Installable dashboards

Cloud Monitoring provides a set of dashboard definitions available on GitHub in the monitoring-dashboard-samples repository as JSON files.

These JSON files provide dashboards with charts specific to a variety of Google Cloud services, for example Compute Engine, Cloud Storage, BigQuery, and others. The charts present a selection of metrics relevant to a specific service.

Unlike the built-in, predefined dashboards, which you can't edit or delete, these dashboards are considered custom dashboards, so you can modify them to better suit your needs.

You can install these dashboards by using the gcloud monitoring dashboards create command or the dashboards.create method in the Cloud Monitoring API.

Installing a dashboard

To install dashboards from the GitHub repository, do the following:

  1. Clone or download the repository:

    git clone
  2. Identify the dashboards you want to install. For example, the directory monitoring-dashboard-samples/dashboards/compute contains a file named gce-vm-instance-monitoring.json.

  3. Install the desired dashboards. For example:

    gcloud monitoring dashboards create --config-from-file=gce-vm-instance-monitoring.json

For more information about installing dashboards, see Using the API.

Viewing the installed dashboard

Each file in the repository creates a new custom dashboard. For example, the file gce-vm-instance-monitoring.json creates a dashboard with the title "GCE VM Instance Monitoring".

  1. In the Cloud Console, select Monitoring or click the following button:

    Go to Monitoring

  2. In the Monitoring navigation panel, click Dashboards.

  3. Click on "GCE VM Instance Monitoring" in the list. If you have a lot of dashboards, you might want to filter for custom dashboards or for the name of the new dashboard. For information on filtering this list, see Viewing custom dashboards.

The following screenshot shows the part of the installed dashboard:

GCE VM Instance Monitoring dashboard