Custom chart types

This page lists the custom chart types that are available for Dynatrace dashboards.


Dynatrace now has two ways to create charts for your dashboards:

  • The old custom chart functionality, which is described in this help topic.
  • The new Data explorer, which greatly enhances your abilities to query and chart metrics.

If you have created custom charts in the past, we recommend that you switch to Data explorer. We are confident that you will prefer Data explorer, and we aren't going to support custom charts forever.

But don't worry if you're not ready to switch:

  • Your custom charts are still safely pinned to your dashboards.
  • You can still create and edit custom charts.
  • You have plenty of time to switch to Data explorer. We're still receiving and addressing feedback from customers like you. There isn't even an official end-of-life date yet. But we do promise to let you know the date as soon as it's settled.
  • You can migrate your old charts to Data explorer automatically. To give it a try, see Migration from custom charts.

Timeseries charts

The timeseries chart supports up to 5 metrics in a single chart.

The following timeseries chart types are available:

Line charts

Line chart

Stacked area charts

Stacked area chart

Stacked bar charts

Bar chart

You can set the type for every metric in the chart. To select the type of a chart:

  1. Expand the table row of the required metric to access the available charting options.
  2. From the Chart type list, select the required visualization.

Pie charts

The pie chart shows a distribution of measurements between metric dimensions. It supports only 1 metric in a single chart.

The example below shows the distribution of number of calls between methods of the demo application.

Pie chart

Select a dimension in the legend to deactivate it and temporarily remove it from the chart.

Top list charts

Top list charts show up to 15 of the top dimensions of a metric. This chart type supports only 1 metric per chart.

The example below shows top-5 hosts by CPU usage.

Top list chart

When pinned to a dashboard, the top list chart displays as many entities as possible, up to a maximum of 15, depending on the size of the tile. If some entries don't fit on the tile, an overflow message is displayed, for example 5 more.

Single value chart

The single value chart shows the aggregated value of a metric for the specified timeframe and aggregation.

Single value chart