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The Best Tools for Exporting data from Grafana

As a tool for visualizing data for time series databases, Logging & document databases, SQL, and Cloud, Grafana is a perfect choice. Its UI interface allows creating a dashboard and visualizations in minutes and analyzing the data with its help.

Despite having tons of visualizations, the open-source version of Grafana does not have advanced reporting capability. Automating the export of data into CSV, Excel, or PDF requires additional plugins.

We wrote an honest and unbiased review of the following tools that are available for exporting data directly from Grafana.

  1. Grafana Data Exporter
  2. Skedler Reports
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1. Grafana Data Exporter


Server for fetching data from Grafana data sources. You would use it:

  • To export your metrics on a big range
  • To migrate from one data source to another

Runtime requirements

  • Linux.
  • Docker


  • grafana-data-exporter for fetching data from Grafana data sources.
  • Simple-JSON-data source for progress tracking.
  • grafana-data-exporter-panel for exporting metrics from the dashboard.
  • Import exporting template dashboard at http://<YOUR_GRAFANA_URL>/dashboard/import.

Pros of Grafana Data Exporter

  • Faster writing of documents
  • Added as a Grafana panel

Cons of Grafana Data Exporter

  • To automate the exporting of data on a periodic basis, you need to write your own cron job
  • Grafana Data Exporter installation is a bit tricky for non-technical users

2. Skedler Reports


Disclosure: Skedler Reports is one of our products.

Skedler offers a simple and easy-to-add reporting and alerting solution for Elastic Stack and Grafana. There is also a plugin for Kibana that is easy to install and use with the Elasticsearch data. It’s called Skedler Reports as Kibana Plugin.

Pros of Skedler Reports

  • Simple to install, configure, and use
  • Send HTML, PDF, XLS, and CSV reports on-demand or periodically via email or #slack
  • Report setup takes less than 5 minutes
  • Easy to use, no coding required

Cons of Skedler Reports

  • It requires a paid license which includes software and enterprise support
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What tools do you use? 

Do you have to regularly export data from Grafana for external analysis or reporting purposes?  Do you use any other third-party tools? Email us about the tool at hello at skedler.com.

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