Create a histogram report in the Report Designer

Histogram reports

Histograms group numbers in a data set into ranges. The data used in a histogram is continuous data. Continuous data is measured whereas discrete data, which is used in bar charts, is counted.

For example, a histogram can show the pattern of P1 incidents logged over a four-week period after a product release. For the first week after the product was released, P1 incidents are low because users do not really understand the product enough to use it. In the second week, more users start working with the product and P1 issues increased. In the third week, P1 issues increase even more as more users began working with the product. In the fourth week, P1 issues stay the same as the third week. The information suggests that it is not necessary to increase support staff until the third week after a product is released.

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Create a histogram report in the Report Designer

Histograms group numbers in a continuous data set into ranges.

Before you begin

Role required: itil, report_group, report_global, report_admin, or admin. To create a meaningful report, you must have the right to access the data you want to report on.

About this task

This task refers to the Kingston release under UI15 and UI16. If you are using an earlier UI or the Classic UI for creating reports, follow the instructions in the Helsinki documentation instead: Report types and creation details.


  1. Navigate to Reports > Create New.
  2. On the Data tab, give the report a name that reflects the information being grouped.
  3. Select the source for the report:
    Data source A table with filters applied to provide a single source of information for all users.
    Table The raw data from a table with no filters applied.
    External import Choose an existing imported report source, or click the Upload icon (Upload icon) to import a new file. See Create a report from an imported Microsoft Excel document.
    MetricBase MetricBase enables you to collect, retain, analyze, and visualize custom time series data on the Now Platform. For more information, see MetricBase .
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Type tab, select Histogram in the Bars section and click Next.

    A preliminary version of the report is displayed. To view the updated report at any time, click Run.

  6. On the Configure tab, fill in the following fields and click Next.
    Table 1. Configure tab
    Field Description
    Measured by Select a field to report against. The values from this field appear on the X axis of the histogram and determine the width of the bars.
  7. (Optional) To limit the information displayed in the report, click the filter icon (filter icon) and select conditions to filter the report data.
    For more details on how conditions are constructed, see Condition builder.
  8. Click Save.
    The report is generated.

What to do next

  • Click the Report info icon (Report info icon) and add a description of the report.
  • Click the sharing icon (Sharing icon) to open the Sharing menu. On this menu, you can add the report to a dashboard, export the report to PDF, publish the report to the web, and set visibility and schedules. For more information, see Share a report – Report Designer.