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.
Note: All Wavefront users can examine all dashboards and charts unless an individual dashboard is protected through access control. All users can make temporary changes. To save changes to dashboards and charts you must have Dashboard permission.
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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 which options 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 Dashboard Time Window

By default dashboards display charts with a two-hour time window with real-time (live) data flowing in. Charts are updated every 30s. You can configure the default time window as part of the Dashboard Display Preferences.

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

Filter with Dashboard Variables

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

dashboard variables example

In the example above, you can select all AWS regions (wildcard character) or one of the other three regions. The Region dashboard variable has been predefined for this dashboard. Users with Dashboard permission can add dashboard variables to any dashboard.

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.

Select the Chart Time Window

You can select the time window for a chart in a few different ways.

ProcessDescription
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, do something inside the chart and then click the sync icon directly under the chart name in the top right corner of the chart box.
Reset chart time To reset an individual chart window to match the time window in all other charts, do something inside the chart and click RESET: 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 (with From Chart selected) 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.

Do More!

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