Grafana Agent FlowTutorialsCollecting Prometheus metrics

Collecting Prometheus metrics

Grafana Agent is a telemetry collector with the primary goal of moving telemetry data from one location to another. In this tutorial, you’ll set up a Grafana Agent in Flow mode.


Run the example

Run the following curl -O && bash ./ agent.river.

The script does:

  1. Downloads the configs necessary for Mimir, Grafana and the Grafana Agent.
  2. Downloads the docker image for Grafana Agent explicitly.
  3. Runs the docker-compose up command to bring all the services up.

Allow the Grafana Agent to run for two minutes, then navigate to Grafana.

This example scrapes the Grafana Agent’s http://localhost:12345/metrics endpoint and pushes those metrics to the Mimir instance.

Navigate to http://localhost:12345/graph to view the Grafana Agent Flow UI.

The Agent displays the component pipeline in a dependency graph. See Scraping component and Remote Write component for details about the components used in this configuration. Click the nodes to navigate to the associated component page. There, you can view the state, health information, and, if applicable, the debug information.

Scraping component

The prometheus.scrape component is responsible for scraping the metrics of a particular endpoint and passing them on to another component.

// prometheus.scrape is the name of the component and "default" is its label.
prometheus.scrape "default" {
    // Tell the scraper to scrape at http://localhost:12345/metrics.
    // The http:// and metrics are implied but able to be overwritten.
    targets = [{"__address__" = "localhost:12345"}]
    // Forward the scrape results to the receiver. In general,
    // Flow uses forward_to to tell which receiver to send results to.
    // The forward_to is an argument of prometheus.scrape.default and
    // the receiver is an exported field of prometheus.remote_write.prom.
    forward_to = [prometheus.remote_write.prom.receiver]

The prometheus.scrape "default" annotation indicates the name of the component, prometheus.scrape, and its label, default. All components must have a unique combination of name and if applicable label.

The targets attribute is an argument. targets is a list of labels that specify the target via the special key __address__. The scraper is targeting the Agent’s /metrics endpoint. Both http and /metrics are implied but can be overridden.

The forward_to attribute is an argument that references the export of the prometheus.remote_write.prom component. This is where the scraper will send the metrics for further processing.

Remote Write component

The prometheus.remote_write component is responsible for writing the metrics to a Prometheus-compatible endpoint (Mimir).

prometheus.remote_write "prom" {
    endpoint {
        url = "http://mimir:9009/api/v1/push"

Running without Docker

To try out the Grafana Agent without using Docker:

  1. Download the Grafana Agent.
  2. Set the environment variable EXPERIMENTAL_ENABLE_FLOW=true.
  3. Run the agent with agent run <path_to_flow_config>.