Dashboards are one way for you to view and analyze metric data. The Cloud Console provides predefined dashboards that require no setup or configuration. You can also define custom dashboards. With custom dashboards, you have complete control over the charts that are displayed and their configuration.
To view a list of all of your dashboards, do the following:
In the Cloud Console, select Monitoring
In the Monitoring navigation panel, click Dashboards.
The Dashboards Overview window lets you create custom dashboards, manage all of your dashboards, and access the Cloud Bigtable key visualizer:
Each dashboard has a Name and a Type. For custom dashboards, you select the name. The dashboard type is one of four values:
- Custom: You create and define the content of these dashboards.
- Google Cloud Platform: These are predefined dashboards for Google Cloud products.
- Applications: These are predefined dashboards for third-party applications such as Cassandra and nginx.
- Amazon Web Services: These are predefined dashboards for AWS services.
Predefined dashboards have the type of Google Cloud, Applications, or Amazon Web Services. You can modify the chart configuration and the display period for these dashboards. For more information, see Configuring dashboards. You cannot delete a predefined dashboard, and you cannot modify which charts are displayed on a predefined dashboard.
Viewing a GCE instance dashboard
To view the dashboard for a specific GCE instance, do the following:
- In the Monitoring navigation panel, click Dashboards.
In the filter bar filter_list, click the text Filter Dashboards, select Type and then select Google Cloud Platform.
In the resulting list, click GCE Instances.
The GCE Instances page displays a list of dashboards. Each entry in the list includes the GCE Instance name, zone, CPU usage, and the memory usage.
To view the dashboard for a specific GCE instance, click on the instance name.
Viewing a GKE dashboard
To view the dashboards for your GKE instances, do the following:
- In the Monitoring navigation panel, click Dashboards.
- In the filter bar filter_list, click the text Filter Dashboards, select Type and then select Google Cloud Platform.
- In the resulting list, click Kubernetes Engine (new).
Listing predefined dashboards
To list your only your predefined dashboards, you add filters. For example, to display all application or Google Cloud dashboards, do the following:
- In the Dashboards Overview page, add the filter Type: Google Cloud Platform.
- Add the filter OR.
Add the filter Type: Applications.
You can also sort the dashboards by type or filter on the dashboard name.
Predefined dashboards aren't constrained to a fixed format. For example, the following predefined dashboards include different types of information:
- The Cloud Storage dashboard includes charts, incidents, events, and a list of links to your storage buckets. You can click the bucket name to access the bucket.
- The GCE disks dashboard is list of disk, the corresponding instance, and additional information. Each disk in the list has its own dashboard which you access by clicking the disk name.
- The Kubernetes Engine (new) dashboard is a navigation tool to view your clusters. As you navigate through the cluster hierarchy, subsequent panes display charts, incidents, and other metric information.
You can create custom dashboards to display specific charts. After you create your dashboard, you add charts that display the data that is of interest to you. You can modify your custom dashboard using the controls described in Configuring dashboards.
Creating a custom dashboard
There is no restriction on the number of dashboards that you can create for a Google Cloud project. To create a new dashboard, follow these steps:
In the Dashboards Overview page, click Create dashboard.
(Optional) Enter a descriptive title for the dashboard and click Confirm. The default dashboard title is
To change the title after the dashboard is created, locate the dashboard on the Dashboard Overview page, click Edit edit and enter a name. To save the changes, click Confirm.
For each chart that you want to add to your dashboard, follow these steps:
- In the dashboard, select Add chart.
- Complete the dialog to define your chart and click Save. For detailed information on creating a chart, see Creating charts.
Deleting a custom dashboard
To delete a dashboard, do the following:
- Begin the delete action by choosing one approach:
- In the Dashboards Overview page, identify the dashboard to delete, and then click Delete delete.
- In the dashboard, select Dashboard settings settings and then select Delete dashboard.
- Click Delete in the confirmation dialog.
Copying a custom dashboard
To copy, or duplicate a dashboard, do the following:
- Begin the copy action by choosing one approach:
- In the Dashboards Overview page, identify the dashboard to copy, and then click the Copy icon.
- In the dashboard, select Dashboard settings settings and then select Copy dashboard.
- Click Copy in the confirmation dialog.
To change the default configuration for every chart on a dashboard, use the dashboard toolbar. To override the dashboard settings for a chart, use the chart's toolbar.
Each dashboard displays its name and a toolbar, which provide the following controls:
Reset Zoom zoom_out
Removes your time interval and range of value selections. For more information, see Changing the graph resolution.
Defines the default configuration for all charts on the dashboard. For all dashboards, the settings include the following:
- Show all legends.
- Hide chart legends.
- X-Ray Mode: Show each graph line in white on a black background.
- Color Mode: Show each graph line with a unique color on a white background.
- Statistics Mode: Use color mode and add additional lines to display statistical information.
For custom dashboards, you have additional options:
- Edit dashboard name.
- Copy dashboard. This option creates a duplicate dashboard
with the same title as the original, but prefixed by
- Delete dashboard.
- Define how many charts are displayed in a single row.
Displays the dashboard full screen.
Auto Refresh autorenew
Disables or enables the redrawing of all the charts on a dashboard when new data is available. Auto refresh is automatically disabled by certain analysis features. For example, if you modify the graph resolution, auto refresh is disabled.
Time-range selectors Sets the display period for all charts on the dashboard. When you select a display period, all charts are redrawn. However, the auto refresh state is not changed. For more information, see Setting the display period.
Add chart button
Opens the new-chart dialog. If you click Save, the chart is added to your custom dashboard.
The Add chart button isn't available for predefined dashboards. For custom dashboards, it's available when your role is owner or editor.
Each chart on a dashboard has its own controls:
Toggle Legend list
Overrides the dashboard-toolbar setting. Click this button to hide or display the legend below the chart. For more information, see Showing and hiding legends.
Displays the chart full screen.
Overrides the dashboard-toolbar settings for the display of the chart. In addition, the More more_vert options include the ability to download an image, in PNG-format, of the chart.
By adding filters, you can quickly locate an individual dashboard or a collection of dashboards. Each filter is represented as a filter name and a filter value. You can have multiple filters.
For example, to list all dashboards whose name includes
the following filter:
If you have multiple filters, they are automatically joined
by a logical
AND, unless you specifically insert an
For example, if you add the following filters, then the overview page
only displays predefined dashboards whose name includes
By comparison, if you insert an
OR between two filters,
then a dashboard is listed if it matches either filter. In this example, if a
dashboard's name contains
Event or if the dashboard's type is
Google Cloud, then the dashboard is listed: