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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Controller metrics

The Grafana Agent Flow component controller exposes Prometheus metrics which can be used to investigate the controller state.

Metrics for the controller are exposed at the /metrics HTTP endpoint of the Grafana Agent HTTP server, which defaults to listening on http://localhost:12345.

The documentation for the [grafana-agent run][grafana-agent run] command describes how to modify the address Grafana Agent listens on for HTTP traffic.

The controller exposes the following metrics:

  • agent_component_controller_evaluating (Gauge): Set to 1 whenever the component controller is currently evaluating components. Note that this value may be misrepresented depending on how fast evaluations complete or how often evaluations occur.
  • agent_component_controller_running_components (Gauge): The current number of running components by health. The health is represented in the health_type label.
  • agent_component_evaluation_seconds (Histogram): The time it takes to evaluate components after one of their dependencies is updated.
  • agent_component_dependencies_wait_seconds (Histogram): Time spent by components waiting to be evaluated after one of their dependencies is updated.
  • agent_component_evaluation_queue_size (Gauge): The current number of component evaluations waiting to be performed.