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A Guide to Install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04. We shall install Grafana Enterprise  and Open Source CLI version 7.3.0.

Grafana is open source visualization and analytics software. It allows you to query, visualize, alert on, and explore your metrics no matter where they are stored. In plain English, it provides you with tools to turn your time-series database (TSDB) data into beautiful graphs and visualizations.


By default, Grafana installs with and uses SQLite, which is an embedded database stored in the Grafana installation location.

Let’s get started with the installation process.

Install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1 – Keep the server up to date

# apt update -y

# apt upgrade -y

Step 2 – Install required package and add GPG key

# apt-get install apt-transport-https -y

# wget -q -O – | sudo apt-key add –

Step 3 – Add this repository for stable releases

Latest Enterprise edition

# echo “deb stable main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/grafana.list

Latest OSS release

# echo “deb stable main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/grafana.list

Step 4 – Install Grafana Enterprise

After you add the repository first update the server and install the Grafana Enterprise.

# apt-get update -y
# apt-get install grafana-enterprise -y

To install OSS release:

# apt-get update -y

# apt-get install grafana -y

To start and enable the service and verify that the service has started: grafana-server.service.

# systemctl start grafana-server.service
# systemctl status grafana-server.service
# systemctl enable grafana-server.service

Package details

  • Default file (environment vars) to /etc/default/grafana-server
  • Configuration file to /etc/grafana/grafana.ini
  • systemd service (if systemd is available) name grafana-server.service
  • The default configuration sets the log file at /var/log/grafana/grafana.log
  • The default configuration specifies a SQLite3 db at /var/lib/grafana/grafana.db
  • HTML/JS/CSS and other Grafana files at /usr/share/grafana

Step 5 – Log in into dashboard

To log in to Grafana for the first time:

  • Open your web browser and go to http://localhost:3000/. The default HTTP port that Grafana listens to is 3000 unless you have configured a different port.
  • On the login page, enter admin for username and password.
  • Click Log In. If login is successful, then you will see a prompt to change the password.
  • Click OK on the prompt, then change your password.

A Guide to Install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04

The installation is completed successfully.

In this tutorial, you have learnt how to install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04.

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