Generating a Pie Chart with Grafana and MS SQL – DEVELOPPARADISE
07/06/2018

Generating a Pie Chart with Grafana and MS SQL

I struggled with this, hope it helps someone.

In Grafana, if we base a visualization on an MS SQL query, and if we set Format as to Time series, for use in Graph panel for example, then the query must return a column named time.

This can make life difficult if we need to generate a chart, for example a Pie Chart, where we don’t have a need for the time-visualization as with a bar-chart, for example.

A way around this is to return an aggregate ‘time‘ column, like in the below:

SELECT sum(exceptionCounts.hasException), exceptionCounts.title as metric, _        count(exceptionCounts.time) as time FROM ( SELECT sessionnumber,          operationResult,          startdatetime as time   FROM  foobarDatabase.dbo.fullSessionLog   where operationResult like '%xception%'      AND $__timeFilter(customDateTimeStamp)   group by sessionnumber, operationResult ) as exceptionCounts group by exceptionCounts.title

In the above, we execute an inner query, which returns a timestamp. In the outer query we can then aggregate – ‘count‘ – the timestamp. And the Pie Chart should work.

It took me some time to figure that one out. Hope it helps!