Explore in Grafana version 10 - Amazon Managed Grafana

Explore in Grafana version 10

This documentation topic is designed for Grafana workspaces that support Grafana version 10.x.

For Grafana workspaces that support Grafana version 9.x, see Working in Grafana version 9.

For Grafana workspaces that support Grafana version 8.x, see Working in Grafana version 8.

Grafana’s dashboard UI provides functionality to build dashboards for visualization. Explore strips away the dashboard and panel options so that you can focus on the query. It helps you iterate until you have a working query and then you can build a dashboard from the query.


If you just want to explore your data and do not want to create a dashboard, then Explore makes this much easier. If your data source supports graph and table data, then Explore shows the results both as a graph and a table. This allows you to see trends in the data and more details at the same time.

This page will get you started exploring your data. The following topics give you more details on specific features and uses for Explore.

Start exploring


In order to access Explore, you must have an editor or an administrator role.

To access Explore
  1. In your Grafana workspace, choose the Explore menu item from the left menu bar.

    An empty Explore tab opens.

    Alternately, to start with an existing query in a panel, choose the Explore option from the Panel menu. This opens an Explore tab with the query from the panel and allows you to tweak or iterate in the query outside of your dashboard.

  2. Choose your data source from the dropdown in the top left.

    You can also choose Open advanced data source picker to see more options, including adding a data source (for Admins only).

  3. Write the querying using the query editor provided by the selected data source.

    For more details about queries, see Query and transform data.

  4. Run the query using the button in the top right corner.

Split and compare

The split view provides an easy way to compare visualizations side-by-side or to look at related data together on one page.

Top open the split view
  1. In the Explore view, choose the Split button to duplicate the current query and split the page into two side-by-side queries.


    It is possible to select another data source for the new query which, for example, allows you to compare the same query for two different servers or to compare the staging environment to the production environment.

    In split view, timepickers for both panels can be linked (if you change one, the other gets changed as well) by selecting a time-sync button attached to one of the timepickers. Linking timepickers keeps the start and the end times of the split view queries in sync. It ensures that you’re looking at the same time interval in both split panels.

  2. To close the newly created query, choose the Close Split button.

Content outline

The content outline is a side navigation bar that keeps track of the queries and visualizations you created in Explore. It allows you to navigate between them quickly.

The content outline also works in a split view. When you are in split view, the content outline is generated for each pane.

To open the content outline
  1. Select the Outline button in the top left corner of the Explore screen.

  2. Select any panel icon in the content outline to navigate to that panel.

Share Explore URLs

When using Explore, the URL in the browser address bar updates as you make changes to the queries. You can share or bookmark this URL.


Explore may generate relatively long URLs. You can also generate and share a shortened link if the URL is too long for your tools.

Generating Explore URLs from external tools

Because Explore URLs have a defined structure, you can build a URL from external tools and open it in Grafana. The url structure is:



  • org_id is the organization ID

  • schema_version is the schema version (should be set to the latest version, which is 1.

  • panes is a url-encoded JSON object of panes, where each key is the pane ID and each value is an object matching the following schema:

    { datasource: string; // the pane's root datasource UID, or `-- Mixed --` for mixed datasources queries: { refId: string; // an alphanumeric identifier for this query, must be unique within the pane, i.e. "A", "B", "C", etc. datasource: { uid: string; // the query's datasource UID ie: "AD7864H6422" type: string; // the query's datasource type-id, i.e: "loki" } // ... any other datasource-specific query parameters }[]; // array of queries for this pane range: { from: string; // the start time, in milliseconds since epoch to: string; // the end time, in milliseconds since epoch } }

    The from and to fields also accept relative ranges as described in the Setting dashboard time range topic.

Share shortened link

The Share shortened link capability allows you to create smaller and simpler URLs of the format /goto/:uid instead of using longer URLs with query parameters. To create a shortened link to the query results, select the Share option in the Explore toolbar. A shortened link that is never used will automatically get deleted after seven (7) days. If a link is used at least once, it won't get deleted.

Sharing shortened links with absolute time

Short links have two options: keeping relative time (for example, from two hours ago to the current time) or absolute time (for example, from 8am to 10am). Sharing a shortened link by default will copy the time range selected, relative or absolute. Choosing the dropdown button next to the share shortened link button and selecting one of the options under Time-Sync URL Links will allow you to create a short link with the absolute time, meaning anyone receiving the link will see the same data you are seeing, even if they open the link at another time. This option will not affect the time range selected in your Explore view.