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Data Manipulation Panel 3.4.0

Daria Volkova
Creative Director at Volkov Labs, Grafana Champion

We are happy to announce the release of the Data Manipulation Panel 3.4.0. This release includes the following updates:

  • Added a new parameter Synchronize with data in the Initial Request section.
  • Extended the Context parameter by adding EventBus and AppEvents.
  • Enabled replacing variables in Payload functions.
  • Ensured compatibility with Grafana 10.2.2 and upcoming 10.3.0.
Grafana Catalog

The plugin was updated in the Grafana Plugins catalog on December 15, 2023.

State of the Plugin

Downloads

The Grafana Community has downloaded the Data Manipulation plugin more than 175K times! We are happy to learn what goals this plugin helped you to achieve. Contact us with your use case to share with the rest of the world.

The Data Manipulation plugin downloads exceed 175K in 2023.
The Data Manipulation plugin downloads exceed 175K in 2023.

GitHub issues

Thanks to the active community members who do not stop to surprise us with incredible ideas for improvements. During the summer of 2023, this plugin had a record number of open issues. We keep battling that number and are proud to report that as of now there are only 3 outstanding issues left.

Keep asking and requesting, it is the best way to improve the plugin and keep it useful and relevant.

The Data Manipulation plugin open issues fluctuation.
The Data Manipulation plugin open issues fluctuation.

LIVE project

If you ever wondered where we take the downloads and other statistics, please check out our LIVE project. You can find general statistics about all our open source plugins, including release calendar, download number, and links to all related blog posts and YouTube videos. We created the LIVE project for internal use, but since many people found the presented information useful we made it open to anyone.

If you believe that some other statistical measures would add depth to the overview, contact us and we will consider modifying the existing dashboards.

Panel syncing for Initial Request

As you know, one of the basic Grafana dashboard parameters is the frequency of updates. In other words, admins/editors can set up how often the whole dashboard is going to be refreshed.

The frequency of a dashboard update can be set up in the top right corner.
The frequency of a dashboard update can be set up in the top right corner.

Some of the time frequencies might bring a challenge for a user trying to populate a Data Manipulation form. If the user does not hit the Submit button often enough then everything they entered is lost. With frequencies less than 3-5 minutes, the task the user faces is practically impossible.

To avoid user stress, we added a new parameter - Synchronize with data.

When it is Disabled, the Data Manipulation form is excluded from the frequency of update and the user can enter data in peace.

Synchronize with data is a new parameter in the Initial Request section.
Synchronize with data is a new parameter in the Initial Request section.

Context

Custom code allows you to access the panel's options, REST API responses, form elements, and various Grafana services. To keep the Data Manipulation plugin organized and simplify the search among the available options, we allowed to access them all under the context object.

Simply type context and get the list of everything available from the Data Manipulation arsenal.

Panel's options, REST API responses, form elements, and various Grafana services are now can be referenced from the Context parameter.
Panel's options, REST API responses, form elements, and various Grafana services are now can be referenced from the Context parameter.

Event Bus and App Events

Starting from this release, we added Event Bus and App Events into the Context object. For the complete list, please, reference the Data Manipulation plugin documentation.

Refresh all dashboard panels using EventBus with global scope called AppEvents:

context.grafana.appEvents.publish({
type: "variables-changed",
payload: { refreshAll: true },
});

or

context.grafana.refresh();

Variable in Payload functions

Starting from this release we enabled the usage of dashboard variables in the Initial and Update Payloads.

You can use dashboard variables in the Initial and Update Payloads.
You can use dashboard variables in the Initial and Update Payloads.

Getting Started

You can install the Data Manipulation Panel from the Grafana Plugins catalog or using the Grafana command line tool.

For the latter, please use the following command:

grafana-cli plugins install volkovlabs-form-panel

YouTube Tutorial

Data Manipulation Panel is a plugin for Grafana that allows you to insert and update application data, as well as modify configuration directly from your Grafana dashboard.

Use REST API, Data Source, and Queries to manipulate your data.

Release Notes

Features / Enhancements

  • Add ability to disable panel syncing (#298)
  • Update ESLint configuration and refactor (#299)
  • Update Collapse from @volkovlabs/components (#299)
  • Add EventBus and AppEvents to Context (#307)
  • Add replacing variables in Payload functions (#309)
  • Update to Grafana 10.2.2 and Volkov labs packages (#313)
  • Add options migration (#315)

Bugfixes

  • Fix draggable control to support upcoming Grafana changes (#314)

Feedback

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  • Ask a question, request a new feature, or report an issue at GitHub issues.
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