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Monitor Type: http (Source)

Accepts Endpoints: Yes

Multiple Instances Allowed: Yes

Overview ๐Ÿ”—

This monitor will generate metrics based on whether the HTTP response from the configured URL match expectations (e.g. correct body, status code, etc).

TLS information will automatically be fetched if applicable (from base URL or redirection depending on useHTTPS parameter).

Setup ๐Ÿ”—

To create a webcheck from a URL, you need to split it into different configuration options. All of these will determine the url dimension value from its โ€œnormalizedโ€ url {scheme}://{host}:{port}{path}:

  • scheme will be https if useHTTPS:true or http else.
  • host should be the hostname of the site to check. It is mandatory.
  • port should be the port to connect to. If not defined, it will be 443 if useHTTPS:true or 80 else.
  • path will contain the full query including resource path and finally the GET method parameters with ? separator.

Notice: :port will be removed from url if default because it is implicit and makes the behavior similar to what curl does.

In addition to information from the URL you can also configure the behavior of the request done on this URL:

  • request type like GET or POST are defined from method. See go doc for full list of available methods.
  • basic authentification could be done from username and password configuration options.
  • request headers could be defined with httpHeaders. It could be useful to override the host header.
  • it is possible to provide a body to the request through requestBody. The form of this body will often depend on the Content-Type header. For example, {"foo":"bar"} with Content-Type: application/json.
  • By default, it will follow redirects. It is possible to disable that behavior using noRedirects:false.

See Config Examples for different request behaviors.

Some configuration options change the resulting values:

  • the desiredCode option will determine the http.code_matched value. By default it is 200 it could be useful to change it if you expect different โ€œnormalโ€ value. For example, use desiredCode:301 and noRedirects:false to check a redirect (and not the end redirected url) keeping value to 1 (success).
  • the regex option will do the same with http.regex_matched metric where value will be 1 only if provided regex matchs the response body.
  • the addRedirectURL does not have impact on metrics but will add a new dimension redirect_url with โ€œdynamicโ€ value. Indeed, if url dimension could only change with monitor configuration, the redirect_url could be impacted by any server change and will always be the last url redirected. Disabled by default because this could cause problem with heartbeat detector for example.

Common useful headers are:

  • Cache-Control: no-cache to ignore cache.
  • Host to change the request (i.e. bypass cdn or load balancer requesting directly the backend)
  • Content-Type will allow to change application type (json, xml, octet-stream..)

Config Examples ๐Ÿ”—

Here are some curl examples commands with their corresponding configuration.

  • curl -L http://signalfx.com (http.status_code=200 because does follow redirect to splunk)
monitors:
 - type: http
   host: signalfx.com
  • curl -I http://signalfx.com (http.status_code=301 because it does not follow redirect to splunk)
monitors:
 - type: http
   host: signalfx.com
   noRedirects: true
   method: HEAD
  • curl -L -H 'Host: foobar' -A 'customAgent' https://signalfx.com (http.cert_valid=0 because host does not match certificate)
monitors:
 - type: http
   host: signalfx.com
   useHTTPS: true
   httpHeaders: 
     Host: foobar
     User-Agent: customAgent
  • curl -G -X GET -d 'foo=bar' -d 'leet=1337' http://signalfx.com/fakepage
monitors:
 - type: http
   host: signalfx.com
   path: '/fakepage?foo=bar&leet=1337'
   method: GET
   httpHeaders:
     Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
  • curl -X POST -d '{"foo":"bar"}' http://signalfx.com
monitors:
 - type: http
   host: signalfx.com
   method: POST
   requestBody: '{"foo":"bar"}'

For a full list of options, see Configuration.

Configuration ๐Ÿ”—

To activate this monitor in the Smart Agent, add the following to your agent config:

monitors:  # All monitor config goes under this key
 - type: http
   ...  # Additional config

For a list of monitor options that are common to all monitors, see Common Configuration.

Config option Required Type Description
host no string Host/IP to monitor
port no integer Port of the HTTP server to monitor (default: 0)
path no string HTTP path to use in the test request
httpTimeout no int64 HTTP timeout duration for both read and writes. This should be a duration string that is accepted by https://golang.org/pkg/time/#ParseDuration (default: 10s)
username no string Basic Auth username to use on each request, if any.
password no string Basic Auth password to use on each request, if any.
useHTTPS no bool If true, the agent will connect to the server using HTTPS instead of plain HTTP. (default: false)
httpHeaders no map of strings A map of HTTP header names to values. Comma separated multiple values for the same message-header is supported.
skipVerify no bool If useHTTPS is true and this option is also true, the exporter's TLS cert will not be verified. (default: false)
caCertPath no string Path to the CA cert that has signed the TLS cert, unnecessary if skipVerify is set to false.
clientCertPath no string Path to the client TLS cert to use for TLS required connections
clientKeyPath no string Path to the client TLS key to use for TLS required connections
requestBody no string Optional HTTP request body as string like '{"foo":"bar"}'
noRedirects no bool Do not follow redirect. (default: false)
method no string HTTP request method to use. (default: GET)
urls no list of strings DEPRECATED: list of HTTP URLs to monitor. Use host/port/useHTTPS/path instead.
regex no string Optional Regex to match on URL(s) response(s).
desiredCode no integer Desired code to match for URL(s) response(s). (default: 200)
addRedirectURL no bool Add redirect_url dimension which could differ from url when redirection is followed. (default: false)

Metrics ๐Ÿ”—

These are the metrics available for this monitor. Metrics that are categorized as container/host (default) are in bold and italics in the list below.

  • http.cert_expiry (gauge)
    Certificate expiry in seconds. This metric is reported only if HTTPS is available (from last followed URL).
  • http.cert_valid (gauge)
    Value is 1 if certificate is valid (including expiration test) or 0 else. This metric is reported only if HTTPS is available (from last followed URL).
  • http.code_matched (gauge)
    Value is 1 if status_code value match desiredCode set in config. Always reported.
  • http.content_length (gauge)
    HTTP response body length. Always reported.
  • http.regex_matched (gauge)
    Value is 1 if pattern match in response body. Only reported if regex is configured.
  • http.response_time (gauge)
    HTTP response time in seconds. Always reported.
  • http.status_code (gauge)
    HTTP response status code. Always reported.

Non-default metrics (version 4.7.0+) ๐Ÿ”—

To emit metrics that are not default, you can add those metrics in the generic monitor-level extraMetrics config option. Metrics that are derived from specific configuration options that do not appear in the above list of metrics do not need to be added to extraMetrics.

To see a list of metrics that will be emitted you can run agent-status monitors after configuring this monitor in a running agent instance.

Dimensions ๐Ÿ”—

The following dimensions may occur on metrics emitted by this monitor. Some dimensions may be specific to certain metrics.

Name Description
method HTTP method used to do request. Not available on http.cert_* metrics.
redirect_url Last URL retrieved (after redirects) from configured one. Only sent if noRedirects: false and addLastURL: true and if URL responds with a redirect different from the original url.
url The normalized URL (including port and path) from the configuration of this monitor. Always available on every metrics.