Datadog dashboards provide a unified view of your application, infrastructure, and business data, giving stakeholders the context they need to make decisions. Sharing dashboards publicly is useful when you want to make them easily accessible to a large audience. But oftentimes, your dashboards include sensitive information, which is why you need finer-grained controls over the data you share—and who you share it with.
Now, you can grant specific individuals access to your dashboards, regardless of whether they have a Datadog account. And instead of exposing your entire dataset, you can use time selectors and template variables to curate the exact view you want to make available. For instance, if you’re a managed service provider, you can share dashboards that only display the performance of specific endpoints, ensuring that your customers only see their own data. Or, if your company has multiple Datadog organizations, you can share a dashboard with a colleague in a different department who does not have access to your organization.
To share a dashboard you own, click on the Settings icon and choose Generate Public URL from the dropdown menu. By default, anyone with the public URL will have access to the dashboard. To limit access to certain individuals, select Only specified people, enter their email addresses, and click Invite.
For each person you invite, Datadog will email a magic link to the dashboard (valid for one hour). Clicking on a valid link authenticates the individual and grants read-only access to the dashboard for 30 days.
Additionally, you can control what data these individuals are able to view by clicking Time & Variable Settings. By default, dashboards display data from the past hour but you can set a different time frame (e.g., past 30 minutes, past day) and allow viewers to customize the time frame. And, if you have configured template variables, you can select specific tags (e.g., availability zone, service, team) to share only a subset of data. In the example below, we have chosen to display data from our coupon validation service in two availability zones.
At any point, you can update your sharing settings (e.g., revoke the access of certain individuals, adjust the data you’re sharing) by navigating to the Settings menu and clicking Configure sharing.
You can start sharing your dashboards with individuals outside of your organization right away. We’ve built on our Dashboards API to let you programmatically manage and share all of your public dashboards. Or if you’re not yet using Datadog, you can get started with a 14-day, full-featured free trial today.