Grafana + InfluxDB

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In order to monitor the HELIOS system, for example, the threshold, the tigger rate, the buffer size, etc. We monitor and save those data into a database managed by InfluxDB. The database is further read by Grafana for display.

For more information on InfluxDB and Grafana, see:

InfluxDB documentation


we move the database and grafana from HELIOSDB to MAC2017 from Jan, 2021

TODO List after restarted the MAC2017

1) open google chrome, login the grafana, put in the TV, make it full screen

2) open a terminal and type

helios_monitor start

this will open two xterm windows, one for capturing screenshot and push it to the web, another one is for globus.

in the globus xterm, login as [email protected] once login, start the globus by


the "globus connect" window will pop up and click the connect.

3) if recording the leakage current is needed check out Leakage Current from Iseg

to check the grafana and influxDB are running

brew services 

if the grafana and [email protected] are not running,

brew services restart grafana
brew services restart [email protected]

Present setting

Although the influxdb and grafana are moved to MAC2017, but the setting is the same.

setting for HELIOSDB (obsolete)

The data (e.g. trigger Rate, threshold, Buffer ) must be taking in digios1, the DAQ.

Since the DAQ is running on a 32-bit system. the influxDB is unstable.

The database was installed in heliosDB.onenet or heliosDB.

Thus, the data will be push to heliosDB.

To run the monitor program, login to the DAQ (digios1.onenet)

digios1$ Helios_Database Start

To stop the monitor program,

digios1$ Helios_Database Stop

Grafana was also installed in heliosDB.

To run Grafana, from any browser, within onenet, type


if no webpage found, probably the Grafana server is not started. To start the Grafana server

sudo service grafana-server start

Setup InfluxDB


to install

brew install [email protected]

it is important to use the 1.8.x version of the influxdb, unless someone update the whole DAQ for 2.X version.

to run the influxDB server

brew services start [email protected]

to restart the server

brew services restart [email protected]

to check is [email protected] running OK

brew services

64-bit linux

For 64bit-linux, the setup is straight forward.

For example, in Ubuntu-18.x, simply type

sudo apt-get install influxdb

The influxdb contains 2 main programs,

  1. influx, for interactive database operations
  2. influxd, a daemon run in background, for receiving query from port 8086

To run the influxd

sudo service influxdb start

Setup Grafana


brew install grafana
brew services start grafana

in case need to restart

brew services restart grafana


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grafana

Or see Grafana webpage, straight forward.

SSH Tunneling to mac2017 from outside

Since the Grafana is installed in mac2017 inside onenet. There is no simple way to check the Grafana from outside.

But we can use the ssh tunneling

ssh -L 9000:localhost:3000 -J <userName> [email protected]

This command let you port forwarding from mac2017:3000 to localhost:9000.

After typing this in terminal, use any browser, type http://localhost:9000

To push the Grafana screenshot to ANL web page

we store a screenshot in

A bash script in is coded to take the screenshot and push it to the webpage.


Edit login timeout

Grafana will logout user after 7 days. To change that, edit

linux :/etc/grafana/grafana.ini
Mac : /usr/local/etc/grafana/grafana.ini

under the section [auth]. change the

login_maximum_inactive_lifetime_days = 300
login_maximum_lifetime_days = 300
token_rotation_interval_minutes = 432000

and restart Grafana.

To use dramatic sound alarm for Grafana