Help build the future of open source observability software Open positions

Check out the open source projects we support Downloads

Grot cannot remember your choice unless you click the consent notice at the bottom.

Cortex v1.0 released: The highly scalable, fast Prometheus implementation is generally available for production use

Cortex v1.0 released: The highly scalable, fast Prometheus implementation is generally available for production use

2 Apr, 2020 3 min

After five years leading the development of Cortex, Grafana Labs is no longer contributing to this project. In March 2022, we launched Grafana Mimir, an open source long-term storage for Prometheus that lets you scale to 1 billion metrics and beyond. To learn more, please read the TSDB announcement blog and visit the Grafana Mimir page.
30 Mar 2022

We’re happy to announce that Cortex v1.0 has been released! The horizontally scalable, durable, and fast Prometheus implementation is now generally available for production use.

At Grafana Labs, we’ve been using Cortex in production for almost three years, including to power the Prometheus backend for the Grafana Cloud managed logging and metrics platform. We’re confident that for large organizations looking for an “enterprise-ready” Prometheus system that can deploy at high scale and reliability, Cortex is the answer.

In fact, over the past year, adoption has hit the mainstream, with Cortex – a Cloud Native Computing Foundation Sandbox project – helping numerous enterprises adopt Prometheus. And the number of stargazers on GitHub has shot up:

Cortex star history
Cortex star history

Highlights of v1.0

The v1.0 release of Cortex brings numerous changes to make Cortex easy to use and production ready. These changes include:

The Cortex v1.0 release can be found on our GitHub page.

Grafana Labs and Cortex

Since the project was started in 2016, the focus has been on delivering an infinitely scalable solution. Grafana Labs got involved in 2018 though the acquisition of Kausal. Some recent highlights of our engineering work include:

Over the past three years, Cortex has been used in production both at Grafana Labs and at companies like Gojek. A decacorn startup, Gojek serves millions of users across Southeast Asia with its mobile wallet, GoPay, and more than 20 services on its super app. To support multiple markets, the systems team at Gojek focused on building an infrastructure for speed, reliability, and scale. By 2019, the team realized it needed a new monitoring system that could keep up with Gojek’s ever-growing technology organization, which led them to Cortex. A year later, Gojek’s Lens monitoring system has 40+ tenants, for which Cortex handles about 1.2 million samples per second. For more on Gojek’s use of Cortex, read the full case study.


I want to give a big thank you to the 97 contributors to Cortex, but in particular a shout out to Bryan Boreham, Ken Haines, Thor Hansen, Jacob Lisi, Chris Marchbanks, Marco Pracucci, Peter Štibraný, Sandeep Sukhani, Goutham Veeramachaneni, Ganesh Vernekar, and Julius Volz for their work over the past few years. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without you.

Learn more

For more about Cortex v1.0 watch the replay of Grafana Labs’ “Taking Prometheus to Scale with Cortex” webinar. And don’t miss Cortex maintainer Goutham Veeramachaneni’s blog on the Cortex roadmap.

On this page