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otelcol.exporter.prometheus accepts OTLP-formatted metrics from other otelcol components, converts metrics to Prometheus-formatted metrics, and forwards the resulting metrics to prometheus components.

NOTE: otelcol.exporter.prometheus is a custom component unrelated to the prometheus exporter from OpenTelemetry Collector.

Conversion of metrics are done according to the OpenTelemetry Metrics Data Model specification.

Multiple otelcol.exporter.prometheus components can be specified by giving them different labels.


otelcol.exporter.prometheus "LABEL" {
  forward_to = [...]


otelcol.exporter.prometheus supports the following arguments:

include_target_infobooleanWhether to include target_info metrics.trueno
include_scope_infobooleanWhether to include otel_scope_info metrics.falseno
include_scope_labelsbooleanWhether to include additional OTLP labels in all metrics.trueno
add_metric_suffixesbooleanWhether to add type and unit suffixes to metrics names.trueno
gc_frequencydurationHow often to clean up stale metrics from memory."5m"no
forward_tolist(receiver)Where to forward converted Prometheus metrics.yes

By default, OpenTelemetry resources are converted into target_info metrics. OpenTelemetry instrumentation scopes are converted into otel_scope_info metrics. Set the include_scope_info and include_target_info arguments to false, respectively, to disable the custom metrics.

When include_scope_labels is true the otel_scope_name and otel_scope_version labels are added to every converted metric sample.

When include_target_info is true, OpenTelemetry Collector resources are converted into target_info metrics.

Exported fields

The following fields are exported and can be referenced by other components:

inputotelcol.ConsumerA value that other components can use to send telemetry data to.

input accepts otelcol.Consumer data for metrics. Other telemetry signals are ignored.

Metrics sent to the input are converted to Prometheus-compatible metrics and are forwarded to the forward_to argument.

The following are dropped during the conversion process:

  • Metrics that use the delta aggregation temporality
  • ExponentialHistogram data points

Component health

otelcol.exporter.prometheus is only reported as unhealthy if given an invalid configuration.

Debug information

otelcol.exporter.prometheus does not expose any component-specific debug information.


This example accepts metrics over OTLP and forwards it using prometheus.remote_write:

otelcol.receiver.otlp "default" {
  grpc {}

  output {
    metrics = [otelcol.exporter.prometheus.default.input]

otelcol.exporter.prometheus "default" {
  forward_to = [prometheus.remote_write.mimir.receiver]

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