Monitoring Cells with Prometheus & Grafana

Created on 2019/02/20

This how to will give a you the steps to run Prometheus & Grafana enabling you to have metrics of your Cells Instance.

Enabling metrics in Cells-Enterprise

Cells code is instrumented using Gauge, Counters, etc... We use an interface for various metrics systems (uber-go/tally), using a Noop implementation by default. In Cells-Enterprise, the start flag --enable_metrics will register a Prometheus compatible collector instead of the Noop implementation, and achieve two things:

  • Expose metrics as http on a random port under the /metrics endpoint on each cells process (only one per process, not per service)
  • Via Cells registry, gather info about these exposed endpoints (for all processes), to list all these endpoints as Prometheus compatible targets.
  • Dynamically update a JSON file under $HOME/.config/pydio/cells/services/pydio.grpc.metrics/prom_clients.json to be monitored by prometheus (see below).

In a distributed mode, you will have to run Prometheus on the same node where pydio.gateway.metrics is running.

Installing Prometheus and Grafana

Download Prometheus and Grafana binaries for your platform or install using Docker. Install them on the node where the pydio.gateway.metrics service will be running.

Setup Prometheus

Edit prometheus.yml to add a new job in the scrape_config section, using the embeded file_sd_configs prometheus discovery mechanism. This tool allows prometheus to watch for a specific file in json or yaml, and load scraping targets from there. Yaml section should look like (the first job is set by default in prometheus to monitor itself):

# A scrape configuration containing exactly one endpoint to scrape:
  # The job name is added as a label `job=<job_name>` to any timeseries scraped from this config.
  - job_name: 'prometheus'

    # metrics_path defaults to '/metrics'
    # scheme defaults to 'http'.

    - targets: ['localhost:9090']

  - job_name: 'cells'

      - files:
        - {PATH_TO_CELLS_CONFIG_FOLDER}/services/pydio.gateway.metrics/prom_clients.json

You can configure Prometheus to start on the port you wish, default is 9090.

With cells-enterprise running, you can check that all processes are correctly detected by checking http://localhost:9090/targets.

Setup Grafana

Start grafana, will be accessible via port 3000 by default, you can change it by exporting GF_SERVER_HTTP_PORT to the value you want.

Set up admin / password and basic install steps for Grafana.

Add a Prometheus DataSource in Grafana pointing to the Prometheus port defined in the previous step.

Grafana Dashboard

A simple dashboard has been published on the Grafana website. See It can be simply imported with the following steps

  • In the left menu, select Dashboard > Import
  • In the " Dashboard" text field, enter the dashboard ID 9817

The new dashboard should be available and show something like the image below.