Escaping a $ (dollar sign) so it doesn't get treated as a variable

Using grafana v7.5.15 (the docker image), I’m looking for a way to escape a $ so it doesn’t get interpreted as a template variable.

I’ve tried:

  • \$ ← gets passed through as is
  • $$ ← gets passed through as is
  • \\$ ← gets passed through as is

but they don’t do what I want (pass through the string $1 but without grafana attempting to interpolate it).

Here’s an example prometheus query:


Right now grafana treats $1 as a variable replacement, but fortunately does nothing since the 1 variable doesn’t exist. But we have more complex use cases and I’d like to try and avoid this in the future.


do you think you could try and replicate this on our public sandbox, :pray:

I might suggest upgrading to at least Grafana 8, as we aren’t really supporting v7 anymore


granted, the problem might still exist :person_shrugging:

1 Like

Can do; I tried on the template variable dashboard.


## Escape a $?



Escape a $?

test.1, test2
$test.1, test2
\test.1, test2
\\test.1, test2


(removing the {} made no difference)

Desired output:


Running into the same problem with Grafana 8.3.6. Need to figure out how to escape the capture group reference.

1 Like

Run into the same problem, found a workaround: make a constant nothing with empty value, and then $${nothing}variable is rendered as $variable

1 Like

Ah! that’s a good workaround.

Or, possibly more clearly, add a constant variable dollar=$, then


becomes →