Bar chart with total count pr. day shows extra day? How to align with time-series?


I have a dashboard with two visualizations. One is a panel with a time series chart that shows when a specific even was sent from a system, and how many that where sent. I’ve used time shift of offset the starting point of the chart so it aligns with the start of a day, ie. 00:00. And when I query “Last 2 days” I get two nice bumps that show how the events were sent during opening hours 2 and 1 days ago from 00:00….23:59 — and not some varying result depending on what time of the day I made the query. This works perfectly!

The other panel is a bar chart. This doesn’t work as expected. I want it to somewhat depict the same information, but instead count total number of events pr. day and represent this with a bar pr. day. It uses the same time shift for alignment, and I would really like to see a bar aligned with each bump of the time series panel above. But for some reason, I always get an extra, unwanted bar, which I can’t explain!

This is the dashboard with the two panels:

I’ve tried to screenshot the construction of the two panels here, first the time series that works:

And then the bar chart which is broken:


  1. Why is there an extra bar?
  2. How do I correct it?
  3. Is there a better way to do this time shift to align with start of day? I’ve tried all sorts of 1d/d, now-0d/d and what not in the hopes of making the two panels behave the same, but it only makes things worse.

I really hope someone can help!


That extra bar is probably because you are using a range query instead of instance query. I am not sure if you can get rid of it, but try this:

  1. In query option, set max data points to 1.
  2. Under option of your bar chart query, set type to instant and step to 1d.

See if that works or not.

Hi, thanks for your response.

I switch to Table view to get a clear view of the result, and your suggestion only provides a single value for the current day. I tried to fiddle with the other values I already had in the query, to see if they mangled the result, but I didn’t help.

Can you provide a full example? Maybe that’s easier that patching my broken chart?

I want:

  1. A bar char with a bar for each day.
  2. A day starts at 00:00:00 and ends at 23:59:59
  3. Each bar represent a count of events for that given day.

Example: If I query for the “Last 2 days” and today is Wednesday, I expect the output below. Since today (Wednesday) is still on-going and therefore can’t contain a complete dataset from 00:00:00-23:59:59, Wednesday is not included:

                    Last 2 days
                (today is wedneday)

20 -|         
    |                          15
10 -|            8             ###
    |           ###            ###
0  -|___________###____________###__________
               monday         tuesday

I’ve investigated a some more. And my time shift actually works nicely; it results in the dataset that I expect. I can confirm this when I view in the Table view.

So it’s just the visual presentation that’s difficult. One perhaps simple hack, would be to dynamically add a label, day, that’s built by formatting Time or tsNs. If I could format this as “YYYY-MM-DD” I would have a reliable day-key, that could count values by. Is this possible? And how? =)

You may be able to achieve that with label_format. See Template functions | Grafana Loki documentation

Thanks, but I think you misunderstood. My labels themselves are not the problem in question.

I tried to propose a way to generate a “date-key” from the Time or tsNs. I would then use this date-key for reliably grouping data for my bars.

My problem is still:

  1. How do draw bars that count log lines pr. whole day (00:00-23:59)?
  2. How do I get rid of that extra bar that always appears on the bar chart?

The interesting/annoying thing is, that if I display the resulting data as a table view, I can verify that I get exactly what I want. Even the timeline graph displays it correctly. But the bar chart somehow always gets it wrong.

I’ve made a mock-up that illustrates the dashboard that I’m trying to build. The important thing about now, is that it doesn’t matter what hh:mm:ss is; because only whole days (00:00:00-23:59:59) are shown. So for “last 2 days” a time shift occurs so the two previous whole days are shows.

Not sure, to be honest with you. I normally try not to fudge with the time series graph in this manner. Hopefully someone more experienced can help.