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prometheus-exporter 🔗

Monitor Type: prometheus-exporter (Source)

Accepts Endpoints: Yes

Multiple Instances Allowed: Yes

Overview 🔗

This monitor reads metrics from a Prometheus exporter endpoint.

All metric types are supported. See https://prometheus.io/docs/concepts/metric_types/ for a description of the Prometheus metric types. The conversion happens as follows:

  • Gauges are converted directly to SignalFx gauges
  • Counters are converted directly to SignalFx cumulative counters
  • Untyped metrics are converted directly to SignalFx gauges
  • Summary metrics are converted to three distinct metrics, where <basename> is the root name of the metric:
    • The total count gets converted to a cumulative counter called <basename>_count
    • The total sum gets converted to a cumulative counter called <basename>
    • Each quantile value is converted to a gauge called <basename>_quantile and will include a dimension called quantile that specifies the quantile.
  • Histogram metrics are converted to three distinct metrics, where <basename> is the root name of the metric:
    • The total count gets converted to a cumulative counter called <basename>_count
    • The total sum gets converted to a cumulative counter called <basename>
    • Each histogram bucket is converted to a cumulative counter called <basename>_bucket and will include a dimension called upper_bound that specifies the maximum value in that bucket. This metric specifies the number of events with a value that is less than or equal to the upper bound.

All Prometheus labels will be converted directly to SignalFx dimensions.

This supports service discovery so you can set a discovery rule such as:

port >= 9100 && port <= 9500 && containerImage =~ "exporter"

assuming you are running exporters in container images that have the word “exporter” in them and fall within the standard exporter port range. In K8s, you could also try matching on the container port name as defined in the pod spec, which is the name variable in discovery rules for the k8s-api observer.

Filtering can be very useful here since exporters tend to be fairly verbose.

Sample YAML configuration:

monitors:
 - type: prometheus-exporter
   discoveryRule: port >= 9100 && port <= 9500 && container_image =~ "exporter"
   extraDimensions:
     metric_source: prometheus

Authentication 🔗

For basic HTTP authentication use the username and password options.

On Kubernetes if the monitored service requires authentication use the useServiceAccount option to use the service account of the agent when connecting. Make sure that the SignalFx Agent service account has sufficient permissions for the monitored service.

Troubleshooting 🔗

  • Log contains the error net/http: HTTP/1.x transport connection broken: malformed HTTP response

    Solution: enable HTTPS with useHTTPS.

  • Log contains the error forbidden: User \"system:anonymous\" cannot get path \"/metrics\"

    Solution: enable useServiceAccount and make sure the service account SignalFx agent is running with has the necessary permissions.

Configuration 🔗

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

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

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

Config option Required Type Description
host yes string Host of the exporter
port yes integer Port of the exporter
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 exporter using HTTPS instead of plain HTTP. (default: false)
skipVerify no bool If useHTTPS is true and this option is also true, the exporter's TLS cert will not be verified. (default: false)
useServiceAccount no bool Use pod service account to authenticate. (default: false)
metricPath no string Path to the metrics endpoint on the exporter server, usually /metrics (the default). (default: /metrics)
sendAllMetrics no bool Send all the metrics that come out of the Prometheus exporter without any filtering. This option has no effect when using the prometheus exporter monitor directly since there is no built-in filtering, only when embedding it in other monitors. (default: false)

The agent does not do any built-in filtering of metrics coming out of this monitor.