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Ansible Role: grafana

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Provision and manage grafana - platform for analytics and monitoring


  • Ansible >= 2.5
  • libselinux-python on deployer host (only when deployer machine has SELinux)
  • grafana >= 5.1 (for older grafana versions use this role in version 0.10.1 or earlier)

Role Variables

All variables which can be overridden are stored in defaults/main.yml file as well as in table below.

Name Default Value Description
grafana_use_provisioning true Use Grafana provisioning capalibity when possible (grafana_version=latest will assume >= 5.0)
grafana_system_user grafana Grafana server system user
grafana_system_group grafana Grafana server system group
grafana_version latest Grafana package version
grafana_instance {{ ansible_fqdn | default(ansible_host) | default(inventory_hostname) }} Grafana instance name
grafana_logs_dir /var/log/grafana Path to logs directory
grafana_data_dir /var/lib/grafana Path to database directory
grafana_address Address on which grafana listens
grafana_port 3000 port on which grafana listens
grafana_url "http://{{ grafana_address }}:{{ grafana_port }}" Full URL used to access Grafana from a web browser
grafana_api_url "{{ grafana_url }}" URL used for API calls in provisioning if different from public URL. See this issue.
grafana_domain "{{ ansible_fqdn | default(ansible_host) | default('localhost') }}" setting is only used in as a part of the root_url option. Useful when using GitHub or Google OAuth
grafana_server { protocol: http, enforce_domain: false, socket: "", cert_key: "", cert_file: "", enable_gzip: false, static_root_path: public, router_logging: false } server configuration section
grafana_security { admin_user: admin, admin_password: "" } security configuration section
grafana_database { type: sqlite3 } database configuration section
grafana_welcome_email_on_sign_up false Send welcome email after signing up
grafana_users { allow_sign_up: false, auto_assign_org_role: Viewer, default_theme: dark } users configuration section
grafana_auth {} authorization configuration section
grafana_ldap {} ldap configuration section. group_mappings are expanded, see defaults for example
grafana_session {} session management configuration section
grafana_analytics {} Google analytics configuration section
grafana_smtp {} smtp configuration section
grafana_alerting true alerting configuration section
grafana_metrics {} metrics configuration section
grafana_tracing {} tracing configuration section
grafana_snapshots {} snapshots configuration section
grafana_image_storage {} image storage configuration section
grafana_dashboards [] List of dashboards which should be imported
grafana_dashboards_dir "dashboards" Path to a local directory containing dashboards files in json format
grafana_datasources [] List of datasources which should be configured
grafana_environment {} Optional Environment param for Grafana installation, usefull ie for setting http_proxy

Datasource example:

  - name: prometheus
    type: prometheus
    access: proxy
    url: 'http://{{ prometheus_web_listen_address }}'
    basicAuth: false

Dashboard example:

  - dashboard_id: 111
    revision_id: 1
    datasource: prometheus

Supported CPU Architectures

Detection is done automatically and packages are taken from different channels according to CPU architecture:



- hosts: all
    - cloudalchemy.grafana

Demo site

We provide demo site for full monitoring solution based on prometheus and grafana. Repository with code and links to running instances is available on github and site is hosted on DigitalOcean.

Local Testing

The preferred way of locally testing the role is to use Docker and molecule (v2.x). You will have to install Docker on your system. See "Get started" for a Docker package suitable to for your system. We are using tox to simplify process of testing on multiple ansible versions. To install tox execute:

pip install tox

To run tests on all ansible versions (WARNING: this can take some time)


To run a custom molecule command on custom environment with only default test scenario:

tox -e py27-ansible25 -- molecule test -s default

For more information about molecule go to their docs.

If you would like to run tests on remote docker host just specify DOCKER_HOST variable before running tox tests.

Travis CI

Combining molecule and travis CI allows us to test how new PRs will behave when used with multiple ansible versions and multiple operating systems. This also allows use to create test scenarios for different role configurations. As a result we have a quite large test matrix (42 parallel role executions in case of ansible-prometheus) which will take more time than local testing, so please be patient.


See contributor guideline.


This project is licensed under MIT License. See LICENSE for more details.