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Grafana Agent

grafana-agent deployed on plural

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Why use Grafana Agent on Plural?

Plural helps you deploy and manage the lifecycle of open-source applications on Kubernetes. Our platform combines the scalability and observability benefits of managed SaaS with the data security, governance, and compliance benefits of self-hosting Grafana Agent.

If you need more than just Grafana Agent, look for other cloud-native and open-source tools in our marketplace of curated applications to leapfrog complex deployments and get started quickly.

Grafana Agent’s websiteGitHubLicenseInstalling Grafana Agent docs

Deploying Grafana Agent is a matter of executing these 3 commands:

plural bundle install grafana-agent grafana-agent-aws
plural build
plural deploy --commit "deploying grafana-agent"
Read the install documentation

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Grafana Agent is a vendor-neutral, batteries-included telemetry collector with configuration inspired by Terraform. It is designed to be flexible, performant, and compatible with multiple ecosystems such as Prometheus and OpenTelemetry.

Grafana Agent is based around components. Components are wired together to form programmable observability pipelines for telemetry collection, processing, and delivery.

NOTE: This page focuses mainly on "Flow mode," the Terraform-inspired revision of Grafana Agent.

Grafana Agent can collect, transform, and send data to:

Why use Grafana Agent?

  • Vendor-neutral: Fully compatible with the Prometheus, OpenTelemetry, and Grafana open source ecosystems.
  • Every signal: Collect telemetry data for metrics, logs, traces, and continuous profiles.
  • Scalable: Deploy on any number of machines to collect millions of active series and terabytes of logs.
  • Battle-tested: Grafana Agent extends the existing battle-tested code from the Prometheus and OpenTelemetry Collector projects.
  • Powerful: Write programmable pipelines with ease, and debug them using a built-in UI.
  • Batteries included: Integrate with systems like MySQL, Kubernetes, and Apache to get telemetry that's immediately useful.

Getting started

Check out our documentation to see:

Example

river
// Discover Kubernetes pods to collect metrics from.
discovery.kubernetes "pods" {
  role = "pod"
}

// Collect metrics from Kubernetes pods.
prometheus.scrape "default" {
  targets    = discovery.kubernetes.pods.targets
  forward_to = [prometheus.remote_write.default.receiver]
}

// Get an API key from disk.
local.file "apikey" {
  filename  = "/var/data/my-api-key.txt"
  is_secret = true
}

// Send metrics to a Prometheus remote_write endpoint.
prometheus.remote_write "default" {
  endpoint {
    url = "http://localhost:9009/api/prom/push"

    basic_auth {
      username = "MY_USERNAME"
      password = local.file.apikey.content
    }
  }
}

We maintain an example Docker Compose environment that can be used to launch dependencies to play with Grafana Agent locally.

Release cadence

A new minor release is planned every six weeks. You can use the list of Milestones to see what maintainers are planning on working on for a given release cycle.

Both the release cadence and the items assigned to a milestone are best-effort: releases may be moved forwards or backwards if needed, and items may be moved to a different milestone or removed entirely. The planned release dates for future minor releases do not change if one minor release is moved.

Patch and security releases may be created at any time.

Community

To engage with the Grafana Agent community:

Contribute

Refer to our contributors guide to learn how to contribute.

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FAQ

Plural is open-source and self-hosted. You retain full control over your deployments in your cloud. We perform automated testing and upgrades and provide out-of-the-box Day 2 operational workflows. Monitor, manage, and scale your configuration with ease to meet changing demands of your business. Read more.

We support deploying on all major cloud providers, including AWS, Azure, and GCP. We also support all on-prem Kubernetes clusters, including OpenShift, Tanzu, Rancher, and others.

No, Plural does not have access to any cloud environments when deployed through the CLI. We generate deployment manifests in the Plural Git repository and then use your configured cloud provider's CLI on your behalf. We cannot perform anything outside of deploying and managing the manifests that are created in your Plural Git repository. However, Plural does have access to your cloud credentials when deployed through the Cloud Shell. Read more.