Splunk® Dashboards App

Splunk Dashboards app (beta) for Enterprise and Cloud

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How to format JSON stanzas

Every object in your dashboard definition is in the format of a JSON-formatted stanza. Data sources, visualizations, inputs, defaults, and the layout all have similar hierarchies, but also some differences.

For example, you can give your data source stanza a name, separate from the unique ID, using the name property or give a visualization a title using the title property.

Using stanza punctuation

There are a few common rules that all JSON code follows. These are the following:

  • When setting options in the options property, boolean values and numbers do not require quotes.
  • Strings, such as plain text and hex color codes, must be wrapped in quotes.
  • Commas must come at the end of the line after each option entry except the last.
  • The list of options you use must be enclosed in curly braces followed by a comma.
  • Commas must separate each stanza in a section except for the last. For example, if there are three visualization stanzas in the visualization section of a dashboard definition, each stanza is separated by a comma after the last closing curly bracket, with the exception of the last visualization.
  • Commas must separate each property setting except the last.

If you get formatting error messages, it might be helpful to use one of the many JSON formatting websites to check your code to identify the error

In the following example of a data source section, the stanza has the unique ID of "search_1". Two "queryParameters"options are used, set to "earliest" and "latest", as well as two properties, "refresh" set to "10s", and "refreshType" set to "delay". The trailing comma assumes there is another data source stanza following the one in the example.

To learn more about data source options and settings, see Data source options and properties.

To learn more about visualization-specific options and properties, see the section for the specific visualization you want to access.

	"dataSources": {
		"search_1": {
			"type": "ds.search",
                        "name": "my search",
			"options": {
				"queryParameters": {
					"earliest": "$TimeRange.earliest$",
					"latest": "$TimeRange.latest$"
				"query": "index=_internal | top limit=100 sourcetype | eval percent = round(percent,2)"
			"refreshType": "delay",
			"refresh": "10s"

Access source code in the visual editor

You can modify the source code of a visualization or data source in the visual editor by selecting the visualization or search and opening the code window in the Configuration panel. The changes you make will instantly affect the visualization or data source you're working with. For example:

The code panel in the visual editor.

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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Dashboards App: 0.8.0, 0.9.0

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