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Introduction to the data explorer

With the data explorer you can navigate all your data visually, without any NRQL knowledge. Use the data explorer to access, query and customize your data, create visualizations, and make connections between your services in a consistent and curated experience.

Need to perform a more detailed search? Read how to query your data.

Why it matters

Do you research the state of your systems? Do you need to plan resources, identify and respond to incidents, or troubleshoot faulty behaviors? The data explorer makes it easy to identify, fetch and visualize the data you are looking for through visual menus, without ever using NRQL or building queries.

With the data explorer you can:

  • Access events and metrics data in a quick, intuitive way.
  • Exploit the dimensionality of data by making it visible and easily actionable upon.
  • See data from different points of view: from raw data to different visualizations that provide insights on evolution, distribution, etc.
  • Drill down into data with filters.
  • Add your searches to a dashboard in a click.
  • Understand how NRQL works: data explorer shows how queries are built while navigating the available data.

Query your data

To access the data explorer, go to one.newrelic.com and

  • At the top of the page, click the Query your data icon.

  • At the Browse data dropdown, select Events or Metrics.

The data explorer is the portal to explore all the data you have in New Relic. You can explore events and metrics on the data explorer UI, or select the Logs and Traces query interfaces to explore those. You can also access the query builder any time by clicking on the tab.

Use the data explorer

The data explorer consists of a scoping section on the top (a), a data browsing area on the left (b), and a workspace (c).

To use the data explorer:

  1. Define the scope of the exploration: select the account and data type (metric or event) you want to browse.

  2. Select the time range using the time picker.

  3. Use the blocks on the left to browse the available data for either events or metrics, and build your search. You can only select one element per block. Blocks are searchable.


We use the metric system (including metric SI prefixes) to display our units.

Visualize and refine your exploration

The result of your exploration is displayed in the working space on the right.

Refine your exploration, or share your chart

At the working space you can see:

Use cases

See the following examples to learn how and when to use the data explorer.

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