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ZFS Exporter

Prometheus exporter for ZFS (pools, filesystems, snapshots and volumes). Other implementations exist, however performance can be quite variable, producing occasional timeouts (and associated alerts). This exporter was built with a few features aimed at allowing users to avoid collecting more than they need to, and to ensure timeouts cannot occur, but that we eventually return useful data:

  • Pool selection - allow the user to select which pools are collected
  • Multiple collectors - allow the user to select which data types are collected (pools, filesystems, snapshots and volumes)
  • Collection deadline and caching - if the collection duration exceeds the configured deadline, cached data from the last run will be returned for any metrics that have not yet been collected, and the current collection run will continue in the background. Collections will not run concurrently, so that when a system is running slowly, we don't compound the problem - if an existing collection is still running, cached data will be returned.


Download the latest release for your platform, and unpack it somewhere on your filesystem.

You may also build the latest version using Go v1.11+ via go get:

go get -u


usage: zfs_exporter [<flags>]

  -h, --help              Show context-sensitive help (also try --help-long and
                          Enable the dataset-filesystem collector (default:
                          Enable the dataset-snapshot collector (default:
                          Enable the dataset-volume collector (default: enabled)
      --collector.pool    Enable the pool collector (default: enabled)
                          Address on which to expose metrics and web interface.
                          Path under which to expose metrics.
      --deadline=8s       Maximum duration that a collection should run before
                          returning cached data. Should be set to a value
                          shorter than your scrape timeout duration. The current
                          collection run will continue and update the cache when
                          complete (default: 8s)
      --pool=POOL ...     Name of the pool(s) to collect, repeat for multiple
                          pools (default: all pools).
      --log.level="info"  Only log messages with the given severity or above.
                          Valid levels: [debug, info, warn, error, fatal]
                          Set the log target and format. Example:
                          "logger:syslog?appname=bob&local=7" or
      --version           Show application version.

Collectors that are enabled by default can be negated by prefixing the flag with --no-*, ie:

zfs_exporter --no-collector.dataset-filesystem


The collector may need to be run as root on some platforms (ie - Linux prior to ZFS v0.7.0).

Whilst inspiration was taken from some of the alternative ZFS collectors, metric names may not be compatible.


In no particular order, here are some alternative implementations: