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.

Important: This documentation is about an older version. It's relevant only to the release noted, many of the features and functions have been updated or replaced. Please view the current version.

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Grafana Agent Operator (Beta)

The Grafana Agent Operator is a Kubernetes operator that makes it easier to deploy the Grafana Agent and collect telemetry data from your pods. It is currently in Beta, and is subject to change at any time.

It works by watching for Kubernetes custom resources that specify how you would like to collect telemetry data from your Kubernetes cluster and where you would like to send it. They abstract Kubernetes-specific configuration that is more tedious to perform manually. The Grafana Agent Operator manages corresponding Grafana Agent deployments in your cluster by watching for changes against the custom resources.

Metric collection is based on the Prometheus Operator and supports the official v1 ServiceMonitor, PodMonitor, and Probe CRDs from the project. These custom resources represent abstractions for monitoring services, pods, and ingresses. They are especially useful for Helm users, where manually writing a generic SD to match all your charts can be difficult (or impossible!) or where manually writing a specific SD for each chart can be tedious.