Grafana SSL – How to configure HTTPS

Delve into this step-by-step guide for setting up a self-signed SSL certificate in Grafana. By following these instructions, you can enhance the security of your Grafana server, making it accessible via a secure connection at https://my_grafana_server, all while keeping Grafana SSL in focus.

Grafana SSL

By default, SSL is not installed in the free, self-hosted community edition of Grafana. However, SSL is configured automatically for those who opt for the cloud version. To set up SSL on the self-hosted version, you will require sudo access to the /etc/grafana/grafana.ini file.

Here’s where you should look:

vi /etc/grafana/grafana.ini

HTTP options

In the grafana.ini file, you’ll need to modify two key fields:

http_addr =
http_port = 3000
domain =
root_url =
cert_key = /etc/grafana/grafana.key
enforce_domain = False
protocol = https
socket =
enable_gzip = False
cert_file = /etc/grafana/grafana.crt
static_root_path = public
router_logging = False

Step 1 – Create a Grafana SSL Certificate

Follow the steps below for those on Red Hat Linux (or CentOS). Please refer to its specific documentation if you’re on a different Linux distribution.

Execute the following command:

openssl genrsa -out grafana.key 2048

The expected output should appear as follows:

Step 2 – Generate a certificate signing request

From the command line, type:

openssl req -new -key grafana.key -out grafana.csr

The corresponding output will look something like this:

Step 3 – Output the certificate

Now, from the command line, type:

openssl x509 -req -days 365 -in grafana.csr -signkey grafana.key -out grafana.crt

After which, you’ll see this output:

Note: If you type ls -l, you will see your certificates

Step 4 – Set certificate key file ownership

Run the following commands:

sudo chown grafana:grafana grafana.crt
sudo chown grafana:grafana grafana.key
sudo chmod 400 grafana.key grafana.crt

Step 5 – Transfer the certificate and key file to Grafana’s installation directory

Move files using:

sudo mv grafana.crt grafana.key /etc/grafana/

Step 6 – Edit the Grafana.ini file

Open the file with:

sudo vim /etc/grafana/grafana.ini

Search for the #HTTP options and set the properties accordingly:

root_url =
protocol = https
cert_key = /etc/grafana/grafana.key
cert_file = /etc/grafana/grafana.crt

Once done, save and exit the file. Proceed by restarting the Grafana service:

sudo service grafana-server restart

Step 7 – Access via the server IP

Finally, when you navigate to the server’s IP address using a web browser, you’ll encounter a warning due to the Self Signed Certificate. The prompt will appear as follows:

Note: You will always have to accept this prompt (only once) unless you have purchased a Signed Certificate from a certificate authority vendor such as

Want to know how to put certs on a Grafana container and how to make a Grafana container HTTPS? Run

docker exec -it containername /bin/bash

and follow the same procedure above.

That’s it; thanks for taking the time to read this article. If you have any questions or feedback, please write them in the comment section below.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this article. if you have any questions or feedback, please write in the comment section below.

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18 Responses

  1. Noor Uz Zaman says:

    Excellent Explanation Thanks Buddy!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Perfect ! Thank you very much !

  3. kavitha says:

    Thanks for the blog. can you please use instead of self signed certs domain certs.I have tried above steps after updating grafana.ini failed to start grafana service.please guide.

    • Hi. I don’t know to be honest, I’ll need to work it out. But I imagine it’s the same process but you copy the domain certs instead.

      Does anyone else know the answer?

  4. kavitha says:

    Hi , I Have tried with domain certs but unable to start grafana service. please anyone help.

  5. Anonymus says:

    Just want to say thank you for your article. So easy to follow and clear explanation

  6. Chaitanya says:

    Dear Richard,

    Many thanks for your article. It really helps many.

    I had exactly did the same like you had mentioned in the article, but when I open the Grafana using https, I am receiving the following error:

    This site can’t provide a secure connection

    By the way, Grafana using http works like a champ.

    Please let me know, where the error might had happened, so that, it helps me and also many.

    Thanks for your help in advance.


    • Try updating your browser. Otherwise, it would be an internal network issue.
      Do you get an error code in the browser? Is there an option to skip?

      • Chaitanya says:

        Dear Richard,

        Thanks for your reply..

        I had tried with other browsers and I get the following error messages:


        Unfortunately, there is no option to skip 🙁


  7. lam says:

    you still using the port 3000 not sure why

  8. Victor says:

    Muchas gracias!

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