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Grep through all Grafana entities in the spirit of git-wtf

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grafana-wtf - grep through all Grafana entities in the spirit of git-wtf.


Search Grafana (dashboards and datasources) for string “weatherbase”.

grafana-wtf find weatherbase

Display 50 most recent changes across all dashboards.

grafana-wtf log --number=50

Explore dashboards and datasources in more detail.

grafana-wtf explore dashboards
grafana-wtf explore datasources

Explore plugins.

grafana-wtf plugins list
grafana-wtf plugins status

Run with Docker:

# Access Grafana instance on localhost, without authentication.
docker run --rm -it \
    --env GRAFANA_URL="http://host.docker.internal:3000" \ grafana-wtf info

# Access Grafana instance with authentication.
docker run --rm -it \
    --env GRAFANA_URL="" \
    --env GRAFANA_TOKEN="eyJrIjoiWHg...dGJpZCI6MX0=" \ grafana-wtf info


grafana-wtf find

grafana-wtf log


Install grafana-wtf

pip install grafana-wtf

Configure Grafana

Please take these steps to create an API key with your Grafana instance:

  • Go to

  • Choose “New API Key”.

    • Key name: grafana-wtf

    • Role: Admin

  • From the output curl -H "Authorization: Bearer eyJrIjoiWHg...dGJpZCI6MX0=" ..., please take note of the Bearer token. This is your Grafana API key.


Grafana connection

To configure to which Grafana instance to connect to, and how to authenticate, use the --grafana-url and --grafana-token command line options.

Alternatively, before running grafana-wtf, you can define URL and access token of your Grafana instance by using environment variables:

export GRAFANA_TOKEN=eyJrIjoiWHg...dGJpZCI6MX0=

In order to accept untrusted SSL certificates, append the ?verify=no query string to the GRAFANA_URL:



grafana-wtf will cache HTTP responses for 60 minutes by default, in order to save resources, by not hitting the server each server. You can configure that setting by using the --cache-ttl option, or the CACHE_TTL environment variable.

When invoking the program with the --drop-cache option, it will drop its cache upfront.


General information

# Display a bunch of meta information and statistics.
grafana-wtf info --format=yaml

# Display Grafana version.
grafana-wtf info --format=json | jq -r '.grafana.version'

Explore data sources

How to find unused data sources?

# Display all data sources and the dashboards using them, as well as unused data sources.
grafana-wtf explore datasources --format=yaml

# Display names of unused datasources as a flat list.
grafana-wtf explore datasources --format=json | jq -r '.unused[]'

Explore dashboards

How to find dashboards which use non-existing data sources?

# Display some details of all dashboards, including names of missing data sources.
grafana-wtf explore dashboards --format=yaml

# Display only dashboards which have missing data sources, along with their names.
grafana-wtf explore dashboards --format=json | \
    jq '.[] | select(.datasources_missing) | .dashboard + {ds_missing: .datasources_missing[] | [.name]}'

How to find dashboards using specific data sources?

# Display all dashboards which use a specific data source, filtered by data source name.
grafana-wtf explore dashboards --format=json | jq '.[] | select(.datasources | .[].type=="<datasource_name>")'

# Display all dashboards using data sources with a specific type. Here: InfluxDB.
grafana-wtf explore dashboards --format=json | jq '.[] | select(.datasources | .[].type=="influxdb")'

How to list all queries used in all dashboards?

grafana-wtf explore dashboards --data-details --queries-only --format=json | \
    jq '.[].details | values[] | .[] | .expr,.jql,.query,.rawSql | select( . != null and . != "" )'

Searching for strings

Find the string weatherbase throughout all dashboards and data sources:

grafana-wtf find weatherbase

Replacing strings

Replace all occurrences of ldi_v2 with ldi_v3 within dashboard with UID _JJ22OZZk:

grafana-wtf --select-dashboard=_JJ22OZZk replace ldi_v2 ldi_v3

In order to preview the changes, you should use the --dry-run option beforehand:

grafana-wtf --select-dashboard=_JJ22OZZk replace ldi_v2 ldi_v3 --dry-run

Display edit history

Watching out for recent editing activity on any dashboards?

# Display 50 most recent changes across all dashboards.
grafana-wtf log --number=50


For discovering more command line parameters and their arguments, please invoke grafana-wtf --help and have a look at grafana-wtf examples.


git clone
cd grafana-wtf

# Run all tests.
make test

# Run selected tests.
pytest --keepalive -vvv -k test_find_textual

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