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Alerta Release 3.0

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The alerta monitoring tool was developed with the following aims in mind:

  • distributed and de-coupled so that it is SCALABLE
  • minimal CONFIGURATION that easily accepts alerts from any source
  • quick at-a-glance VISUALISATION with drill-down to detail

console

More screenshots are available here

Related projects can be found here.

Requirements

The only requirement is MongoDB. Everything else is optional.

Optional

A messaging transport that supports AMQP is required for notification to alert subscribers. It is recommended to use RabbitMQ, but Redis and even MongoDB have been tested and shown to work. YMMV.

Installation

To install and configure on Debian/Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install mongodb-server

To use RabbitMQ as the message transport:

$ sudo apt-get install rabbitmq-server

To use MongoDB as the message transport instead of RabbitMQ, add the following to /etc/alerta/alerta.conf:

amqp_url = mongodb://localhost:27017/kombu

And to use Redis as the message transport:

amqp_url = redis://localhost:6379/

To install from git:

$ git clone https://github.com/guardian/alerta.git alerta
$ cd alerta
$ sudo pip install -r requirements.txt
$ sudo python setup.py install

To use the alert console modify $HOME/.alerta.conf so that the API uses a free port and static content can be found:

[DEFAULT]
endpoint = http://localhost:8080

[alerta-dashboard]
dashboard_dir = /path/to/alerta/dashboard/v2/assets/

For example, if the repo was cloned to /home/foobar/git/alerta then the dashboard_dir directory path will be /home/foobar/git/alerta/dashboard/v2/assets/.

To start alerta simply run:

$ alerta

To run in DEBUG mode and send log output to stderr:

$ alerta --debug --use-stderr
$ alerta-dashboard --debug --use-stderr          <--- listens on port 5000 in dev, 80 in prod

And then the alert console can be found at:

http://localhost:5000/dashboard/index.html

To see some test alerts in the console run:

$ contrib/examples/create-new-alert.sh

More Information

See the alerta docs. Feedback welcome.

Contribute

If you'd like to hack on Alerta, start by forking this repo on GitHub.

http://github.com/guardian/alerta

License

Alerta monitoring system and console
Copyright 2012 Guardian News & Media

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

    http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

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