In this tutorial we will show you how to install Grafana on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Grafana is an open source data visualization and tracking suite. It offers support for Graphite, Elasticsearch, Included, Prometheus, and a lot more databases. The application gives a beautiful dashboard and metric analytics, with capability to control and create your own dashboard to your own apps or infrastructure performance monitoring.
This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Grafana open source data visualization and monitoring suite on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.
Install Grafana on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Grafana.
First, Add new Grafana repository to the ‘sources.list.d’ directory and then add the repository gpg key using the following commands:
echo 'deb https://packagecloud.io/grafana/stable/debian/ jessie main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/grafana.list
curl https://packagecloud.io/gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
Run the following command to install Grafana software:
apt-get install grafana
After the installation process is finished, execute the following commands to start your Grafana service:
systemctl start grafana-server
systemctl enable grafana-server
Grafana will be available on HTTP port 3000 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://mydomain.com:3000 and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 3000 to enable access to the control panel.
Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Grafana. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Grafana analytics and monitoring on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Grafana web site.