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Grafana Data Source

This is the plugin for IRONdb 0.17.1 and newer. It is evolving and we continue to track its API.

Read more about Circonus IRONdb.


From Releases

  1. Download the desired release version.

  2. Unzip into plugins directory.

  3. Restart Grafana.

From GitHub

  1. git clone into plugins directory.

  2. Restart Grafana.


  1. Create a new datasource and select IRONdb from the Type drop down.



  • Standalone: If this datasource will access a standalone IRONdb cluster, then this is the URL where IRONdb can be accessed. Example: http://nodename:8112, or if TLS is in use, https://nodename:8443.
  • Hosted: If this datasource will access data through Circonus, then the URL should be set as:

IRONdb Details

  1. Change the IRONdb configuration options at the bottom of the datasource configuration page.

IRONdb Type

  • Standalone: An IRONdb cluster accessible directly, requires entry of Account ID.
  • Hosted: An IRONdb instance hosted by Circonus, requires entry of API token.
  • Depending on which of the above configurations you've chosen, you will either be presented with Account ID or API Token configuration options detailed below.

Account ID

The Account ID associated with the account to pull metrics from.

API Token

The API Token associated with the account to pull metrics from. This can be found on your API Tokens page after logging in at in the "Integrations" -> "API Tokens" section.

  • Note: Be sure to log into Circonus and change the Grafana App State to "allow" if that isn't the default for the provided API Token.


  1. Create a new panel and set the datasource to name selected in the IRONdb datasource configuration.

Standard Queries

For standard Circonus metric queries, use the metric browser to navigate the metric hierarchy of your IRONdb instance or type queries manually using the Toggle Edit Mode menu item to the right.

CAQL Queries

CAQL queries must be entered manually by selecting the CAQL checkbox or switching manually to the editor mode.


To visualize a histogram, you must search for the metric using find:histogram, for example:

find:histogram('foobar', 'and(hello:world)') | label('%cn')


For this processed data to be displayed on the heatmap panel as the sample above, select Time Series Buckets as the Data Format to be used on the Heatmap panel.

Template Variables

How to Configure a Template Variable for IRONdb

  1. From a dashboard, click Settings in the top right.

  2. On the left hand side, select the Variables section.

  3. Click +New and choose a name for your new variable.

  4. Select the proper data source: IRONdb.

  5. Under Query, enter the metric you wish to use in this variable (without tags).

  6. Enable Include All Option and enter * for Custom all value.

  7. Click Enabled under Value groups/tags to enable tags support.

  8. Enter the tag category you wish to use in your variable under Tag values query.

  9. If you successfully completed the prior steps, Preview of values should now auto-complete the tag values.

  10. Finish setup by clicking Add and then Save.

Your new template variable should now appear in the query builder!


The build process requires node, npm, yarn, typescrypt, and tslint

On Cent7 setup:

# One time setup
sudo yum install node bzip2
sudo npm install -g typescript tslint

# Build
yarn build

# Test
yarn test

This content was sourced from the README on GitHub.