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  1. Sign the CLA.
  2. Open a new issue to discuss the changes you would like to make. This is not strictly required but it may help reduce the amount of rework you need to do later.
  3. Make changes or write plugin using the guidelines in the following documents:
  4. Ensure you have added proper unit tests and documentation.
  5. Open a new pull request.

Contributing an External Plugin (experimental)

Input, output, and processor plugins written for internal Telegraf can be run as externally-compiled plugins through the Execd Input, Execd Output, and Execd Processor Plugins without having to change the plugin code.

Follow the guidelines of how to integrate your plugin with the Execd Go Shim to easily compile it as a separate app and run it with the respective execd plugin. Check out our guidelines on how to build and set up your external plugins to run with execd.

Security Vulnerability Reporting

InfluxData takes security and our users' trust very seriously. If you believe you have found a security issue in any of our open source projects, please responsibly disclose it by contacting More details about security vulnerability reporting, including our GPG key, can be found here.


Public interfaces for inputs, outputs, processors, aggregators, metrics, and the accumulator can be found in the GoDoc:


Common development tasks

Adding a dependency:

Telegraf uses Go modules. Assuming you can already build the project, run this in the telegraf directory:

  1. go get[dependency]/[new-package]

Unit Tests:

Before opening a pull request you should run the linter checks and the short tests.

make check
make test

Execute integration tests:


Running the integration tests requires several docker containers to be running. You can start the containers with:

docker-compose up

And run the full test suite with:

make test-all

Use make docker-kill to stop the containers.

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