User Interface

PMM’s user interface is a browser application based on Grafana. This page explains how to log in, how the user interface is laid out, and what the controls do.

Logging in

  1. Start a web browser and in the address bar enter the server name or IP address of the PMM server host.
  2. The page loads showing the PMM login screen.

  3. Enter the username and password given to you by your system administrator. The defaults are:

    • Username: admin
    • Password: admin
  4. Click Log in
  5. If this is your first time logging in, you’ll be asked to set a new password. (We recommend you do.) Enter a new password in both fields and click Submit. You can click Skip to carry on with the default password.
  6. The PMM Home dashboard loads.

    PMM Home dashboard


The interface is a collection of web pages called dashboards.

Dashboards are grouped into folders. You can customize these, by renaming them or creating new ones.

The area inside dashboards is populated by panels. Some are in collapsible panel groups. A panel can show a value, a graph, a chart, or a visual representation of a set.


These menus and controls appear on all dashboards:

  1. Main menu (also Grafana menu, side menu)
  2. Navigation bar
  3. View controls
  4. View selectors (dynamic contents)
  5. Shortcut menu (dynamic contents)

(For details see UI Components.)

Search for a dashboard by name

There are two ways to open the dashboard search page. (Each takes you to the same search screen.)

  • Click the icon in the main menu.
  • Click the dashboard name in the navigation bar (top row, to the right of the icon). (To search within the current folder, click the folder name instead of the dashboard name.)

Search dashboards by name

  1. Click Search dashboards by name and begin typing any part of the dashboard name (in this example, “Instances”). Search dashboards by name

  2. Click one of the search results to go to that dashboard. Change the search text to refine the list.

  3. To abandon the search, click the icon at the end of the search bar.

Open a dashboard with the menu

In the main menu, the PMM Dashboards icon reveals a submenu containing links to all PMM dashboards grouped by service type. (This menu will eventually replace the shortcut menu which has links to commonly-used dashboards.


Charts, graphs and set-based panels reveal extra information when the mouse is moved over them.

Some panels have an information icon in the top left corner. Mouse over this to reveal panel information.

Panel menu

At the top of each panel and to the right of the panel name is the panel menu.


Tip The menu is hidden until you mouse over it. Look for the symbol in the title bar of a panel.

Item Description
View Open the panel in full window mode
Share Render the panel’s image for sharing
Explore Run PromQL queries
Inspect See the panel’s data or definition
More (Only charts and graphs) Additional options


The View menu items opens panels in full-window mode. This is useful for graphs with several metrics.

Exit a panel’s full window mode by pressing Escape or clicking the left arrow next to the dashboard name.

See also

  • Page updated 2021-04-16


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