How To Install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.  For those of you who didn’t know, Grafana is an open-source data visualization and tracking suite. It offers support for Graphite, Elasticsearch, Included, Prometheus, and a lot more databases. The application gives a beautiful dashboard and metric analytics, with the capability to control and create your own dashboard to your own apps or infrastructure performance monitoring.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04.

Add Grafana GPG key which allows you to install signed packages:

sudo apt-get install -y gnupg2 curl software-properties-common
curl | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "deb stable main"

Once the repository is added, proceed to update your apt repositories and install Grafana:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install grafana

Next, once successfully installed, use systemctl to start the Grafana server:

sudo systemctl enable --now grafana-server
sudo systemctl start grafana-server

Step 3. Configure Firewall.

Grafana default HTTP port is 3000, you’ll need to allow access to this port on the firewall:

sudo ufw enable
sudo ufw allow 3000/tcp

Step 4. Accessing Grafana Web Interface.

Grafana will be available on HTTP port 3000 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://my-ip-address:3000 and complete the required steps to finish the installation. Enter your admin credentials (username and password) for Grafana, in this case, use “admin” in both cases, then press the login.

Install Grafana on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Grafana. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Grafana monitoring tool on your Ubuntu 18.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Grafana website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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