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A simple MongoDB stats exporter with replicaSet support

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Mgo-exporter is a small stats & metrics open-source exporter for MongoDB with extensible forwarding support to different data sources (currently supporting forwarding to a file or a TCP Logstash listener).


  • Export server metrics exposed by MongoDB
  • Export replicaSet status exposed by MongoDB
  • Get insight from your replicaSet with calculation of the largest lag between 2 members
  • Get information about the size of your databases


Mgo-exporter is available in many form for the Linux platform, you can install it via:

  • A system package (deb & rpm) available for download on the Latest Release Page
  • A Docker Container available on the DockerHub
  • go get by running go get (requires Go 1.6 or newer)

Quick Start

To see an example of the data being exported by the mgo-exporter once installed and assuming your MongoDB is accessible via, run:


Running with Docker

Running the exporter via Docker is as easy as running it in the command line, container takes the exact same options and environment variable as the binary version.

docker run --restart=always \
           --link mongo:mongo \
           --link logstash:logstash \
           -e MGOEXPORT_REPL="myReplicaSet" \
           -e MGOEXPORT_FORWARDER="logstash://logstash:2000" \
           blippar/mgo-exporter mongo:27017

Running with a system package

By installing mgo-exporter via a system package, it will automatically add a systemd unit file as well as a sysconfig style configuration file. Once installed via one of the following command:

# Centos
sudo yum install mgo-exporter_*.x86_64.rpm
# Debian
sudo dpkg -i mgo-exporter_*

You will be able to configuration your software by editing /etc/sysconfig/mgo-exporter which contains the following:


Once edited and configured you can run the mgo-exporter as any other daemon for systemd:

# Start the exporter
sudo systemctl start mgo-exporter
# Automatically start with the system
sudo systemctl enable mgo-exporter



Usage: mgo-exporter [--repl REPL] [--forwarder FORWARDER] [--logfile LOGFILE] [--verbose] [--quiet] MONGODB [DATABASE [DATABASE ...]]

Positional arguments:
  MONGODB                Mongo URI for the node to connect to
  DATABASE               database name to monitor

  --repl REPL, -r REPL   replicaSet name to monitor [env: MGOEXPORT_REPL]
  --forwarder FORWARDER, -f FORWARDER
                         forwarder URI to send messages to [env: MGOEXPORT_FORWARDER] [default: file:///dev/stdout?pretty]
  --logfile LOGFILE, -l LOGFILE
                         file to output logs to [env: MGOEXPORT_LOGFILE] [default: /dev/stderr]
  --verbose, -v          enable a more verbose logging
  --quiet, -q            enable quieter logging
  --help, -h             display this help and exit

Extends what is monitored

By default mgo-exporter will export most of the fields available by running db.serverStatus() on your MongoDB instance, though you can extend what it will export by asking it to also output information about your databases as well as your replicaSet.

For example the following command will export information about the database test as well as information about the myReplSet replicaSet.

mgo-exporter --replicaSet myReplSet test

To see exactly what is exposed at any point, check the Specifications section of this documentation.

Forward your data

When no forwarder is explicitly specified, mgo-exporter will print the gathered information to /dev/stdout, in order for those data to be useful you might want to store them or send them to another entity to be processed.

Store data in a file

Right out of the box, you can write those data to a file (here /var/log/mongo-metrics.log) by running the exporter in the following way:

mgo-exporter --forwarder file:///var/log/mongo-metrics.log
Export them to an ELK Stack

Another solution is to forward those data to a Logstash instance in order to store them in a Database, this repository contains sample configuration to use the exporter with an ELK (ElasticSearch, Logstash & Kibana) pipeline.

In this example we will use a Logstash instance setup using the configuration available here and this mapping, this configuration get the raw message exported by the mgo-exporter and split all dbStats elements in its own document (for a better indexing on ElasticSearch).

In order to forward your data to it, you will just need to run the following:

mgo-exporter --forwarder logstash://

This is the setup we recommend and thus we have created a sample Kibana (5.4+) configuration for such setup so we can visualize those data cleanly. We created different visualizations as well as a Dashboard that can be imported using the kibana/ script we've created. This script will create everything you need prefixed with the mgo- prefix for easy cleanup.

More forwarders

To see all available forwarder as well as how to configure them, check the Available forwarder section of this documentation.

Running in production

The mgo-exporter has been created in order to monitor our production MongoDB and thus should be fitting if you are looking for something similar.

Though we recommend the following configuration for such a setup:

  • Run the exporter alongside your MongoDB on the same host for better latency between the exporter and MongoDB
  • Either use the Docker container or one of our system package while installing the exporter (our packages contains everything needed to supervise the exporter via systemd)
  • Forward your data to an external source (we initially built this software to export MongoDB metrics to an ELK stack)


Building it

All elements of mgo-exporter can be built via a Makefile at the root of this repository, available rules are the followings:

  • make exporter: create a binary for your current system under bin/mgo-exporter
  • make static: create a static binary targeted at Linux based system under bin/mgo-exporter
  • make rpm: create a RPM package for x86_64 system
  • make deb: create a DEB package for x86_64 system
  • make docker: create the blippar/mgo-exporter Docker Container (tagged with the current version)
  • make dist: create a RPM and a DEB package as well as the Docker Container
  • make generate_schemas: regenerate JSON-Schema files in documentations/schemas/*.json
  • make clean: remove all files that would be created by make exporter rpm deb

NOTE: system package created from this Makefile comes packages with a static binary of mgo-exporter, a systemd init script as well as sysconfig config file.

Testing it

A complete docker-compose stack is available in this repository to test how the software would work, by running docker-compose up -d, this stack will create:

  • 3 MongoDB setup in a replicaSet (named: mgoExporterSet) with 3 different priority
  • 3 mgo-exporter setup to export each nodes information to a Logstash pipeline
  • 1 Logstash setup to split DBStats elements in their own document and forward those documents to ElasticSearch
  • 1 ElasticSearch to store the data forwarded by logstash
  • 1 Kibana to show those data using our visualizations and dashboards
  • 2 provisioning scripts:
    • One to setup the MongoDB replicaSet
    • The other to import index-pattern, visualizations and dashboard to Kibana

From there you can test how this stack would work in a replicaSet configuration by inserting / updating / deleting documents as well as emulate replicaLag. Some manual test used to create the visualizations currently present in this repository are available in the docker/compose/


Exported top level fields output

Exported fields Command Format When
time n/a date-time Always
mongo n/a schema Always
serverStatus db.serverStatus() schema When connected to MONGODB
[]dbStats db.stats() schema When at least one DATABASE argument is passed and
_ _ _ - with --repl REPL: when connected to the primary
_ _ _ - without --repl: when connected to MONGODB
replStatus rs.Status() schema When connected and run with --repl REPL
nodeReplInfo generated schema When connected and run with --repl REPL

Available forwarders

Exporter Configuration Description
logstash logstash://{logstash_addr}:{logstash_port} Send exported data to a Logstash TCP endpoint (compatible with codec=>json)
file file://{file_path}[?pretty] Store exported data in a logfile defined by {file_path}
_ _ If ?pretty is specified, the json output will be prettified


Thanks to 0rax for his work on the logo. This logo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.