How to Install Grafana on Windows?


Grafana is a powerful and popular open-source data visualization tool used to create stunning dashboards for monitoring, analyzing, and visualizing various metrics and time-series data. While it is commonly deployed on Linux servers, installing Grafana on Windows can be equally beneficial for users who prefer the Windows operating system or have existing Windows-based infrastructures. In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing Grafana on a Windows machine, allowing you to harness the full potential of this versatile tool.


Before proceeding with the installation, ensure that you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • A Windows machine with administrative privileges.
  • Internet connectivity to download the required components.
  • Grafana installer package compatible with your system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).

Step 1. Download Grafana

To start the installation process, visit the official Grafana website and navigate to the Download Grafana section. Select the appropriate version for Windows, either 32-bit or 64-bit, depending on your system's architecture. Download the installer package to your machine.

Grafana download page

Step 2. Run the Installer

Once the download is complete, locate the downloaded Grafana installer package (usually a .msi file) and double-click on it to begin the installation process. Installer wizards walk you through the process.

Grafana installation

Step 3. Choose Installation Location

In the installation wizard, you will be prompted to choose the installation location for Grafana. The default location is usually suitable, but you can select a different folder if necessary. Click Next to proceed.

Grafana custom setup

Step 4. Select Components

In this step, you can choose which components you want to install along with Grafana. The typical installation includes Grafana Server and Grafana Web Interface. Leave the default selections unchanged and click Next.

Step 5. Start the Installation

The installer is now ready to start installing Grafana on your Windows machine. Review your selected options once again, and if everything looks good, click "Install" to begin the installation process.

Step 6. Complete the Installation

Once the installation process is complete, you will see a confirmation message indicating that Grafana has been successfully installed. Make sure to check the option to launch Grafana after installation and click "Finish."

Grafana enterprise setup

Step 7. Accessing Grafana Web Interface

Grafana Labs folder

Grafana is now installed on your Windows machine. Navigate to the selected path of Grafana.

Open Bin folder

And Click on grafana-server.exe

Grafana server file in folder

Grafana, access it by entering "http://localhost:3000" in your browser's address bar.

Its Windows service is installed as Grafana. You can check it on Services.

Run window


Step 8. Log in to Grafana

Upon accessing the Grafana web interface, you will be prompted to log in. The default username and password are usually "admin." 

Grafana Welcome screen

Once logged in, changing the default credentials to enhance security is highly recommended.

Grafana login screen

Step 9. Configuration and Dashboards

Welcome grafana

With Grafana installed, you can now configure data sources and create dashboards to visualize your data. Grafana supports a wide range of data sources, including popular databases, cloud services, and monitoring systems.

You can change the UI theme based on your preferences. I like the Light theme always. So update it from the Default preferences screen as below.

Admin grafana

To add a data source, navigate to "Configuration" > "Data Sources" in the Grafana web interface and follow the prompts to connect to your desired data source.

add new connection in grafana

In my next article write about Connecting a SQL Server Data Source to Grafana and Creating a Dashboard.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Grafana on your Windows machine. Grafana's intuitive web interface and robust visualization capabilities will empower you to create insightful and interactive dashboards for your metrics and time-series data.

With Grafana up and running on Windows, you can now explore its various features and create visualizations that help you monitor, analyze, and understand your data better. From system performance monitoring to business analytics, Grafana is a valuable tool for any data-driven organization, regardless of the operating system used. Happy dashboarding!

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