buckets Each stat is in it's own "bucket". They are not predefined anywhere. Buckets can be named anything that will translate to Graphite (periods make folders, etc)
values Each stat will have a value. How it is interpreted depends on modifiers
flush After the flush interval timeout (default 10 seconds), stats are munged and sent over to Graphite.
This is a simple counter. Add 1 to the "gorets" bucket. It stays in memory until the flush interval.
The glork took 320ms to complete this time. StatsD figures out 90th percentile, average (mean), lower and upper bounds for the flush interval.
Tells StatsD that this counter is being sent sampled every 1/10th of the time.
Statsd can submit data to multiple graphing services. Currently these include:
Graphite Graphite is an open source highly scalable real-time graphing system. Graphite uses "schemas" to define the different round robin datasets it houses (analogous to RRAs in rrdtool). Here's what Etsy is using for the stats databases:
[stats] priority = 110 pattern = ^stats\..* retentions = 10:2160,60:10080,600:262974
That translates to:
- 6 hours of 10 second data (what we consider "near-realtime")
- 1 week of 1 minute data
- 5 years of 10 minute data
This has been a good tradeoff so far between size-of-file (round robin databases are fixed size) and data we care about. Each "stats" database is about 3.2 megs with these retentions.
Librato Metrics Librato Metrics is a hosted graphing service that eliminates the need to set up and run your own graphing server. Submitting data to Librato Metrics requires a username and API token. You can find your API token in your account settings.
TCP Stats Interface
A really simple TCP management interface is available by default on port 8126 or overriden in the configuration file. Inspired by the memcache stats approach this can be used to monitor a live statsd server. You can interact with the management server by telnetting to port 8126, the following commands are available:
- stats - some stats about the running server
- counters - a dump of all the current counters
- timers - a dump of the current timers
The stats output currently will give you:
- uptime: the number of seconds elapsed since statsd started
- graphite.last_flush: the number of seconds elapsed since the last successful flush to graphite
- graphite.last_exception: the number of seconds elapsed since the last exception thrown whilst flushing to graphite
- messages.last_msg_seen: the number of elapsed seconds since statsd received a message
- messages.bad_lines_seen: the number of bad lines seen since startup
Installation and Configuration
- Install node.js
- Install the 'base64', 'async', 'temp', 'nodeunit' and 'underscore' packages via npm
- Clone the project
- Create a config file from exampleConfig.js and put it somewhere
- Add connection info for your graphing service to exampleConfig.js
- Start the Daemon:
node stats.js /path/to/config
You're interested in contributing to StatsD? AWESOME. Here are the basic steps:
fork StatsD from here: http://github.com/etsy/statsd
- Clone your fork
- Hack away
- If you are adding new functionality, document it in the README
- If necessary, rebase your commits into logical chunks, without errors
- Push the branch up to GitHub
- Send a pull request to the etsy/statsd project.
We'll do our best to get your changes in!
In lieu of a list of contributors, check out the commit history for the project: http://github.com/etsy/statsd/commits/master