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Create a CloudWatch Dashboard

To get started with CloudWatch dashboards, you must first create a dashboard. You can create multiple dashboards. You can have up to 500 dashboards in your AWS account. All dashboards are global, not region-specific.

The steps in this section are for creating a dashboard using the console. You can also create a dashboard with the PutDashboard API, which uses a JSON string to define the dashboard contents. To create a dashboard using PutDashboard and base this dashboard on an existing dashboard, choose Actions, View/edit source to display and copy the JSON string of a current dashboard to use for your new dashboard.

For more information about creating a dashboard using the API, see PutDashboard in the Amazon CloudWatch API Reference.

To create a dashboard using the console

  1. Open the CloudWatch console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudwatch/.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Dashboards, Create dashboard.

  3. In the Create new dashboard dialog box, type a name for the dashboard and choose Create dashboard.

  4. Do one of the following in the Add to this dashboard dialog box:

    • To add a graph to your dashboard, choose Line or Stacked area and then choose Configure. In the Add metric graph dialog box, select the metrics to graph and choose Create widget.

    • To add a number displaying a metric to the dashboard, choose Number, Configure. In the Add metric graph dialog box, select the metrics to graph and choose Create widget.

    • To add a text block to your dashboard, choose Text, Configure. In the New text widget dialog box, for Markdown, add and format your text using Markdown, and then choose Create widget.

  5. Optionally, choose Add widget and repeat step 4 to add another widget to the dashboard. You can repeat this step as much as you want.

  6. Choose Save dashboard.