Link Search Menu Expand Document

Running Grafana on Ubuntu and Nginx proxy_pass

Table of contents


  1. Fundamental understanding How Nginx works.
  2. Basic setup on Ubuntu image follow LEMP steps, configure only UFW and Nginx.
  3. A domain to host Grafana dashboard

Step 1 - Install Grafana

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb stable main"
sudo apt update
apt-cache policy grafana
    # outputs the version of Grafana that you are about to install, and where you will retrieve the package from
    # Look like this: 
    # grafana:
    #     Installed: (none)
    #     Candidate: 6.3.3
    # Version table:
    #     6.3.3 500
    #         500 stable/main amd64 Packages

sudo apt install grafana
sudo systemctl start grafana-server
sudo systemctl status grafana-server

sudo systemctl enable grafana-server

Step 2 - Nginx Reverse Proxy

Create nginx.conf file for the hostname

server {
        listen 80;
        root /var/www/html;
        index index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;

        location / {
                proxy_pass http://localhost:3000;
                proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
                    # Set header will stop `Origin not allow` error, commonly for version 8.3.5

Step 3 - Install SSL certificate

sudo certbot --nginx -d
sudo certbot renew --dry-run 
    # to auto renew SSL 

Step 4 - Login to Grafana dashboard

First time loader, enter admin for both username and password Change password as needed

Step 5 - Disable Grafana Registrations and Anonymous Access

run sudo vim /etc/grafana/grafana.ini

Look for below lines, remove ; to activate the configuration.

    # disable user signup / registration
allow_sign_up = false

    # enable anonymous access
enabled = false

Restart the server:

sudo systemctl restart grafana-server
sudo systemctl status grafana-server

Protect Grafana with Cloudflared tunnel

Close off unnecessary ports to the public internet. Follow steps on How to protect Grafana with Cloudflared tunnel.