

Fine-Tune the Time Window

You can fine-tune the time window for an individual chart, propagate the time window from one to all charts, and reset a customized time window to the dashboard default.

Time Bar Click the chart time bar in the upper-right corner of a chart. Use the magnifying lenses to quickly increase or decrease the time window. chart time bar v2
Zoom in Place your cursor at the beginning of the time window you want, and click and drag. Hold the Shift key to zoom in on all charts in a dashboard.
drag and zoom
Shift the time window Place the cursor over the X-axis. When the cursor changes to a 4-way arrow , hold and drag to the left or right. To shift the time windows of all charts on a dashboard, hold down the Shift key while dragging.
You can move the time window into the future, however, unless you are using one of the predictive functions, the data you see won’t be predictive.
Propagate time to all charts To propagate a chart time window to all other charts on the dashboard:
  1. Select a time window or zoom in/out on one chart.
  2. Click Sync Timereset time window
Reset chart time If you’ve changed the time window in one chart and want to return to the default time used by other charts in the dashboard, click Reset next to the chart time selector: reset time window

Here’s a video that illustrates chart time windows. The video uses the v1 UI, but most of the information is still accurate:

Display Events on Charts

The Show Events dropdown in the middle of the time bar allows you to overlay events on the X-axis of charts.

time window

See Displaying Event Overlays in Charts for details.

Export to PDF

Starting with release 2020.22.x, you can export what you see in a dashboard or chart to PDF.

For any chart, Export PDF is now available from the ellipsis menu in the top right. Export PDF from dashboard
Click on the chart name and select the Export PDF icon in the top right. Export PDF from chart

Do More!

In addition to examining time series data, drilling down on exactly the information you need, creating alerts, etc, you can also