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Build new dashboards

With Netdata Cloud, you can build new dashboards that target your infrastructure's unique needs. Put key metrics from any number of distributed systems in one place for a bird's eye view of your infrastructure.

Click on the Dashboards tab in any War Room to get started.

Create your first dashboard#

From the Dashboards tab, click on the + button.

Add or manage
dashboards

In the modal, give your new dashboard a name, and click + Add.

Click the Add Chart button to add your first chart card. From the dropdown, select either *All Nodes or a specific node. If you select All Nodes**, you will add a composite chart to your new dashboard. Next, select the context. You'll see a preview of the chart before you finish adding it.

The Add Text button creates a new card with user-defined text, which you can use to describe or document a particular dashboard's meaning and purpose.

Be sure to click the Save button any time you make changes to your dashboard.

An example multi-node dashboard for system CPU
metrics

Using your dashboard#

Dashboards are designed to be interactive and flexible so you can design them to your exact needs. Dashboards are made of any number of cards, which can contain charts or text.

Chart cards#

Click the Add Chart button to add your first chart card. From the dropdown, select either *All Nodes or a specific node. If you select All Nodes**, you will add a composite chart to your new dashboard. Next, select the context. You'll see a preview of the chart before you finish adding it.

The charts you add to any dashboard are fully interactive, just like the charts in an Agent dashboard or a single node's dashboard in Cloud. Zoom in and out, highlight timeframes, and more. See our Agent dashboard docs for all the shortcuts.

Charts also synchronize as you interact with them, even across contexts or nodes.

Text cards#

The Add Text button creates a new card with user-defined text. When you create a new text card or edit an existing one, select/highlight characters or words to open a modal to make them bold, italic, or underlined. You can also create a link.

Move cards#

To move any card, click and hold on the top of the card, then drag it to a new location. A red placeholder indicates the new location. Once you release your mouse, other charts re-sort to the grid system automatically.

Resize cards#

To resize any card on a dashboard, click on the bottom-right corner and drag to the card's new size. Other cards re-sort to the grid system automatically.

Jump to single-node dashboards#

Quickly jump to any node's dashboard by clicking the 3-dot icon in the corner of any card to open a menu. Hit the Go to Chart item.

You'll land directly on that chart of interest, but you can now scroll up and down to correlate your findings with other charts. Of course, you can continue to zoom, highlight, and pan through time just as you're used to with Agent dashboards.

Pin dashboards#

Click on the Pin button in any dashboard to put those charts into a separate panel at the bottom of the screen. You can now navigate through Netdata Cloud freely, individual Cloud dashboards, the Nodes view, different War Rooms, or even different Spaces, and have those valuable metrics follow you.

Pinning dashboards helps you correlate potentially related charts across your infrastructure, no matter how you organized your Spaces and War Rooms, and helps you discover root causes faster.

Manage your dashboards#

To see dashboards associated with the current War Room, click Dashboards tab in any War Room. You can select dashboards and delete them using the ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ icon.

Update/save a dashboard#

If you've made changes to a dashboard, such as adding or moving cards, the Save button is enabled. Click it to save your most recent changes. Any other members of the War Room will be able to see these changes the next time they load this dashboard.

If multiple users attempt to make concurrent changes to the same dashboard, the second user who hits Save will be prompted to either overwrite the dashboard or reload to see the most recent changes.

Remove an individual card#

Click on the 3-dot icon in the corner of any card to open a menu. Click the Remove Card item to remove the card.

Delete a dashboard#

Delete any dashboard by navigating to it and clicking the Delete button. This will remove this entry from the dropdown for every member of this War Room.

Minimum browser viewport#

Because of the visual complexity of individual charts, dashboards require a minimum browser viewport of 800px.

What's next?#

Once you've designed a dashboard or two, make sure to invite your team if you haven't already. You can add these new users to the same War Room to let them see the same dashboards without any effort.

Reach out

If you need help after reading this doc, search our community forum for an answer. There's a good chance someone else has already found a solution to the same issue.

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