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Create a New Dashboard (Beta)

Learn how to create your own custom Dashboard with a panel and query, then customize a chart and add the chart to the dashboard.

This page demonstrates how to create a new Dashboard (Beta), add a query, customize a chart, and then add the chart to the dashboard. You create your new Dashboard (Beta) by selecting template options from menus and drop-downs.

The Sumo Logic Dashboard (Beta) framework allows you to view logs and metrics data on the same dashboard in an integrated and seamless view. This gives you the same control over how your metrics and log data are visualized. Dashboard (Beta) template capabilities provide for easier data scoping and intuitive chart creation.

Step 1. Starting a New Dashboard (Beta)

In this step, you create a new Dashboard (Beta), to which you will add panels and customize charts in later steps.

To create a new Dashboard (Beta), do the following:

  1. Log in to Sumo Logic.
  2. On the Home page, click + New.


  1. Select Dashboard from the drop-down list.


  1. Select the Dashboard text field and enter a unique name for your new dashboard.


Step 2. Adding a panel  

Now that you've created a new Dashboard (Beta), you can populate it with panels that visually display your data. This task shows you how to add a panel to your new dashboard and customize the display.

To add a panel to a new Dashboard (Beta), do the following:

  1. In the upper right corner of the new dashboard, click Add Panel.


  1. Select the chart style in which to display your metrics. The Chart Builder window appears, and you are prompted to write a query. For information on how to write a search query, see Write Efficient Search Queries.

Step 3. Adding a metrics query to the panel

Sumo Logic Dashboard (Beta) provides intuitive template selections that you can use to create structured queries. You should be familiar with the basics for creating metrics queries and alerts to ensure successful results. This section shows you how to create a metrics query with Dashboard (Beta) with template selections.

To create a structured metrics query in a New Dashboard, do the following:

  1. In the Metrics query menu bar at the top of the window, click inside the From field and make a selection from the drop-down list. Matching values appear


  1. Click inside the get metric field and make a selection from the valid options that appear in the drop-down list. 
  2. Optional: Select an aggregation type from the drop-down list.
  3. Optional: Change the default time interval of 15 minutes by doing one of the following:
  • Clicking inside the Time field and selecting another Relative value from the drop-down list. 


  • Choosing a Recent value from the drop-down list.
  • Clicking Custom and specify the start and end dates and times on the calendar dialog, then click Apply.


  1. Select options for the other query fields, as appropriate. The results automatically display in the pane above, and are shown in the chart format you specified in Step 2. Add a panel.
  2. Optional: Convert the query row into the standard full text view, by clicking the </> symbol, then press Enter to display the graph.


  1. Optional: Create another query row by clicking the + duplicate symbol, then make the appropriate selections.

Step 4. Customizing a chart

In this section, you learn how to modify and customize the chart you created with your metrics query in Step 3

To customize a chart, do the following:

  1. Beneath the structured query bar, click Chart


A chart for the query appears in the window below, displayed in the format you chose when you added the panel in step 2.

  1. In the far right menu bar, click the General icon.


  1. In the Panel Details dialog, enter a new name for the chart, if desired, change the font size for the Title by clicking the Up and Down arrows, and enter a description for the chart.


  1. Click the Display icon in the far right menu bar to modify the look and feel of the chart.


  1. Specify the following options, as desired:
  • Chart Type. Choose a style from the drop-down list.
  • Statistic Type. Choose Average, Count, Minimum, Maximum, Sum, or Latest.
  • Format. Choose a Color Palette, Fill Opacity, Inner Radius (in pixels), Line Type, Maximum Number of Slices, and Start Angle.

The results for your selections appear immediately in the window on the left.


  1. Click the Legend icon to customize the legend for the chart, and specify new values for the Legend options as desired.


  1. Click the JSON icon to view and modify the query in JSON format, then Update Preview or Copy To Clipboard.


  1. Click Apply in the upper right corner of the window to save your chart customizations.


The custom panel appears on the dashboard.


Step 5. Saving the new Dashboard (Beta)

When you are happy with your new Dashboard (Beta), you can save the dashboard under a unique name.

To save your Dashboard (Beta), do the following:

  1. Optional: To change the name of the dashboard, click inside the dashboard name field in the upper left of the window and enter a new name.


  1. To save the dashboard, click the Details icon in the upper right corner of the window, and select Save As from the drop-down list.