Elasticsearch Grafana OpenSearch Dashboard: How to Integrate and Visualize Data

By Opster Team

Updated: Jun 18, 2023

| 3 min read


Grafana is a popular open-source platform for monitoring and visualizing time-series data. It supports a wide range of data sources, including OpenSearch, which is a community-driven, open-source search and analytics suite derived from Elasticsearch. In this article, we will discuss how to integrate Grafana with OpenSearch and create a dashboard to visualize your data. If you want to learn about OpenSearch monitoring tools, check out this guide.


Before we begin, ensure that you have the following installed and running:

1. Grafana (version 7.1.0 or later)

2. OpenSearch (version 1.0.0 or later)

Step 1: Install the OpenSearch Data Source Plugin

To integrate Grafana with OpenSearch, you need to install the OpenSearch data source plugin. Follow these steps to install the plugin:

3. Navigate to the Grafana plugins directory:

   cd /var/lib/grafana/plugins

4. Download the OpenSearch data source plugin:

   git clone https://github.com/grafana/grafana-plugin-template-opensearch.git

5. Restart Grafana to load the plugin:

   sudo systemctl restart grafana-server

Step 2: Configure the OpenSearch Data Source in Grafana

After installing the plugin, you need to configure the OpenSearch data source in Grafana. Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Grafana instance and navigate to the “Configuration” menu by clicking on the gear icon in the left sidebar.
  1. Click on “Data Sources” and then click on the “Add data source” button.
  1. Select “OpenSearch” from the list of available data sources.
  1. Enter the following information in the configuration form:
  • Name: A descriptive name for the data source.
  • URL: The URL of your OpenSearch cluster (e.g., http://localhost:9200).
  • Access: Choose “Server” to access OpenSearch directly from Grafana’s backend.
  • Basic Auth: Enable this option if your OpenSearch cluster requires authentication. Enter your OpenSearch username and password.
  1. Click on “Save & Test” to save the configuration and test the connection to the OpenSearch cluster. If successful, you will see a “Data source is working” message.

Step 3: Create a Grafana Dashboard

Now that you have configured the OpenSearch data source, you can create a dashboard to visualize your data. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “+” icon in the left sidebar and select “Dashboard.”
  1. Click on “Add new panel” to create a new visualization panel.
  1. In the panel editor, select the “OpenSearch” data source from the “Query” tab.
  1. Configure the query to fetch data from your OpenSearch index. You can use the query builder or switch to the “Lucene” query mode to write a custom query.
  1. Choose a visualization type from the “Visualization” tab. Grafana supports various visualization types, such as graphs, gauges, tables, and heatmaps.
  1. Customize the visualization settings, such as colors, thresholds, and axes, to suit your requirements.
  1. Click on “Apply” to save the panel configuration and return to the dashboard.
  1. Repeat steps 2-7 to add more panels to your dashboard.
  1. Click on the “Save” button in the top-right corner to save your dashboard.

Step 4: Share and Manage Your Dashboard

Once you have created your Grafana OpenSearch dashboard, you can share it with your team, set up alerts, and manage its permissions. Here are some useful features:

  1. Share: Click on the “Share” button in the top-right corner to generate a link or embed code for your dashboard.
  1. Alerts: Create alert rules for your panels to receive notifications when specific conditions are met.
  1. Permissions: Control who can view, edit, or administer your dashboard by configuring its permissions.


Integrating Grafana with OpenSearch allows you to create powerful, interactive dashboards to visualize and analyze your data. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily set up a Grafana OpenSearch dashboard and customize it to suit your needs. With the ability to share your dashboard, set up alerts, and manage permissions, Grafana becomes an invaluable tool for monitoring and understanding your OpenSearch data.