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otelcol.receiver.prometheus receives Prometheus metrics, converts them to the OpenTelemetry metrics format, and forwards them to other otelcol.* components.

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


otelcol.receiver.prometheus "LABEL" {
  output {
    metrics = [...]


otelcol.receiver.prometheus doesn’t support any arguments and is configured fully through inner blocks.


The following blocks are supported inside the definition of otelcol.receiver.prometheus:

outputoutputConfigures where to send received telemetry data.yes

output block

The output block configures a set of components to forward resulting telemetry data to.

The following arguments are supported:

logslist(otelcol.Consumer)List of consumers to send logs to.[]no
metricslist(otelcol.Consumer)List of consumers to send metrics to.[]no
traceslist(otelcol.Consumer)List of consumers to send traces to.[]no

You must specify the output block, but all its arguments are optional. By default, telemetry data is dropped. Configure the metrics, logs, and traces arguments accordingly to send telemetry data to other components.

Exported fields

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

receiverMetricsReceiverA value that other components can use to send Prometheus metrics to.

Component health

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

Debug information

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


This example uses the otelcol.receiver.prometheus component as a bridge between the Prometheus and OpenTelemetry ecosystems. The component exposes a receiver which the prometheus.scrape component uses to send Prometheus metric data to. The metrics are converted to the OTLP format before they are forwarded to the otelcol.exporter.otlp component to be sent to an OTLP-capable endpoint:

prometheus.scrape "default" {
    // Collect metrics from the default HTTP listen address.
    targets = [{"__address__"   = ""}]

    forward_to = [otelcol.receiver.prometheus.default.receiver]

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

otelcol.exporter.otlp "default" {
  client {
    endpoint = env("OTLP_ENDPOINT")

Compatible components

otelcol.receiver.prometheus can accept arguments from the following components:

otelcol.receiver.prometheus has exports that can be consumed by the following components:


Connecting some components may not be sensible or components may require further configuration to make the connection work correctly. Refer to the linked documentation for more details.