Telegraf, Influxdb and Grafana (TIG) Installation.

This article will help you to set up the Grafana monitoring tool. Here Grafana will use the InfluxDB database for storing user credential and login details and Telegraf agent for collecting metrics from each node.

System specification:

OS: ubuntu



To resolve the domain add the IP address and hostname in /etc/hosts file. Once done you could able to ping the hostname from the terminal.

root@mygrafana:~# cat /etc/hosts localhost

Telegraf installation:

Add Telegraf repository for apt-get source. Please note Telegraf and Influxdb is developed by the same organization, so we can use the same repo for both tools.

:~# wget -qO- | apt-key add -    
   OK :~# source /etc/lsb-release 
:~#echo "deb${DISTRIB_ID,,} ${DISTRIB_CODENAME} stable" |sudo  tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/influxdb.list
 deb bionic stable

Install Telegraf

root@mygrafana:~# apt-get update && apt-get -y install telegraf

Start and enable telegraf.

root@mygrafana:~# systemctl start telegraf
root@mygrafana:~# systemctl enable telegraf
root@mygrafana:~# systemctl status telegraf
 telegraf.service - The plugin-driven server agent for reporting metrics into InfluxDB
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/telegraf.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Tue 2019-09-10 06:27:38 UTC; 2min 14s ago
 Main PID: 2336 (telegraf)

Influxdb Installation:

root@mygrafana:~# apt-get update && apt-get -y install influxdb

Also, to enable basic authentication, uncomment “auth-enabled” line from the configuration file.

sed -i ‘s/#.*auth-enabled.*=.*/auth-enabled = true/g’ /etc/influxdb/influxdb.conf

Start and enable influxdb

root@mygrafana:~# systemctl start influxdb
root@mygrafana:~# systemctl enable influxdb
root@mygrafana:~# systemctl status influxdb
 influxdb.service - InfluxDB is an open-source, distributed, time series database
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/influxdb.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Tue 2019-09-10 06:33:51 UTC; 32s ago

Once the influxdb is installed we have to create a database and user. For this login to the Influxdb terminal and execute the below queries.

root@mygrafana:~# influx 
Connected to http://localhost:8086 version 1.7.8
InfluxDB shell version: 1.7.8
> create database telegraf;
> create user telegraf with password 'telePASS'

Make sure that the created the database and user exist. For this execute below command in influxdb terminal. Enter the “exit” command to exit influxDB.


Restart influxdb service to confirm that the changes are added.

Grafana Installation:

Add the apt-get repository and install the package.

:~# echo "deb stable main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/grafana.list
deb stable main
:~# curl | apt-key add -
:~# apt-get update && apt-get -y install grafana

After installation starts and enables the service.

root@mygrafana:~# systemctl daemon-reload
root@mygrafana:~# systemctl start grafana-server
root@mygrafana:~# systemctl enable grafana-server.service
root@mygrafana:~# systemctl status grafana-server
 grafana-server.service - Grafana instance
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/grafana-server.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Tue 2019-09-10 06:57:07 UTC; 6s ago

We have completed the installation, next to access the Grafana dashboard access server IP address or hostname on the browser. Make sure that you have added the port 3000 (Grafana) in the Ubuntu firewall.


Enter the default username (admin) and password (admin), then we get an option to change the password. Create a new password to login to the dashboard. From the home dashboard, we can configure a data source. Click on “data source” and search for Influxdb.

Select Influxdb as a data source from the search result and configure it as follows.


Save and test. If everything is correct you will get a “Data source working” message.

Next, we have to configure a Dashboard, The dashboard contains all metrics which we can monitor. The dashboard can be added in two ways. One is creating a JSON file and another is by adding Grafana dashboard template ID. Here I am using the template ID method to create a dashboard.

Click on “+” on the left side panel and select import, paste dashboard ID in the first column. Here I am using  “Telegraf – System metrics” for creating my dashboard and the ID is  5955.


Once you entered the ID it is automatically redirected to the dashboard setup page.



I renamed the page as “Server Status Page” and selected influxdb. Click the “Import” button to continue.

On the next screen, our beautiful dashboard is loading with system metrics like (CPU, Memory, Disk usage, etc)


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