Install and Start Grafana

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Install and Start Grafana Install and Start Grafana


Grafana is excellent for monitoring time series data.

In this lecture, I will first install Grafana, and then start it.


In this course all my examples are executed on an unrestricted Ubuntu 18. You can get minimal Ubuntu 18 server from cloud providers. In this course I used Digital Ocean, with this link, you will get $50 credit for 30 days, where you can create and delete as many VMs as you wish. The minimal $5 a month Ubuntu 18 Droplet is what I used for all the examples in the course. Other providers are Hetzner, AWS, Azure, GCP and many more. Each solution will have there own problems you will need to overcome especially with giving your Ubuntu network access and sufficient permissions. You can also use a Oracle Virtual Box with an Ubuntu VM, Docker, Kubernetes, Vagrant, etc. They all have there specific complications. If you are not proficient in your chosen platform that you install Ubuntu, you will have issues. Keep it simple and use the Digital Ocean link I provided above so that you can follow all the examples in the course with minimal issue. If you use Centos, you will have even more specific issues with SELINUX that you will need to overcome. After the course, once you are familiar with Grafana, then you should install it on your chosen environment so that you know whether your problem is related to Grafana, or your chosen environment.

With a brand new install of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, make sure your package lists are updated.

sudo apt update

Then ensure that the dependencies are installed.

sudo apt-get install -y adduser libfontconfig1

Now to download the binary, and run the debian package manager.

sudo dpkg -i grafana_6.7.1_amd64.deb


Grafana is updated very regularly. To see the list of release version numbers available to download, visit


Grafana 7 is now available. You can install it if you prefer. I will be updating the course to version 7. The User interface has changed quite a lot. When creating dashboards, you now create the query first, and then you can find the Visualization options to the right of the 'Edit Panel' screen rather than on the left, as in versions before 7.

wget sudo dpkg -i grafana_7.0.0_amd64.deb

The install has now completed. You can now start the Grafana service

sudo service grafana-server start

Check the status

sudo service grafana-server status


If you reboot your server, the Grafana Service may not restart automatically.

You can set the Grafana service to auto restart after reboot by entering,

sudo systemctl enable grafana-server.service

Your Grafana server will be hosted at

http://[your Grafana server ip]:3000

The default Grafana login is

Username : admin Password : admin

You have the option to update your password upon first login and then be presented with the option to add a new data source and create dashboards and users.

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