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Introduction to the metrics and events data explorer

Navigate all your data visually using Metrics and events and without needing to know how to write NRQL-format queries.

Need to perform a more detailed search? Read how to query your data. If you haven't already, create your free New Relic account below to start monitoring your data today.

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? Metrics and events 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 Metrics and events you can access all data stored in the New Relic database (NRDB) in a quick, intuitive way. You can then select Dimensions to facet by specific dimensions of that data.

Other things metrics and events helps you do:

  • See data from different points of view: from raw data to different visualizations that provide insights on evolution, distribution, and more.
  • Drill down into data using filters.
  • Add your searches to a dashboard.
  • Understand how NRQL works: metrics and events shows how queries are built.

Types of data you can explore

In the context of Metrics and events, event refers to all objects stored in the New Relic database (NRDB). Metrics and events let you explore:

  • Metrics:
    • Dimensional metrics (the Metric data type).
    • Metric timeslice data: agents, mobile agents, and the agent report this data type. To explore this type of data, you must choose an entity monitored by one of those agents, and then you'll see those options.
  • Events: the event data type.
  • Logs: the Log data type (which you can also explore via our logs UI).
  • Traces: the Span data type (which you can also explore via our trace UI).

Explore your data

To access the data explorer, go to one.newrelic.com > All capabilities > Metrics and events.

Metrics and events consist of these:

  • Scoping section on the top. You can select between metrics or events and account. If you select metrics, you can filter by entity.
  • Data browsing area on the left. If you choose metrics, the options are metric and dimensions. If you choose events, the options are event type, plot, and dimensions.
  • Workspace. This area shows you the result of your choices.

one.newrelic.com > All capabilities > Metrics & events: Metrics and events view.

To use metrics and events:

  1. Define the scope. Select the data type (metric or event), the account, and the entities.

  2. Select the time range using the time picker.

  3. Use the blocks on the left to browse the available data 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 working space on the right displays the result of your exploration.

At the working space you can see:

Visualize your custom metric after creating it

Follow these steps to visualize your custom metric through the metrics explorer:

  1. Access the data explorer, go to one.newrelic.com > All capabilities > Metrics and events.

  2. Choose your entity.

  3. Click See timeslice metrics for your entity link.

    See timeslice metrics for `your entity`

Use cases

See the following examples to learn how and when to use metrics and events.

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