Snap plugin for collecting cgroups metrics using libcontainer library for cgroup statistics.
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Snap plugin for collecting cgroups metrics using libcontainer library for cgroup statistics.

WARNING: This plugin requires root privileges to run. Use with caution.

  1. Getting Started
  1. Documentation
  1. Community Support
  2. Contributing
  3. License
  4. Acknowledgements

Getting Started

System Requirements

  • Snap daemon (snapd) started with root permissions
  • golang 1.5+ - needed only for building

Operating systems

All OSs currently supported by Snap:

  • Linux/amd64


Download plugin binary:

You can get the pre-built binaries for your OS and architecture at snap's Github Releases page.

To build the plugin binary:

Fork Clone repo into $GOPATH/src/github/intelsdi-x/:

$ git clone<yourGithubID>/snap-plugin-collector-cgroups

Build the plugin by running make in repo:

$ make

This builds the plugin in /build/sysdevfs


Collected Metrics

This plugin has the ability to gather all rootfs cgroups metrics from /sys/fs/cgroup. See for full metrics list.


Here is an example of using Snap cgroups collector and getting cgroups data remotely via REST API in real time.

A Task Manifest is required to select what data you want to collect. You can find an example Task Manifest file in examples/tasks/ directory:

    "version": 1,
    "schedule": {
        "type": "simple",
        "interval": "5s"
    "workflow": {
        "collect": {
            "metrics": {
                "/intel/linux/cgroups/hugetlb_stats/*/*/failcnt": {},
                "/intel/linux/cgroups/hugetlb_stats/*/*/max_usage": {},
                "/intel/linux/cgroups/hugetlb_stats/*/*/usage": {}

This Task Manifest collects a portion of statistics from all cgroup subsystems (blkio, cpu, hugetlb, memory, pids) continously every 5 seconds.


If you've got Snap installed, you need to start snap daemon with root permissions and plugin trust mode:

$ sudo snapd -t 0

Then, in another terminal window, load the plugin:

$ snapctl plugin load snap-plugin-collector-cgroups
Plugin loaded
Name: cgroups
Version: 2
Type: collector
Signed: false
Loaded Time: Thu, 12 May 2016 11:36:40 CEST

To see all available metrics:

$ snapctl metric list

To load example task (examples/tasks/cgroups.json):

$ snapctl task create -t cgroups.json
Using task manifest to create task
Task created
ID: 99541dbf-0395-4858-a05d-f62937fc6b82
Name: Task-99541dbf-0395-4858-a05d-f62937fc6b82
State: Running

You can preview task responses using:

$ snapctl task watch 99541dbf-0395-4858-a05d-f62937fc6b82

Example response:

Watching Task (012bd95e-bfc5-493f-875f-4c85dd7a2f61):
NAMESPACE                                                DATA    TIMESTAMP
/intel/linux/cgroups/hugetlb_stats/root/2MB/failcnt      0       2016-05-24 15:34:45.455812812 +0200 CEST
/intel/linux/cgroups/hugetlb_stats/root/2MB/max_usage    0       2016-05-24 15:34:45.455933449 +0200 CEST
/intel/linux/cgroups/hugetlb_stats/root/2MB/usage        0       2016-05-24 15:34:45.456032188 +0200 CEST

Now if your task works and returns data, you can get the data via REST API:

curl -L http://localhost:8181/v1/tasks/\<task id\>

That's it!


There isn't a current roadmap for this plugin. As we launch this plugin, we do not have any outstanding requirements for the next release.

If you have a feature request, please add it as an issue and feel free to then submit a pull request.

Community Support

This repository is one of many plugins in Snap, the open telemetry framework. See the full project at To reach out to other users, head to the main framework.


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And thank you! Your contribution, through code and participation, is incredibly important to us.


Snap, along with this plugin, is an Open Source software released under the Apache 2.0 License.


And thank you! Your contribution, through code and participation, is incredibly important to us.