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Harvest can be used to import dashboards to Grafana.

The bin/harvest grafana utility requires the address (hostname or IP), port of the Grafana server, and a Grafana API token. The port can be omitted if Grafana is configured to redirect the URL. Use the -d flag to point to the directory that contains the dashboards.

Grafana API token

The utility tool asks for an API token which can be generated from the Grafana web-gui.

Grafana API

Click on Configuration in the left menu bar (1), click on API Keys (2) and click on the New API Key button. Choose a Key name (3), choose Editor for role (4) and click on add (5). Copy the generated key and paste it in your terminal or add the token to the Tools section of your configuration file. (see below)

For example, let's say your Grafana server is on http://my.grafana.server:3000 and you want to import the Prometheus-based dashboards from the grafana directory. You would run this:

$ bin/harvest grafana import --addr my.grafana.server:3000

Similarly, to export:

$ bin/harvest grafana export --addr my.grafana.server:3000 --directory /path/to/export/directory --serverfolder grafanaFolderName

By default, the dashboards are connected to the Prometheus datasource defined in Grafana. If your datasource has a different name, use the --datasource flag during import/export.


The bin/harvest grafana tool includes CLI help when passing the --help command line argument flag like so:

bin/harvest grafana import --help

The labels argument requires more explanation.


The grafana import --labels argument goes hand-in-hand with a poller's Labels section described here. Labels are used to add additional key-value pairs to a poller's metrics.

When you run bin/harvest grafana import, you may optionally pass a set of labels like so:

bin/harvest grafana import --labels org --labels dept

This will cause Harvest to do the following for each dashboard: 1. Parse each dashboard and add a new variable for each label passed on the command line 2. Modify each dashboard variable to use the new label variable(s) in a chained query.

Here's an example:

bin/harvest grafana import --labels "org,dept"

This will add the Org and Dept variables, as shown below, and modify the existing variables as shown.

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Import Labels