Create a Dashboard

Create a dashboard using AWS console

Go to CloudWatch Dashboard and click on Create dashboard, name it observability-dashboard and click Create dashboard. You will see a screen such as below where you can choose the type of widget you want.


Select Line graph and click Configure. This will take you a screen showing all Namespaces under which Metrics are being collected. If you see ContainerInsights namespace, select that (this will show up if you deployed the petsite service on EKS during setup). If not, select ECS/ContainerInsights namespace.

For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to assume you chose ContainerInsights for the rest of the instructions. If you did not, just make small adjustments to the instructions yourself as it is pretty easy to follow either way.


Select a dimension inside the namespace and select a metric such as CPU Utilization or Memory Utilization as shown below. Click on Create Widget to have this graph added as a new widget to the dashboard.


You will be able to adjust the size of the widget simply by dragging the bottom right of the corner. Click on ‘Save dashboard` to save the dashboard, not doing so will not save the changes made.

Learn about Service Quota limits on widgets and metric limits per widget/dashboard here.

You can also add CloudWatch Logs Insights results as a widget as well. Click on Add widget select Query results, which will take you to CloudWatch Logs Insights screen.


Paste this query below in the query textbox and click on Run query.

fields @timestamp, @message
| sort @timestamp desc
| filter @message like /PetListAdoptions/
| stats count(@message) by bin(5m)
| limit 20

Your screen should look like the one below. The query shows the number of instances the string PetListAdoptions was found in the log data. Now click on Create widget.


This will add a new widget to the dashboard as shown below.


Working on CloudWatch Dashboards using AWS CLI

You can perform a variety of operations on CloudWatch Dashboards through AWS CLI as well.

The following command gets the dashboard in json format back to you.

aws cloudwatch get-dashboard --dashboard-name observability-dashboard

Create a new dashboard

Take the following json string below and create a file on the local directory and name it dashboard.json. Make sure you replace <YOUR_AWS_REGION_HERE> placeholder with the appropriate AWS Region.


Execute the following command which will create a new CloudWatch Dashboard

aws cloudwatch put-dashboard --dashboard-name cli-dashboard --dashboard-body $(cat dashboard.json)

To see the list of dashboards that exist on the account, execute the following command

aws cloudwatch list-dashboards

You can also check your newly created dashboard on the dashboard console as well.