Query management in Explore

To help with debugging queries, Explore allows you to investigate query requests and responses, as well as query statistics, via the Query inspector. This functionality is similar to the panel inspector tasks Inspect query performance and Inspect query request and response data.

Screenshot of the query inspector button in Explore

Query history

Query history is a list of queries that you used in Explore. The history is stored in the FojiSoft database, and it is not shared with other users. The retention period for queries in history is two weeks. Queries older than two weeks are automatically deleted. To open and interact with your history, click the Query history button in Explore.

Note: Starred queries are not subject to the two weeks retention period and they are not deleted. 

View query history

Query history lets you view the history of your querying. For each individual query, you can:

  • Run a query.
  • Create     and/or edit a comment.
  • Copy     a query to the clipboard.
  • Copy     a shortened link with the query to the clipboard.
  • Star     a query.

Manage favorite queries

All queries that have been starred in the Query history tab are displayed in the Starred. This allows you to access your favorite queries faster and to reuse these queries without typing them from scratch.

Sort query history

By default, query history shows you the most recent queries. You can sort your history by date or by data source name in ascending or descending order.

  1. Click the Sort queries by field.
  2. Select one of the following options:
  • Newest      first
  • Oldest      first

Filter query history

Filter query history in Query history and Starred tab by data source name:

  1. Click     the Filter queries for specific data source(s) field.
  2. Select     the data source for which you would like to filter your history. You can     select multiple data sources.

In Query history tab it is also possible to filter queries by date using the slider:

  • Use vertical slider to filter     queries by date.
  • By     dragging top handle, adjust start date.
  • By     dragging top handle, adjust end date.

Search in query history

You can search in your history across queries and your comments. Search is possible for queries in the Query history tab and Starred tab.

  1. Click     the Search queries field.
  2. Type     the term you are searching for into search field.


Query history settings

You can customize the query history in the Settings tab. Options are described in the table below.


Default value

Change the default active tab

Query history tab

Note: Query history settings are global, and applied to both panels in split mode.


Prometheus-specific Features

The first version of Explore features a custom querying experience for Prometheus. When a query is executed, it executes two queries, a normal Prometheus query for the graph and an Instant Query for the table. An Instant Query returns the last value for each time series which shows a good summary of the data shown in the graph.

Metrics explorer

On the left side of the query field, click Metrics to open the Metric Explorer. This shows a hierarchical menu with metrics grouped by their prefix. For example, all Alert manager metrics are grouped under the alert manager prefix. This is a good starting point if you just want to explore which metrics are available.

Screenshot of the new Explore option in the panel menu

Query field

The Query field supports autocomplete for metric names and functions, comparable to the standard Prometheus query editor. Press the Enter key to create a new line and Shift+Enter to execute a query.

The autocomplete menu can be triggered by pressing Ctrl+Space. The Auto completemenu contains a new History section with a list of recently executed queries.

Suggestions can appear under the query field - click on them to update your query with the suggested change.

  • For counters (monotonically     increasing metrics), a rate function will be suggested.
  • For     buckets, a histogram function will be suggested.
  • For     recording rules, possible to expand the rules.


Table filters

Click on the filter button in the “label” column of a Table panel to add filters to the query expression. You can add filters for multiple queries as well - the filter is added for all the queries.