Custom Dashboards and Widgets - Tutorial

Welcome to this tutorial on creating custom dashboards and widgets in AppDynamics. Dashboards are powerful tools that allow you to visualize and analyze performance data in a way that is tailored to your specific monitoring requirements. AppDynamics provides a flexible and customizable dashboard framework that enables you to create personalized dashboards and widgets to monitor and analyze the metrics that matter most to you. In this tutorial, we will explore the steps to create custom dashboards and widgets in AppDynamics.

Step 1: Accessing the Dashboard Designer

The first step in creating custom dashboards is to access the Dashboard Designer in AppDynamics. Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the AppDynamics Controller.
  2. Navigate to the Dashboards section.
  3. Click on the "Create Dashboard" button to open the Dashboard Designer.

Step 2: Adding Widgets to the Dashboard

Once in the Dashboard Designer, you can add widgets to your custom dashboard to display the desired performance metrics. Here's an example of adding a line chart widget:

{ "widgetType": "LineChart", "metric": "Business Transaction Performance|Average Response Time (ms)", "timeRange": "last_1_hour", "rollup": "average", "application": "MyApplication", "autoRefresh": true }

In the above example, we create a line chart widget that displays the average response time of a business transaction for the last 1 hour. The widget is associated with the "MyApplication" application and set to auto-refresh.

Step 3: Configuring Widget Properties

After adding a widget to the dashboard, you can configure its properties to customize its behavior and appearance. Some common properties include:

  • Metric: The performance metric to display in the widget.
  • Time Range: The time range for the data displayed in the widget.
  • Rollup: The aggregation method for the metric data, such as average, sum, or count.
  • Filters: Optional filters to apply to the data, such as by application, tier, or node.
  • Appearance: Customization options for the widget's appearance, such as colors, labels, or legends.

Common Mistakes

  • Adding too many widgets to a dashboard, resulting in cluttered and overwhelming visualizations.
  • Not selecting the most relevant performance metrics for the widgets, leading to a lack of actionable insights.
  • Not regularly reviewing and updating the custom dashboards as monitoring needs evolve, causing them to become outdated or less useful over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I customize the layout and arrangement of widgets on a dashboard?

    Yes, AppDynamics allows you to drag and drop widgets to customize their arrangement and layout on the dashboard.

  2. Can I share my custom dashboards with other team members?

    Yes, you can share your custom dashboards with other team members by providing them with access to the AppDynamics Controller or by exporting the dashboard configuration and sharing it with them.

  3. Can I create interactive widgets that allow drill-down capabilities?

    Yes, AppDynamics supports interactive widgets that allow drill-down capabilities, enabling you to explore the data in greater detail.

  4. Are there pre-built widget templates available in AppDynamics?

    Yes, AppDynamics provides a variety of pre-built widget templates that you can use as a starting point for creating custom widgets.

  5. Can I schedule automated dashboard refreshes?

    Yes, you can schedule automated dashboard refreshes at predefined intervals to ensure that the data is always up to date.


In this tutorial, we explored the process of creating custom dashboards and widgets in AppDynamics. By accessing the Dashboard Designer, adding relevant widgets, and configuring their properties, you can tailor your dashboards to display the performance metrics that are most important to your monitoring needs. With the flexibility and customization options provided by AppDynamics, you can create personalized dashboards that enable you to effectively monitor, analyze, and visualize your application's performance. Leverage the power of custom dashboards and widgets to gain valuable insights and make data-driven decisions for optimizing your system's performance.