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Developing Redis Data Source

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Developing Redis Data Source involves setting up the development environment (which can be either Linux-based or macOS-based), building and running tests.

Install Grafana

Grafana can be started in Docker or installed locally:

Clone repository

git clone



npm install yarn -g
  • Install dependencies
yarn install
  • Build frontend components
yarn build


  • Install Golang for your platform
yum install go
go get -u
  • Install Mage (make-like build tool using Go)
git clone
cd mage
go run bootstrap.go
  • Build backend binaries for Linux, Windows and MacOS for supported platforms
yarn build:backend

Start Grafana


Docker Compose should be pre-installed following documentation.

yarn start:dev

Move distribution to Grafana's plugins/ folder

mv dist/ /var/lib/grafana/plugins/redis-datasource

Add redis-datasource to allowed unsigned plugins

vi /etc/grafana/grafana.ini
;enable_alpha = false
;app_tls_skip_verify_insecure = false
# Enter a comma-separated list of plugin identifiers to identify plugins that are allowed to be loaded even if they lack a valid signature.
allow_loading_unsigned_plugins = redis-datasource

Restart Grafana and verify that plugin registered

tail -100 /var/log/grafana/grafana.log
t=2020-07-01T06:03:38+0000 lvl=info msg="Starting plugin search" logger=plugins
t=2020-07-01T06:03:38+0000 lvl=warn msg="Running an unsigned backend plugin" logger=plugins pluginID=redis-datasource pluginDir=/var/lib/grafana/plugins/redis-datasource
t=2020-07-01T06:03:38+0000 lvl=info msg="Registering plugin" logger=plugins name=redis-datasource
t=2020-07-01T06:03:38+0000 lvl=info msg="HTTP Server Listen" logger=http.server address=[::]:3000 protocol=http subUrl= socket=


The Redis Data Source Configuration page explains how to connect data source to Redis database.

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