Grafana Dashboard Manager


Grafana dash-n-grab

Grafana Dash-n-Grab (GDG) -- Dashboard/DataSource Manager. The purpose of this project is to provide an easy to use CLI to interact with the grafana API allowing you to backup and restore dashboard and datasources.

Getting started

This project requires Go to be installed. On OS X with Homebrew you can just run brew install go.

Configuring Auth

make a copy of conf/importer-example.yml and name it conf/importer.yml You'll need administrative privileges to proceed.

You can use either an Auth Token or username/password credentials. If you configure both then the Token is given priority.

Watched folders under grafana is a white list of folders that are being managed by the tool. By default only "General" is managed.

env.output defines where the files will be saved and imported from.


Starting with version 0.1.4 contexts are now supported. Your config can contain one or multiple contexts which are essentially a grafana server configuration.

ctx is shorthand for context

./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager ctx list -- Lists all known contexts
./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager ctx show -c qa -- shows the configuration for the selected context
./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager ctx set -c production -- updates the active config and sets it to the request value.


Only supported with basic auth. Users is the only one where basic auth is given priority. API Auth is not supported, so will try to use basic auth if configured otherwise will warn the user and exit.

./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager users list -- Lists all known users
./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager users promote -u [email protected] -- promotes the user to a grafana admin

Running the app

Running it then should be as simple as:

$ make build
$ ./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager

Every namespace has three functions: list, import, export, clear operating on only the monitored folders.


All commands can use dashboards or dash to manage dashboards

./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager dash list -- Lists all current dashboards
./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager dash import -- Import all dashboards from grafana to local file system
./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager dash export -- Exports all dashboard from local filesystem (matching folder filter) to Grafana
./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager dash clear -- Deletes all dashboards


DataSources credentials are keyed by the name of the DataSource. See see config example. If the datasource JSON doesn't have auth enabled, the credentials are igored. If Credentials are missing, we'll fall back on default credentials if any exist. The password is set as a value for basicAuthPassword in the API payload.

All commands can use datasources or ds to manage datasources

./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager ds list -- Lists all current datasources
./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager ds import -- Import all datasources from grafana to local file system
./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager ds export -- Exports all dashboard from local filesystem (matching folder filter) to Grafana
./bin/grafana-dashboard-manager ds clear -- Deletes all datasources

Making a release

Install goreleaser.

brew install goreleaser/tap/goreleaser
brew reinstall goreleaser`

export your GITHUB_TOKEN.

export GITHUB_TOKEN="secret"

git tag v0.1.0 goreleaser release

  • Support importing Grafana panels

    Support importing Grafana panels

    Apparently, Grafana does not plan to support importing library panels through POST API and they want people to use import dashboard API that is not documented.

    It would be great if you could use that import API to support that feature.

    I was planning on writing PR, but currently have busy schedule.

    documentation Stale 
    opened by efekete 11
  • Configuration with environment variables

    Configuration with environment variables

    It would be nice if we could specify environment variables in the configuration file importer.yml

    This will enable us to isolate secrets (tokens and passwords), and safely commit the configuration file to version control.

    opened by forzagreen 11
  • Auth Token or API key?

    Auth Token or API key?

    hi The authentication with Auth Token doesn't seem to work, even when created with Admin permission. Is it the API key I need to create or am I missing something here? Thanks a lot!

    opened by jotka 11
  • Authentication behind a https client certificate

    Authentication behind a https client certificate

    Our Grafana is running behind a self signed certificat.

    I get this error while executing dash list

    time="2021-11-29T13:39:10+01:00" level=warning msg="Error getting organizations: Get \"\": local error: tls: no renegotiation"
    time="2021-11-29T13:39:10+01:00" level=fatal msg="Failed to retrieve dashboardsGet \"\": local error: tls: no renegotiation"
    opened by Syndlex 8
  • import export of a single dashboard

    import export of a single dashboard

    Hi @safaci2000 I think it would be useful to import and export a single dashboard. A use case can be to copy a single dashboard for one organization to another when you have a lot organization and don't want, or can't, copy all dashboards every time.

    gdg ctx set -c context_a
    gdg dashboard import my-dash
    gdg ctx set -c context_b
    gdg dashboard export my-dash

    Any idea is appreciated, I'm waiting of your feedback to start coding.

    opened by mvalletta 7
  • Use grafana sdk instead of a forked repo

    Use grafana sdk instead of a forked repo

    Hi @safaci2000 can you use instead of your forked repo ? I think it's better for security reasons

    opened by mvalletta 6
  • Allow list / export / import / delete of Grafana alarms

    Allow list / export / import / delete of Grafana alarms


    AFAIK currently there is no way to list / export / import / delete alerts set in Grafana. We would like to start exporting them so that we can have a back up in git.


    I would like to implement the following commands:

    ./gdg alerts list
    ./gdg alerts import
    ,/gdg alerts export
    ./gdg alerts clear

    Also, add a new block into the configuration file / parser. Something like:

        dashboards_output: "dashboards"
        alerts_output: "alerts"

    When exporting / importing, we would consider all of the alerts, just like with datasources. Meaning it would not be possible to export / import specific alerts.


    • API documentation
    • I very much won't mind implementing this, but I will have time for this at best at the start of November. So I am creating an issue to first ask whether there are any plans for this, or whether by any chance you dont have a partial code for it already. :shrug:
    opened by VladMasarik 5
  • Support instances with more than 1000 dashboards

    Support instances with more than 1000 dashboards

    Thank you for this project!

    When listing/importing dashboards from a Grafana instance with more than 1000 dashboards, you only get the dashboards within the watched folder that were returned in the first 1000 results. As result, in my case I only imported 37 dashboards instead of all 225.

    I have no immediate need for this feature, but hopefully it could safe others some time or trouble in the short term.

    opened by cr1xu5 4
  • [Docs] Added import / export examples

    [Docs] Added import / export examples

    Hi, you have a wonderful project!

    As I was using it, I found a few things that were not mentioned in the documentation, and which I thought would help me get to use your project much faster. So, I created this PR.

    Things I am trying to achieve:

    • Provide minimal configuration needed to import/export the dashboards; The importer-example.yml is great, but I wasn't sure what is needed, and which parts should be adjusted.
    • Mention of how the user will know if the things are working; Before, I wasn't 100% sure whether I need to also specify organization etc., and when I successfully printed the dashboards, I also got a log complaining about permissions, although that was just fine.
    • Showcase of the folder structure in case you are uploading; Before, I wasn't sure about the structure, and if there are some "prefix" folders in Grafana, so I hope this will make it explicit.

    I am very much open to any adjustments, this was more something I quickly wrote / copy pasted from my own documentation.

    opened by VladMasarik 4
  • Difference Report

    Difference Report

    It would be interesting to explore the ability to generate a report between:

    • Server A and Server B
    • backup folder and Server
    • two backup locations to generate a diff.

    This is a bit of a more advanced feature, and initially looking at focusing it on Dashboards/DataSources.

    enhancement Stale 
    opened by safaci2000 3
  • Cloud backup

    Cloud backup

    Explore Uploading/Pulling data from GS/S3.

    Potential useful implementation/ abstraction to support multiple cloud providers:

    enhancement Stale 
    opened by safaci2000 3
  • Support Sync contexts

    Support Sync contexts

    Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe.

    Given two valid contexts, it would be nice to have the ability to synchronize a particular entity ie. dashboards between two contexts.

    Source context could use grafana instance or the storage system as an input while the destination should always be a grafana insurance.

    Describe the solution you'd like A clear and concise description of what you want to happen.

    Example : gdg sync dashboards staging production gdg sync datasources --backup staging production

    opened by safaci2000 0
  • export from specific local folder to grafana

    export from specific local folder to grafana

    Hi all,

    I have multiple grafana instances with many folders and wanna sync my folders from one dc to another. Can we have an option to import a folder from grafana at DC1 to my local folder dashboards/DC1 and then switch context to DC2 and export dashboards/DC1 to grafana at DC2? let me also say that I don't want to change output_path of dc2 to dashboards/DC1. I need it for example as an command line argument.

    Thanks in advance.

    opened by pahla1 1
  • [Spike] Migrate to go-client

    [Spike] Migrate to go-client

    Current work for grafana is looking at generating go-client from swagger models.

    It may be worth to look at switching to utilizing the go-client over other SDKs we've been using of late.

    This ticket is to capture the work to investigate if the intent of that project is an SDK replacement.

    opened by safaci2000 1
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