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Install Grafana on EC2 and start with an AutoStart for Monitoring

Narendiran Krishnan Published on : 05 May 2021

So Grafana is an awesome tool that helps you Query, Visualize and create alerts on those visualizations. End users can create complex monitoring dashboards using interactive query builders. In this blog, we will install it in the AWS EC2 Instance. But the way to install it in a different cloud VM is similar as only the name alone differs as shown below.

Grafana Features:

It’s an open-source tool and so it does have a great community as we can post any kinda questions and the random guy on the internet will definitely answer those questions as soon as possible. 

Moreover, it supports all the major databases in the same dashboard.

Based on my personal experience this works well with the time-series database. I found it more helpful.

Steps to install Grafana in EC2 Instance:

Create an EC2 instance with ubuntu / Linux OS

Configure the Security Groups

Install Grafana

Adding Grafana to APT Repository 

Start and add AutoStart to Grafana

Logging into Grafana Dashboard

Step 1: Create an EC2 Instance 

You can create an EC2 Instance with Ubuntu and grab whatever is free as I did that only. 

Step 2: Configure Security Groups

Create a security group with open 22 and 3000 port. 

22     port →  ssh access

3000 port →  Access to the Grafana dashboard via a web browser

Step 3: Install Grafana

Always make sure to get the latest version. You can verify that from the following link given below,

Download grafana link:


sudo apt-get install -y adduser libfontconfig1

sudo wget

sudo dpkg -i grafana_7.5.5_amd64.deb

Step 4: Adding the Grafana sources to our APT Repository

Note: APT Repository → It’s a collection of deb packages with metadata that is readable by the apt-* family of tools, namely, apt-get. Having the APT Repository will let you perform the package install, removal, upgrade etc (End of Thinking Capacity)…!

we need to modify our /etc/apt/sources.list file by adding a line to the bottom of it.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Scroll down all the way to the bottom using your down-arrow key.

Add the following line at the bottom:

deb stretch main


Now we need to add the Package Cloud key. This allows us to install signed packages.

curl | sudo apt-key add –

Once you’re done with this we gotta update and verify it once again just to ensure that everything we did went well. 

sudo apt-get update


Step 5: Starting the Grafana Server and adding it to Autostart

Starting Grafana is kinda simple just start the services as shown below

sudo service grafana-server start

Now we are going to add it to autostart, run:

sudo update-rc.d grafana-server defaults

sudo systemctl enable grafana-server.service


Alright, now it’s time to visualize the output …!!!

Logging in to Grafana 

Open up your Web Browser and enter the IP of your server followed by port 3000, like 

http://<you IP address>:3000  

You should then be greeted by the Grafana Login Window.



User  Name: admin

Password:    admin

Once you enter the details you will be prompted to change the User Name and Password, so do it according to your wish


After this, you will finally visualize the Grafana Dashboard.



Written by: Narendiran Krishnan

AI blogger. Inspiring & working towards a better future through technology & Artificial Intelligence with Hands-on experience in Cloud stacks like --> Azure, AWS, IBM, Open Stack and worked with Terraform for automation of Cloud Infrastructure as a service. Deep Reinforcement Learning (Unity, did TensorFlow code migration), Synthetic Data (Unity), and RASA Chatbot... Join me in the quest.

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