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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Command-line interface

When in Flow mode, the grafana-agent binary exposes a command-line interface with subcommands to perform various operations.

The most common subcommand is run which accepts a config file and starts Grafana Agent Flow.

Available commands:

  • grafana-agent run: Start Grafana Agent Flow, given a config file.
  • grafana-agent fmt: Format a Grafana Agent Flow config file.
  • grafana-agent completion: Generate shell completion for the grafana-agent CLI.
  • grafana-agent help: Print help for supported commands.