Introduction to chart builder

Access to this feature depends on your subscription level.

With New Relic One chart builder, you can run queries of your data to create custom charts and other visualizations. You can also build custom dashboards containing multiple charts.

To get to chart builder, go to and at the top of the page, select Query your data. You can build your chart specifying the data in an assisted mode or using NRQL.

Want to switch to New Relic One from Insights? See our transition guide.

Why it matters

Modern business systems are a complex maze of data-generating elements. You need an easy, solid way to fetch, analyze, and visualize the never-ending stream of data flowing from your daily working activities.

Use chart builder to:

  • Quickly access your data and build customized charts to learn and understand the health of your infrastructure, applications, and other services.
  • Add charts to your dashboards to obtain a complete real-time view of the state of your system.
  • Share your charts with colleagues or users in just two clicks.
  • Get acquainted with querying by using basic mode, then switch to advanced mode to refine your charts using NRQL.

Use chart builder: basic and advanced modes

Chart builder offers two methods for specifying the data you want to see in a chart: basic mode and advanced (NRQL) mode.

Basic mode

Basic mode doesn't require a query language, and so it's useful if you aren't familiar with NRQL or SQL. It's also a quick way to answer one-off questions, such as how many cities outside of the United States are accessing the shopping site for your company.

Example of data defined using basic mode > Chart builder > Basic mode Use basic mode to guide you through the process to specify data for a chart.

With basic mode you can:

  • Choose your data source. In basic mode, you start by selecting an event and then picking the attribute that corresponds to the information to show in your chart.
  • Specify (filter) the data for your chart. You can narrow the results and choose an attribute to facet by.
  • Select the time range to present in the chart. You can select a time range from the menu or use the custom option to create your own time range.

See Use basic mode for more information about this feature.

Advanced (NRQL) mode

With the advanced (NRQL) mode you can create your own queries using the NRQL query language. NRQL queries may be simple or complex, depending on what data you want to use and how to display it in your chart. This example of the advanced mode shows the NRQL query with the same data as used in basic mode.

Example of data defined using advanced (NRQL) mode > Chart builder > Advanced (NRQL). Use advanced (NRQL) to write a query that specifies data for a chart.

With APM's real time streaming, you can query and visualize your data for transactions, errors, and custom events in New Relic One and Insights dashboards.

See Use advanced (NRQL) mode for more information about using this feature.

You can switch between basic and advanced modes while defining your data:

  • to customize some of the values.
  • to learn how NRQL queries are structured using the data you specified in basic mode.

If you build your query in basic mode and update it using advanced mode, you cannot return to basic mode to edit that query. You must make any additional changes in advanced (NRQL) mode.

Once you specify the data you want, your chart is ready to view. Your query automatically runs in basic mode as you make changes to the inputs. If using advanced (NRQL) mode, run your query.

Use your charts

Once you have built your chart you can:

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