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Questions / Limitations on Data Explorer


We run on a managed cluster and recently upgraded to 1.202, which includes the Data Explorer tile.
We use the old timeseries v1 api to ingest custom metrics and display them in realtime on a dashboard. When trying to replicate the functionality of displaying timerseries data we have already existing on these dashboards with the new Data Explorer and metrics v2, we run in to a couple of issues, can anyone advise if I'm doing it wrong, or address if these are known issues and will be resolved in a future release?

List of issues:

  • When inputting values to the filter by tile, it does not offer autocomplete options.
  • When inputting values to the filter by box, if there is a space in the name, the string must be encapsulated in quotes which is inconsistent with the rest of the tool.
  • When selecting visulisations which include colour, the colour is not selectable (eg , Top List). A scheme is available but doesnt allow you to specify a colour like you can in custom chart.
  • Can't change the name of the chart via the GUI. The tile will always be called "Data Explorer" unless you change it via the JSON. This is unfriendly to users who aren't comfortable with the JSON file under Advanced Settings, and is not intuitive.
  • Custom Timeframes are not settable, even when setting in the JSON the custom timeframes are ignored.
  • And just to nitpick! Will there be a new GUI option to access the Data explorer other than pressing "Try it out" on create custom chart, as it is not very intuitive.

DynaMight Legend
DynaMight Legend

This is great feedback, I know Dynatrace is working on some improvements but I'm not sure what the time is for the updates to it. I thought there was a feedback channel for this, but I cannot find it any more


DynaMight Legend
DynaMight Legend

The data explorer (upcoming replacement of custom chart) made huge progress from the 1.202 (first publicly available version). Many of the issues you describe have been already addressed in recent versions (1.207/1.206). Just upgrade you managed cluster to version available ( you can't skip the upgrades anyway ).

Certified Dynatrace Master | Alanata a.s., Slovakia, Dynatrace Master Partner


Hello @Chad T..

We found additional bug .

when we use a widget Data Explorer on a dashboard, and then we share this dashboard with a user without authorization, then the user does not have data for this widget.

We use

1. my dashboard

2. Shared dashboard

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