Installing Grafana for Nginx Server Monitoring

Tutorial: Installing Grafana for Nginx Server Monitoring

In this tutorial, we'll guide you through the process of installing Grafana on a Debian 12 server, setting up a dashboard, and configuring a database to monitor statistics from an Nginx server.


  • Debian 12 server
  • Basic Linux knowledge

Step 1: Installing Grafana

Install the prerequisite packages:

1sudo apt update
2sudo apt install -y apt-transport-https software-properties-common wget

Import the GPG key:

1sudo mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings/
2wget -q -O - | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /etc/apt/keyrings/grafana.gpg > /dev/null

To add a repository for stable releases, run the following command:

1echo "deb [signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/grafana.gpg] stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/grafana.list

Updating the package list and installing Grafana using the APT package manager:

1sudo apt update
2sudo apt install grafana

Step 2: Starting and Enabling Grafana

Start the Grafana service and enable it to ensure it starts automatically on boot:

1sudo systemctl start grafana-server
2sudo systemctl enable grafana-server

Step 3: Accessing the Grafana Dashboard

Open a web browser and access the Grafana dashboard by using your server's IP address or hostname and the default Grafana port, 3000 (e.g., http://server-ip:3000). Log in with the default credentials:

  • Username: admin
  • Password: admin

You'll be prompted to change the password. Make sure to use a secure password.

Step 4: Configuring the Database

After logging into Grafana, you'll need to configure a data source to retrieve and display data. In this example, we'll use InfluxDB as the database for Nginx statistics. Click on "Configuration" in the left menu, select "Data Sources," and then click "Add data source." Choose "InfluxDB" and configure the connection details according to your environment.

Step 5: Setting Up a Dashboard

Create a dashboard to display Nginx statistics. Click on the "+" icon in the left menu and select "Dashboard." Add a panel and choose the data source you created earlier (InfluxDB).

Step 6: Monitoring Nginx Statistics

To monitor Nginx statistics, you'll need to create queries in Grafana and display the results in panels. This may require some customization depending on the statistics you want to view. You can monitor metrics such as requests per second, response times, status codes, and more.

Step 7: Summary

In this tutorial, we've installed Grafana on a Debian 12 server, set up a dashboard, and configured a database to monitor statistics from an Nginx server. You can add more panels and customize the statistics to meet your specific requirements.

Grafana provides a powerful way to create data visualizations and monitoring dashboards. Use this tool to gain valuable insights into your server's performance and statistics.