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Grafana App for Kubernetes

Kubernetes is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications.

The Grafana Kubernetes App allows you to monitor your Kubernetes cluster's performance. It includes 4 dashboards, Cluster, Node, Pod/Container and Deployment. It allows for the automatic deployment of the required Prometheus exporters and a default scrape config to use with your in cluster Prometheus deployment. The metrics collected are high-level cluster and node stats as well as lower level pod and container stats. Use the high-level metrics to alert on and the low-level metrics to troubleshoot.

Container Dashboard

Container Dashboard

Node Dashboard


  1. Currently only has support for Prometheus
  2. For automatic deployment of the exporters, then Kubernetes 1.6 or higher is required.
  3. Grafana 5.0.0+


  • The app uses Kubernetes tags to allow you to filter pod metrics. Kubernetes clusters tend to have a lot of pods and a lot of pod metrics. The Pod/Container dashboard leverages the pod tags so you can easily find the relevant pod or pods.

  • Easy installation of exporters, either a one click deploy from Grafana or detailed instructions to deploy them manually them with kubectl (also quite easy!)

  • Cluster level metrics that are not available in Heapster, like CPU Capacity vs CPU Usage.

Cluster Metrics

  • Pod Capacity/Usage
  • Memory Capacity/Usage
  • CPU Capacity/Usage
  • Disk Capacity/Usage
  • Overview of Nodes, Pods and Containers

Node Metrics

  • CPU
  • Memory Available
  • Load per CPU
  • Read IOPS
  • Write IOPS
  • %Util
  • Network Traffic/second
  • Network Packets/second
  • Network Errors/second

Pod/Container Metrics

  • Memory Usage
  • Network Traffic
  • CPU Usage
  • Read IOPS
  • Write IOPS

Connect your cluster

  1. Install the plugin per the Installation instructions.

  2. Go to the Cluster List page via the Kubernetes app menu.

    Cluster List in main menu

  3. Click the New Cluster button.

  4. Fill in the Auth details for your cluster.

    TLS certs/keys must be provided in plaintext, not base64 encoded form. For example:

    -----END CERTIFICATE-----
  5. Choose the Prometheus datasource that will be used for reading data in the dashboards.

  6. Click Deploy. This will deploy a Node Exporter DaemonSet, to collect health metrics for every node, and a Deployment that collects cluster metrics.

Feedback and Questions

Please submit any issues with the app on Github.