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Ansible Role for Stackdriver

This Ansible role installs the Stackdriver monitoring agent (which is based on collectd) and configures its plugins for monitoring third-party applications.

Install this directory in your roles path (usually in a roles directory alongside your playbook) under the name stackdriver:

git clone this-git-repo roles/stackdriver


The agent must be configured with an API key, which you can create by signing into the Stackdriver web console and looking for the "API Keys" tab in your account settings.

Role Variables

You must provide the API key in your playbook:

stackdriver_api_key: "REQUIRED"

By default, no plugins are enabled, in which case the agent will only monitor certain system resources. (Moreover, all of the following variables are ignored when deploying to Windows.)

Each plugin is enabled using a variable like stackdriver_PLUGIN_enabled -- e.g., stackdriver_apache_enabled -- where the default value is no.

For many of the plugins, simply enabling the plugin may suffice in simple cases. In particular, please note that specifying a host to monitor other than localhost is atypical, as the Stackdriver service assumes that the data sent by the agent pertains to the host on which the agent is running.

The YAML snippets below are excerpted from defaults/main.yml to summarize the variables and default values available for you to override.


The default URL uses, which resolves to, as an alias for localhost, so that the web server status page can be served from a named virtual host defined for this purpose. See Stackdriver's instructions regarding how to configure Apache accordingly.

stackdriver_apache_enabled: no

stackdriver_apache_username: ""
stackdriver_apache_password: ""


The default URL is appropriate for elasticsearch version 1.0 and later. For earlier versions, use http://localhost:9200/_cluster/nodes/_local/stats?all=true.

stackdriver_elasticsearch_enabled: no
stackdriver_elasticsearch_url: http://localhost:9200/_nodes/_local/stats/


stackdriver_memcached_enabled: no

stackdriver_memcached_host: localhost
stackdriver_memcached_port: 11211


stackdriver_mongodb_enabled: no

stackdriver_mongodb_host: localhost
stackdriver_mongodb_port: 27017

stackdriver_mongodb_username: ""
stackdriver_mongodb_password: ""

stackdriver_mongodb_prefer_secondary_query: false


When connecting to the MySQL server, the host name localhost means to use a Unix domain socket. The default socket file will be used if none is specified. To connect via TCP/IP, specify a host name of The default port is 3306.

You need to provide the user name and password of the user who will run the SHOW STATUS command.

The mysql plugin requires the mysql-client package.

stackdriver_mysql_enabled: no

stackdriver_mysql_host: localhost
#stackdriver_mysql_port: 3306
#stackdriver_mysql_socket: "..."

stackdriver_mysql_username: root
stackdriver_mysql_password: ""


Like for Apache, the default URL for nginx uses as an alias for localhost. See Stackdriver's instructions for how to configure nginx accordingly.

stackdriver_nginx_enabled: no

stackdriver_nginx_username: ""
stackdriver_nginx_password: ""


When connceting to PostgreSQL the plugin will connect using a local Unix socket. To connect via TCP/IP, specify a host name of The default port is 5432. If a port is provided without a host name, the pluggin will use Unix domain socket to connect to the database. The port is incorporated into the path: /var/run/postgresql/.s.PGSQL.5432.

You need to provide the user name and password of the user who will run the \dt command for each database specified. By default the user is stackdriver-agent with a blank password. If the defaults are sufficient for you then make sure the user can connect by adding the following to your pg_hba.conf file:

local   all     stackdriver-agent   md5

or for TCP connections:

host    all     stackdriver-agent     md5

The PostgreSQL plugin requires the libpg package.

stackdriver_postgresql_enabled: no

stackdriver_postgresql_databases: []
# stackdriver_postgresql_host:
stackdriver_postgresql_port: 5432
stackdriver_postgresql_user: stackdriver-agent
stackdriver_postgresql_password: ""


To configure monitoring of RabbitMQ, you must provide a list of dictionaries specifying the queues to be monitored. For each queue, you need only specify the name:

# Example
stackdriver_rabbitmq_enabled: yes
 - name: hello
stackdriver_rabbitmq_enabled: no
stackdriver_rabbitmq_queues: []

stackdriver_rabbitmq_username: guest
stackdriver_rabbitmq_password: guest

stackdriver_rabbitmq_host: localhost
stackdriver_rabbitmq_port: 15672    # Change this to 55672 for versions < 3.0.
stackdriver_rabbitmq_vhost: "%2F"   # "%2F" encodes "/", the default virtual host.

Be sure to also enable the RabbitMQ management plugin.


The redis plugin requires the hiredis library, which this role installs if the plugin is enabled. On Red Hat and derivatives (CentOS, Amazon Linux...), the library is installed from the EPEL repository, which must be configured, but need not be enabled. It is configured and disabled by default on Amazon Linux. On other Red Hat systems, you can install it with yum install epel-release.

stackdriver_redis_enabled: no

stackdriver_redis_host: localhost
stackdriver_redis_port: 6379
stackdriver_redis_password: ""

stackdriver_redis_timeout: 2000     # Seconds

Other variables

Setting the following variable to yes will cause existing configuration files for disabled plugins to be removed. In that case, the role will not be additive, and applying it more than once to the same host (perhaps because the host is in multiple groups) is likely to yield surprising results.

stackdriver_remove_unmanaged: no

Setting the following variable to yes will cause the agent to log to /var/log/collectd.log in addition to logging to syslog. This can be useful for debugging.

stackdriver_logfile_enabled: no

Setting the following variable to yes will cause Ansible to send annotation events reporting successful installation of the agent or updating of its configuration on the monitoring dashboard. This feature currently does not work on Google Cloud Platform.

stackdriver_events_enabled: no

Example Playbook

Here is a simple example of monitoring Apache:

# Example
- hosts: webservers
  sudo: yes
    - secrets.yml   # API key is defined here.
    - role: stackdriver
      stackdriver_apache_enabled: yes

Here is an example of monitoring RabbitMQ:

# Example
- hosts: rabbits
  sudo: yes
    - secrets.yml   # API key is defined here.
    - role: stackdriver
      stackdriver_rabbitmq_enabled: yes
      stackdriver_rabbitmq_username: "stackdriver"
      stackdriver_rabbitmq_password: "PASSWORD"
        - name: hello


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