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What Does It Do?


docker-alertd monitors docker containers on a host machine and sends alerts via email when usage limits have been breached.

Currently, alerts can be sent based on:

  1. Container existence (regardless of running state)
  2. Running state (running or existed)
  3. Memory usage (in MB)
  4. CPU Usage (as a percentage)
  5. Minimum Process running in container

Step 1: Install

Method: Build from source

Assuming that you already have go installed on your machine, you can just go get it.

go get

If you would like to download a pre-compiled binary, head to the release downloads

latest release - precompiled binary download

Step 2: Make a Configuration File

Docker-Alertd needs a configuration file in order to run, it will search the directory which contains the binary, and the home directory for a config file automatically. A special config file location can be specified with the --config flag.

A base config file can be generated with the command:

docker-alertd initconfig -d /path/to/config/location/

Example .docker-alertd.yaml file

# The duration and interations settings, if omitted, have a default value of 100ms between
# docker API calls and an indefinite number of iterations which will run the monitor forever
#duration: 100				# duration in ms between docker API calls
#iterations: 0				# number of iterations to run

# 'containers' is an array of dictionaries that each contain the name of a container to
# monitor, and the metrics which it should be monitored by. If there are no metrics
# present, then it will just be monitored to make sure that is is currently up.

# This will monitor only that the container exists, running or not...
# containers:
#   - name: mycontainer

  - name: container1
    expectedRunning: true

  - name: container2
    expectedRunning: true
    maxCpu: 20
    maxMem: 20
    minProcs: 4

# If email settings are present and active, then email alerts will be sent when an alert
# is triggered.
  active: true
  password: s00p3rS33cret
  port: 587
  subject: "DOCKER_ALERTD"

Configuration Variables


duration: the duration to wait between docker engine API calls.

iterations: the number of iterations that docker-alertd should run (0 = run forever)

name: the container name or ID

maxCpu: the maximum cpu usage threshold (as a percentage), if the container uses more CPU, an alert will be triggered.

maxMem: the maximum memory usage threshold (in MB). If the container uses more system memory than this, an alert will be triggered.

minProcs: the minimum number of running processes (PID's) in the container. If a the number of running processes dips below this level (when a process fails), an alert will be triggered.

Email Settings

active: whether email settings are active or not

smtp: the smtp server to connect to

password: the password to use for smtp authentication

port: the port to connect to the smtp server

from: the email address to send from

subject: the subject line of emails sent

to: an array of email addresses to send the alerts to

Slack Settings

webhookURL: the webhookURL provided by slack after you authorize an app on a slack channel. See slack apps

Step 3: Run the program

Assuming docker-alertd is in your system path, and the config file is in the home directory or the same directory as the binary...

$ docker-alertd

if the binary is not on your $PATH then you will have to pass absolute paths.

$ /path/to/binary/docker-alertd --config ~/path/to/configuration/file/.docker-alertd.yaml

This will start the program and log the output to stdout. It can be stopped with CTRL-C.

Example Output:

2017/09/18 12:11:44 starting docker-alertd
2017/09/18 12:11:44 ALERT:
2017/09/18 12:11:44 container1: Existence check failure: Error: No such container: container1
2017/09/18 12:11:44 container2: Existence check failure: Error: No such container: container2

Step 4. Set up as a background process (optional)

If you wish to have docker-alertd run as a background process, it needs to be setup as a background process as per your operating system.

As A Systemd Service (for Linux systems with systemd)

If you have a systemd based system then you can refer to docker-alertd.service.example the example systemd service file and this tutorial

With Launchd (MacOS)

Refer to the launchd plist example file file and the launchd reference

With Sys V Init (various Linux systems without systemd)

Refer to this Sys V Init tutorial

Within docker

If you want to run docker-alertd from within Docker, you can do that. This requires mounting the docker socket into the container which comes with security risks because the container has access to the docker socket and therefore if it was compromised, it would have root access on the system google - mounting docker socket security.

That being said if you decide it is something you want to do in development or in a controlled production environment, you can use the image on the docker registry.

pull the image frm the registry

docker pull deltaskelta/docker-alertd

#or if you want to build your own tagged image, clone the repo and run
#docker build -t [your-tag] .

run the command to get a config file printed to stdout. You must save it, modify it to fit your needs, and then mount it into the container that will run docker-alertd.

NOTE: go-wrapper run is equivalient to docker-alertd if the binary was installed normally, so all of docker-alertds normal commands will follow go-wrapper run

docker run --rm  deltaskelta/docker-alertd go-wrapper run initconfig --stdout

and then run the app with the mounted config file and the mounted docker socket.

docker run --rm -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock -v ~/.docker-aled.yaml:/root/.docker-alertd.yaml deltaskelta/docker-alertd

Testing Alert Authentication

Docker-Alertd comes with a testalert command which will search for a nonexistant container name and send an alert to the appropriate places, use this for testing that smtp or other authentication settings are correct