Grafana Alloy is the new name for our distribution of the OTel collector. Grafana Agent has been deprecated and is in Long-Term Support (LTS) through October 31, 2025. Grafana Agent will reach an End-of-Life (EOL) on November 1, 2025. Read more about why we recommend migrating to Grafana Alloy.

This is documentation for the next version of Agent. For the latest stable release, go to the latest version.

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Function calls

You can use River function calls to build richer expressions.

Functions take zero or more arguments as their input and always return a single value as their output. You can’t construct functions. You can call functions from River’s standard library or export them from a component.

If a function fails, the expression isn’t evaluated, and an error is reported.

Standard library functions

River contains a standard library of functions. Some functions enable interaction with the host system, for example, reading from an environment variable. Some functions allow for more complex expressions, for example, concatenating arrays or decoding JSON strings into objects.