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Status Future consideration
Workspace Instana
Categories Sensor
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 24, 2023

Scraping of Prometheus endpoint metrics from C-Components

Affects Instana sensor and UI-backend
As a customer having to monitor custom metrics in a complex platform with heterogenous stack we need to monitor prometheus endpoint custom metrics provided be C-components, too.
Please consider scraping Prometheus endpoint metrics from C-components
(or please advise/provide other way of integration of C-components monitoring)

Idea priority Medium
  • Admin
    Martin Fuentes
    Mar 1, 2024

    Thanks for bringing this idea to our attention! It makes sense and we will take it into account for investigation. Once we have a plan we will update the Aha Idea.

  • Guest
    Dec 1, 2023

    Hello, if I understand your requirement correctly, then you would like to ingest Prometheus metrics from any app, e.g. written in C, Go, Java into Instana. I have good news for you, this can be achieved fairly easily.

    1. Edit the Instana agent configuration.yaml: sudo vim /opt/instana/agent/etc/instana/configuration.yaml

    2. Enable the section com.instana.plugin.prometheus

    3. Add the Prometheus metrics endpoint URL

    Example static configuration, works for plain Linux processes, this does not work for Kubernetes pods:

    # Prometheus
    customMetricSources: # list metric sources
    # Kubernetes configuration(s) <-- USE THIS if your app runs inside Kubernetes
    # - url: '/prometheus/endpoints/metrics' # metrics endpoint, the IP and port are auto-discovered
    # Static configuration(s) <-- USE THIS if your app runs outside of Kubernetes, e.g. normal Linux process (C, Java, Go ...)
    - url: 'http://localhost:8000/metrics'

    In our example (plain Linux process, written in C) the app runs on port 8000 and the metrics will be displayed on the HOST -> Prometheus App screen (see screenshot).

    • I took this C example app, which required some tweaking to get it up and running, but the procedure is the same for any kind of technology which provides a Prometheus metrics endpoint

    For detailed Instana Prometheus documentation, please see:

    For some technologies (e.g. Java) Instana can automatically detect Prometheus metrics and will display the scraped metrics in the JVM screen (see screenshot), see documentation prometheus-java-client-library

    The metrics can be charted on a dashboard if your Instana tenant unit runs in SaaS or you have BeeInstana enabled, see also INSTANA-I-1984

    Does this solve your problem?