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chef_install_configure_collectd (22) Versions 0.1.4

Use this cookbook to install the SignalFx collectd agent and collectd plugins.

cookbook 'chef_install_configure_collectd', '= 0.1.4', :supermarket
cookbook 'chef_install_configure_collectd', '= 0.1.4'
knife supermarket install chef_install_configure_collectd
knife supermarket download chef_install_configure_collectd
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Use this cookbook to install and configure collectd to send data to SignalFx. It can perform the following tasks:

  • Install SignalFx's build of collectd, an open-source monitoring daemon.
  • Install and configure SignalFx's metadata plugin for collectd
  • Configure collectd's write_http plugin to send data to SignalFx
  • Install and configure collectd plugins for data collection from the following software:
    • Apache webserver
    • Docker
    • Cassandra
    • ElasticSearch
    • Kafka
    • Memcached
    • MySQL
    • Nginx
    • Varnish
    • Zookeeper
    • Postgres
    • Redis
    • MongoDB (beta)

System Requirements

This cookbook has been tested on the following operating systems:

CentOS 6, 7;

Amazon Linux 1503, 1509;

Ubuntu 1504, 1404, 1204;

Debian GNU/Linux 7, 8;

Cookbook dependencies

This cookbook requires the following cookbooks:

  • apt (2.8.2)
  • yum-epel (0.6.3)
  • build-essential (2.2.4)
  • yum (3.8.1)
  • python (1.4.6)


  • Use the default recipe to install collectd, configure plugins, and configure collectd to send metrics to SignalFx.
  • Use the individual collectd plugin recipes to install individual collectd plugins.

1. Install on your local machine

knife cookbook site install chef_install_configure_collectd

This command installs the chef_install_configure_collectd cookbook with all dependencies.

2. Supply your SignalFx API token.

In order to send data to SignalFx, you must provide a value for your SignalFx API token in attributes/default.rb as follows, replacing YOUR_SIGNALFX_API_TOKEN with the API token for your SignalFx organization:

default['write_http']['API_TOKEN'] = 'YOUR_SIGNALFX_API_TOKEN'

3. (Optional) Supply configuration for collectd and plugins.

This cookbook includes default configuration for collectd in attributes/default.rb, and for plugins in individually-named files in the attributes directory. Before using this cookbook to install collectd plugins, supply configuration values for each plugin you will install in that plugin's attributes file.

See Attributes below for a detailed list of all available attributes.

4. Upload to Chef server

knife cookbook upload chef_install_configure_collectd --include-dependencies

This command uploads the chef_install_configure_collectd cookbook and all its dependencies to your Chef server.

5. Apply to Chef clients

Using bootstrap

After supplying attributes, use knife bootstrap to apply the recipes to Chef clients. For example, the following command applies the chef_install_configure_collectd recipe and installs the Apache collectd plugin:

knife bootstrap $ip --ssh-user $username --node-name $nodename --run-list 'recipe[chef_install_configure_collectd], recipe[chef_install_configure_collectd::config-apache]'


Collectd Attributes

  • attributes/SignalFx_repo.rb - Contains the names and locations of SignalFx collectd packages.
  • attributes/default.rb - Basic attributes for SignalFx configuration.

    • default['write_http']['AWS_integration'] : 'true' if you want to sync AWS metadata to SignalFx, otherwise 'false' (default: 'true')
    • default['write_http']['Ingest_host'] : URL of the SignalFx ingest service.
    • default['write_http']['API_TOKEN'] : Your SignalFx API token.
    • default['collectd_version'] : The version of SignalFx collectd to install. (default: 'latest')
  • To add a dimension to every datapoint sent to SignalFx, add an entry to default.rb as follows:

   default["write_http"]["Ingest_host_parameters"]["YOUR_KEY1"] = "YOUR_VALUE1"
   default["write_http"]["Ingest_host_parameters"]["YOUR_KEY2"] = "YOUR_VALUE2"

Plugin-specific Attributes


  • attributes/apache_plugin.rb
    • default['apache']['instanceName'] : Name of your Apache instance
    • default['apache']['url'] : URL at which to access the output of Apache's mod_status module. (default: 'http://localhost/mod_status?auto')


  • attributes/cassandra_plugin.rb
    • default['cassandra']['serviceurl'] : Your Cassandra service URL (default: 'service:jmx:rmi:///jndi/rmi://localhost:7199/jmxrmi')


  • attributes/docker_plugin.rb
    • default['docker']['dbfile_folder'] : The location on disk to store this plugin's DB files. (default: '/opt/setup/scripts')
    • default['docker']['python_folder'] : The location on disk to store this plugin's Python files. (default: '/opt/setup/scripts')
    • default['docker']['base_url'] : URL at which to connect to the Docker instance to be monitored. (default : 'unix://var/run/docker.sock')


  • attributes/elasticsearch_plugin.rb
    • default['elasticsearch']['clustername'] : Name of your ElasticSearch cluster. (default: 'elasticsearch')
    • default['elasticsearch']['indexes'] : Which indexes to monitor. (default: '_all')
    • default['elasticsearch']['python_folder'] : The location on disk of the collectd Python plugin. (default: '/usr/share/collectd/python')


  • attributes/kafka_plugin.rb
    • default['kafka']['serviceurl'] : Your Kafka service URL (default: 'service:jmx:rmi:///jndi/rmi://localhost:7099/jmxrmi')


  • attributes/memcached_plugin.rb
    • default['memcached']['hostname'] : Memcached hostname
    • default['memcached']['port'] : Memcached port


  • attributes/mysql_plugin.rb
    • default['mysql']['database']... : 'database' is the database name that will be reported to SignalFx.
    • default['mysql']['database']['Host'] : IP address of MySQL database
    • default['mysql']['database']['Socket'] : Socket of MySQL database
    • default['mysql']['database']['User'] : Database username
    • default['mysql']['database']['Password'] : Database password
    • default['mysql']['database']['Database'] : Database name



  • attributes/postgresql_plugin.rb
    • default['postgresql']['hostname'] : Hostname or IP address of your PostgreSQL database.
    • default['postgresql']['user'] : Database username
    • default['postgresql']['password'] : Database password


  • attributes/redis_master_plugin.rb

    • default['redis_master']['hostname'] : Hostname or IP address of your Redis master instance.
    • default['redis_master']['port'] : Port on which your Redis master runs.
    • default['redis_master']['python_folder'] : The location on disk of the collectd Python plugin. (default: '/usr/share/collectd/python')
  • attributes/redis_slave_plugin.rb

    • default['redis_slave']['hostname'] : Hostname or IP address of your Redis slave instance.
    • default['redis_slave']['port'] : Port on which your Redis slave runs.
    • default['redis_slave']['python_folder'] : The location on disk of the collectd Python plugin. (default: '/usr/share/collectd/python')


  • attributes/zookeeper_plugin.rb
    • default['zookeeper']['hostname'] = Hostname or IP address of your Zookeeper instance.
    • default['zookeeper']['port'] : Port on which your Zookeeper instance runs.
    • default['zookeeper']['python_folder'] : The location on disk of the collectd Python plugin. (default: '/usr/share/collectd/python')

License & Author

Author:: SignalFx Inc (

Copyright::2015, SignalFx, Inc.

Dependent cookbooks

apt > 2.8
python > 1.4

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.


  • add types.db to chef for plugin update collectd.conf to reflect modern day
  • fix chef install and configuration
  • add foodcritic
  • fix amazon install and logging


  • Support Debian GNU/Linux 7, 8
  • Add ChefUniqueId as a dimension


  • Fix the bug about more bak file of collectd.conf file


  • Initial release.
  • Implement the basic 3 recipes to install collectd:
  • default recipe to install collectd-collectd
  • configure recipe to configure collectd
  • write-http recipe to configure the write-http plugin of collectd to send metrics to signalfx

Foodcritic Metric

0.1.4 passed this metric