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    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on exporting Grafana data to CSV filesā€”an essential skill for data analysis and visualization enthusiasts. The ability to export to CSV from Grafana panels not only enhances data portability but also allows for seamless integration with spreadsheet applications, providing a familiar environment to manipulate and analyze the data further. Throughout this page, we will explore the intricacies of Grafana, delve into the step-by-step process of exporting data to CSV files, discuss various use cases where CSV exports become invaluable, introduce an alternative method for CSV exports using Sourcetable, and finally, address common questions and concerns regarding the export process.

    What is Grafana?

    Grafana is a software tool that is available for free and provides a comprehensive plan for users which includes various features such as 10K series Prometheus metrics, 50GB logs, 50GB traces, 50GB profiles, and 500VUh k6 testing. It is a powerful platform used for centralized observability, enabling users to create informative dashboards for the analysis and visualization of metrics. Its capabilities also extend to querying high-cardinality data using PromQL and Graphite queries.

    As a versatile tool, Grafana facilitates the aggregation and visualization of logs, as well as the collection and observation of traces. This aids in making data more accessible and understandable by employing visual elements like charts, graphs, and maps. Through these features, Grafana supports data visualization which is crucial for interpreting and interacting with large sets of data, a process that is increasingly important across many industries.

    Data visualization, as an integral part of Grafana, allows users to present data visually in effective and interesting ways, making it a key skill for data scientists, data analysts, and other professionals. In essence, Grafana serves as a form of visual storytelling, enabling visual representation of information and data, and thereby optimizing the processes for those who investigate business processes, document development, or require a means to analyze big data.

    Exporting Grafana Data to a CSV File

    Exporting Data from a Panel

    To export data from a specific panel to a CSV file in Grafana 6.6, you need to hover over the top of the panel you are interested in. Click on the panel menu, navigate to 'More', and then select 'Export CSV'. The data will be exported with semi colons as separators by default.

    Exporting Data from All Panels Programmatically

    It is possible to download CSV files for all the panels in a dashboard programmatically. This method avoids the need to manually export each panel's data.

    Exporting Data from a Table Panel

    To export data from a table panel, first ensure that it queries all the metrics that are displayed in the other panels. Once your table panel is set up with the necessary queries, you can export the data from this panel.

    Important Considerations When Exporting

    When exporting data to CSV, choosing the 'Excel CSV Dialect' option may cause the exported data to appear as gibberish. Additionally, when exporting chart data, be aware that the export will only include data points with 10-minute intervals.

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    Streamline Your Data Management with Sourcetable

    Instead of the multi-step process of exporting your Grafana data to a CSV and then importing it into another spreadsheet program, consider the seamless integration that Sourcetable offers. With Sourcetable, you can directly sync your live data from Grafana, bypassing the need for manual exports. This not only saves time but also ensures that your data remains up-to-date without the constant need for manual intervention.

    Sourcetable simplifies the way you work with data from different sources. It automates the pulling of data into a single, easy-to-use spreadsheet interface. This is ideal for those seeking to streamline their workflow and enhance their business intelligence capabilities. With Sourcetable, you gain the power of automation, reducing the risk of errors associated with manual data entry and keeping your focus on data analysis and insights.

    Common Use Cases

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      Downloading data from a specific panel for further analysis
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      Attaching CSV exports to email alerts for reporting purposes
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      Creating a comprehensive data report by exporting all dashboard panels into a single CSV
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      Exporting chart data for use in presentations or documents
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      Programmatically generating CSV exports for regular reporting or backup

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I export data from Grafana to CSV?

    To export data as CSV, hover over the top of a panel, click on the panel menu, then go to More > Export CSV.

    What version of Grafana introduced the CSV export option?

    The option to export data to CSV is available from Grafana version 6.6.

    What is the default CSV separator in Grafana exports?

    The default CSV separator is a semi-colon.

    What does the Excel CSV Dialect option do and what are its effects?

    The Excel CSV Dialect option changes the separator to a comma, but it may cause the exported data to become unreadable.

    What is the recommended way to export all panels in a dashboard to CSV?

    The best way to export all panels in a dashboard to CSV is to create a Table panel with all the metrics and export the data from that panel.


    Exporting data to CSV from Grafana is a straightforward process, especially with the introduction of this feature in Grafana 6.6. With the default export configuration using a semicolon as the separator, users can efficiently extract data for comprehensive analysis. Whether you need to export data from all panels on a dashboard or from a specific table panel, Grafana ensures that your data is ready for export with just a few clicks. Additionally, for enhanced reporting, you can even attach CSV files to email alerts with the help of plugins. However, if you seek a more integrated solution for importing your data directly into a spreadsheet, consider using Sourcetable. Sign up for Sourcetable today and streamline your data management without the need for manual CSV exports.

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