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    netdata is a system for distributed real-time performance and health monitoring. It provides unparalleled insights, in real-time, of everything happening on the system it runs (including applications such as web and database servers), using modern interactive web dashboards.

    netdata is fast and efficient, designed to permanently run on all systems (physical & virtual servers, containers, IoT devices), without disrupting their core function.


    • Stunning interactive bootstrap dashboards
      mouse and touch friendly, in 2 themes: dark, light
    • Amazingly fast
      responds to all queries in less than 0.5 ms per metric, even on low-end hardware
    • Highly efficient
      collects thousands of metrics per server per second, with just 1% CPU utilization of a single core, a few MB of RAM and no disk I/O at all
    • Sophisticated alarming
      supports dynamic thresholds, hysteresis, alarm templates, multiple role-based notification methods (such as email,,,,
    • Extensible
      you can monitor anything you can get a metric for, using its Plugin API (anything can be a netdata plugin, BASH, python, perl, node.js, java, Go, ruby, etc)
    • Embeddable
      it can run anywhere a Linux kernel runs (even IoT) and its charts can be embedded on your web pages too
    • Customizable
      custom dashboards can be built using simple HTML (no javascript necessary)
    • Zero configuration
      auto-detects everything, it can collect up to 5000 metrics per server out of the box
    • Zero dependencies
      it is even its own web server, for its static web files and its web API
    • Zero maintenance
      you just run it, it does the rest
    • scales to infinity
      requiring minimal central resources
    • back-ends supported
      can archive its metrics on graphite or opentsdb, in the same or lower detail (lower: to prevent it from congesting these servers due to the amount of data collected)

    What does it monitor?

    netdata monitors several thousands of metrics per device. All these metrics are collected and visualized in real-time.

    Almost all metrics are auto-detected, without any configuration.
    This is a list of what it currently monitors:

    • CPU
      usage, interrupts, softirqs, frequency, total and per core
    • Memory
      RAM, swap and kernel memory usage, including KSM the kernel memory deduper
    • Disks
      per disk: I/O, operations, backlog, utilization, space
    • Network interfaces
      per interface: bandwidth, packets, errors, drops
    • IPv4 networking
      bandwidth, packets, errors, fragments, tcp: connections, packets, errors, handshake, udp: packets, errors, broadcast: bandwidth, packets, multicast: bandwidth, packets
    • IPv6 networking
      bandwidth, packets, errors, fragments, ECT, udp: packets, errors, udplite: packets, errors, broadcast: bandwidth, multicast: bandwidth, packets, icmp: messages, errors, echos, router, neighbor, MLDv2, group membership, break down by type
    • Interprocess Communication – IPC
      such as semaphores and semaphores arrays
    • netfilter / iptables Linux firewall
      connections, connection tracker events, errors
    • Linux DDoS protection
      SYNPROXY metrics
    • fping latencies
      for any number of hosts, showing latency, packets and packet loss
    • Processes
      running, blocked, forks, active
    • Entropy
      random numbers pool, using in cryptography
    • NFS file servers and clients
      NFS v2, v3, v4: I/O, cache, read ahead, RPC calls
    • Network QoS
      the only tool that visualizes network tc classes in realtime
    • Linux Control Groups
      containers: systemd, lxc, docker
    • Applications
      by grouping the process tree and reporting CPU, memory, disk reads, disk writes, swap, threads, pipes, sockets – per group
    • Users and User Groups resource usage
      by summarizing the process tree per user and group, reporting: CPU, memory, disk reads, disk writes, swap, threads, pipes, sockets
    • Apache and lighttpd web servers
      mod-status (v2.2, v2.4) and cache log statistics, for multiple servers
    • Nginx web servers
      stub-status, for multiple servers
    • Tomcat
      accesses, threads, free memory, volume
    • mySQL databases
      multiple servers, each showing: bandwidth, queries/s, handlers, locks, issues, tmp operations, connections, binlog metrics, threads, innodb metrics, and more
    • Postgres databases
      multiple servers, each showing: per database statistics (connections, tuples read – written – returned, transactions, locks), backend processes, indexes, tables, write ahead, background writer and more
    • Redis databases
      multiple servers, each showing: operations, hit rate, memory, keys, clients, slaves
    • memcached databases
      multiple servers, each showing: bandwidth, connections, items
    • ISC Bind name servers
      multiple servers, each showing: clients, requests, queries, updates, failures and several per view metrics
    • Postfix email servers
      message queue (entries, size)
    • exim email servers
      message queue (emails queued)
    • Dovecot POP3/IMAP servers
    • IPFS
      bandwidth, peers
    • Squid proxy servers
      multiple servers, each showing: clients bandwidth and requests, servers bandwidth and requests
    • Hardware sensors
      temperature, voltage, fans, power, humidity
    • NUT and APC UPSes
      load, charge, battery voltage, temperature, utility metrics, output metrics
    • PHP-FPM
      multiple instances, each reporting connections, requests, performance
    • hddtemp
      disk temperatures
    • SNMP devices
      can be monitored too (although you will need to configure these)


    # download it – the directory ‘netdata’ will be created
    git clone –depth=1
    cd netdata

    # build it, install it, start it
    The script will build netdata and install it to your system.

    If you don’t want to install it on the default directories, you can run the installer like this: ./ –install /opt. This one will install netdata in /opt/netdata.

    Once the installer completes, the file /etc/netdata/netdata.conf will be created (if you changed the installation directory, the configuration will appear in that directory too).

    More info, visit here:

    No system is truly secure!

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