InfluxDB and Grafana

To visualize the data –such as memory metrics, load metrics and disk metrics– retrieved from sensu, we use ‘InfluxDB v0.8’ as the backend database and grafana as the visualization tool.

We installed influxdb and grafana in moc-sensu server

Influxdb is a time series, metrics, and analytics database. It’s written in Go and has no external dependencies.

Influxdb Configuration

Ports: InfluxDB uses port 8083 as the admin server port and 8086 as the http api port by default. More configuration options can be viewed and modified at /opt/influxdb/shared/config.toml.

Configuration related to sensu: All configuration files related to sensu are inside /etc/sensu/conf.d.

This is a .json file configuring host, port, username, password and database for influxdb.

  "influxdb": {
    "host": "localhost",
    "port": 8086,
    "username": "root",
    "password": "root",
    "database": "sensu_db"

Handler configuration: This is a handler configuration file we use to convert data directly retrieved from sensu checks to a format that can be send to the database. The configuration .json file can be viewed at /etc/sensu/conf.d/handler-influxdb-metrics.json.

  "handlers": {
       "influxdb": {
           "type"        : "pipe",
           "command"     : "/etc/sensu/handlers/influxdb-metrics.rb"


You can view influxdb log in the following txt file /opt/influxdb/shared/log.txt

InfluxDB Clustering

Install stable versions of InfluxDB - The stable version of InfluxDB for now is 0.10.1. Install InfluxDB on three separate VMs. And do not start any of the daemons before configuration

Cluster Node configuration Note: Cannot replace with in influxdb versioin 0.10.1. If we set up bind-address with IP address, it won’t connect influxdb server.

# General node configuration:
bind-address="<IP address>:8088"
http-bind-address="<IP address>:8091"


Node Types and Service Types

  • There are three types of nodes: consensus node, hybrid node and data node.
  • Service types: consensus service and data service.
  • There should be an odd number of nodes, at least three, running the consensus service.
  • Consensus node and hybrid node can run consensus service.
  • There should be at least one node running data service.
  • Data node and hybrid node can run data service.
  • I used three hybrid nodes for the first set up.

Starting InfluxDB service

Start the first node - On one of the VMs, run command, sudo service influxdb start

Point the other two nodes to the first node - In /etc/default/influxdb, add

INFLUXD_OPTS="-join <IP1>:8091"
This <IP1> is the IP address for the first node

Start the other two nodes - On each of the two VMs, run command sudo service influxdb start

Grafana Installation

The Grafana version we are using is v 2.0.0-beta3

You can install Grafana using yum directly.

$ sudo yum install

Or you can install it using rpm.

$ sudo yum install initscripts fontconfig
$ sudo rpm -Uvh grafana-2.0.1-1.x86_64.rpm


Port - The default port of grafana is 3000. As it is the same as port of uchiwa — sensu’s dashboard, we change the port to 3031 in the configuration file located at /etc/grafana/grafana.ini.

Start the Server

You can start the server using:

$ sudo service grafana-server start

If you would like to configure to start grafana at boot time, just do

$ sudo /sbin/chkconfig --add grafana-server

You can also start the server via systemd,

$ systemctl daemon-reload
$ systemctl start grafana-server
$ systemctl status grafana-server

Grafana Logs

Log files are located at /var/log/grafana