Time Navigation

Time Navigation Bar

Time Window Selectors + "Live" Mode

Use these selectors to quickly adjust your time window to common ranges. These selectors will always take you to "Live" mode, which will automatically update with new data as time passes. Live mode will always show the most recent data available (given the size of your time window - see "time window limitations" below).

By default, time navigation will enter Live mode with a 2 hour time window.  

Play/Pause + Step Backward/Forward

Use the Pause button to exit Live mode and freeze on a certain time window.

Use the Play button to jump back to Live mode after exploring historical data (see below), and view the most recent data available.

Use the Step Back/Forward icons to easily step back and forth in time, and look through historical data. 

Time Navigation Dropdown Panel

For more options navigating through historical data, click the current time range in the header to access the Time Navigation dropdown panel:


Zoom In/Out

Click the + / - magnifying glass icon to zoom the charts for a smaller or larger time frame to display.

Manual Range

Adjust your time window to a specific, manually defined range of your choice. Use this functionality to fully customize the range of historical data you're viewing. Great for investigating issues that happened at a known point in time in the past.


Data Retention Policy

Sysdig Monitor initially collects metrics at a 10-second resolution. After pre-defined time periods, data will be aggregated to lower resolutions for efficiency. Retention periods for historical data are shown in the table below. 



10 Second

6 hours

1 Minute

2 days

10 Minute

2 weeks

1 Hour

3 months

1 Day

1 year


Time Window Limitations + Time Modifications

In certain situations, a desired time window may not be available, and a modification to the time window will be automatically applied. If this occurs, a warning will be displayed:

A certain time window may not be available for two reasons, both having to do with data granularity and specificity:

  1. The time window could be asking for a granularity of data that has expired and is no longer available. For example: if you try to load a one hour time range from 6 months ago, the time range will automatically be modified to at least one day.
  2. The time window could be asking for a granularity of data that is too high given the size of the window. Since each graph can only contain a certain number of data points, we currently limit data specificity for larger time ranges. For example: multi-hour time ranges will automatically be adjusted to show 10-minute rollups, instead of 1 minute granularity. For more granular data, try viewing a more narrow time window. Note, we're actively working on improving/removing this limitation - please stay tuned!
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