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Great! You are going to install netdata!


  • You can install the latest release of netdata, using your package manager in

    • Arch Linux (sudo pacman -S netdata)
    • Alpine Linux (sudo apk add netdata)
    • Debian Linux (sudo apt install netdata)
    • Gentoo Linux (sudo emerge --ask netdata)
    • OpenSUSE (sudo zypper install netdata)
    • Solus Linux (sudo eopkg install netdata)
    • Ubuntu Linux >= 18.04 (sudo apt install netdata)

    For security and portability reasons, this is the preferred installation method.

  • One line installation, on any modern Linux system
    To install netdata from source to your systems and keep it up to date automatically, run the following:
    :hash:  bash <(curl -Ss
    (do not sudo this command, it will do it by itself as needed)

  • Linux 64bit, pre-built static binary installation
    To install netdata with a binary package on any Linux distro, any kernel version - for Intel/AMD 64bit hosts, run the following:
    :hash:  bash <(curl -Ss
    (do not sudo this command, it will do it by itself as needed; the target system does not need bash installed, check below for instructions to run it without bash)

  • Linux, install from source, by hand
    semi-automatic, with more details about the steps involved and actions taken.


Linux one liner

For all Linux systems, you can use this one liner to install the git version of netdata:

# basic netdata installation
bash <(curl -Ss

# or

# install required packages for all netdata plugins
bash <(curl -Ss all

The above:

  1. detects the distro and installs the required system packages for building netdata (will ask for confirmation)
  2. downloads the latest netdata source tree to /usr/src/netdata.git.
  3. installs netdata by running ./ from the source tree.
  4. installs to cron.daily, so your netdata installation will be updated daily (you will get a message from cron only if the update fails).

The script passes all its parameters to, so you can add more parameters to change the installation directory, enable/disable plugins, etc (check below).

For automated installs, append a space + --dont-wait to the command line. You can also append --dont-start-it to prevent the installer from starting netdata. Example:

bash <(curl -Ss all --dont-wait --dont-start-it

x86_64 pre-built binary for any Linux

You can install a pre-compiled static binary of netdata for any Intel/AMD 64bit Linux system (even those that don't have a package manager, like CoreOS, CirrOS, busybox systems, etc). You can also use these packages on systems with broken or unsupported package managers.

To install the latest version use this:

bash <(curl -Ss

For automated installs, append a space + --dont-wait to the command line. You can also append --dont-start-it to prevent the installer from starting netdata. Example:

bash <(curl -Ss --dont-wait --dont-start-it

If your shell fails to handle the above one liner, do this:

# download the script with curl
curl >/tmp/

# or, download the script with wget
wget -O /tmp/

# run the downloaded script (any sh is fine, no need for bash)
sh /tmp/

The static builds install netdata at /opt/netdata.

The static binary files are kept in this repo:

Download any of the .run files, and run it. These files are self-extracting shell scripts built with makeself.

The target system does not need to have bash installed.

The same files can be used for updates too.

Linux by hand

To install the latest git version of netdata, please follow these 2 steps:

  1. Prepare your system

    Install the required packages on your system.

  2. Install netdata

    Download and install netdata. You can also update it the same way.

1. Prepare your system

Try our experimental automatic requirements installer (no need to be root). This will try to find the packages that should be installed on your system to build and run netdata. It supports most major Linux distributions released after 2010:

  • Alpine Linux and its derivatives (you have to install bash yourself, before using the installer)
  • Arch Linux and its derivatives
  • Gentoo Linux and its derivatives
  • Debian Linux and its derivatives (including Ubuntu, Mint)
  • Fedora and its derivatives (including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Amazon Machine Image)
  • SuSe Linux and its derivatives (including openSuSe)
  • SLE12 Must have your system registered with Suse Customer Center or have the DVD. See #1162

Install the packages for having a basic netdata installation (system monitoring and many applications, without mysql / mariadb, postgres, named, hardware sensors and SNMP):

curl -Ss '' >/tmp/ && bash /tmp/ -i netdata

Install all the required packages for monitoring everything netdata can monitor:

curl -Ss '' >/tmp/ && bash /tmp/ -i netdata-all

If the above do not work for you, please open a github issue with a copy of the message you get on screen. We are trying to make it work everywhere (this is also why the script reports back success or failure for all its runs).

This is how to do it by hand:

# Debian / Ubuntu
apt-get install zlib1g-dev uuid-dev libmnl-dev gcc make git autoconf autoconf-archive autogen automake pkg-config curl

# Fedora
dnf install zlib-devel libuuid-devel libmnl-devel gcc make git autoconf autoconf-archive autogen automake pkgconfig curl findutils

# CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux
yum install autoconf automake curl gcc git libmnl-devel libuuid-devel lm_sensors make MySQL-python nc pkgconfig python python-psycopg2 PyYAML zlib-devel

Please note that for RHEL/CentOS you might need EPEL.

Once netdata is compiled, to run it the following packages are required (already installed using the above commands):

package description
libuuid part of util-linux for GUIDs management
zlib gzip compression for the internal netdata web server

netdata will fail to start without the above.

netdata plugins and various aspects of netdata can be enabled or benefit when these are installed (they are optional):

package description
bash for shell plugins and alarm notifications
curl for shell plugins and alarm notifications
iproute or iproute2 for monitoring Linux traffic QoS
use iproute2 if iproute reports as not available or obsolete
python for most of the external plugins
python-yaml used for monitoring beanstalkd
python-beanstalkc used for monitoring beanstalkd
python-dnspython used for monitoring DNS query time
python-ipaddress used for monitoring DHCPd
this package is required only if the system has python v2. python v3 has this functionality embedded
used for monitoring mysql or mariadb databases
python-mysqldb is a lot faster and thus preferred
python-psycopg2 used for monitoring postgresql databases
python-pymongo used for monitoring mongodb databases
nodejs used for node.js plugins for monitoring named and SNMP devices
lm-sensors for monitoring hardware sensors
libmnl for collecting netfilter metrics
netcat for shell plugins to collect metrics from remote systems

netdata will greatly benefit if you have the above packages installed, but it will still work without them.

2. Install netdata

Do this to install and run netdata:

# download it - the directory 'netdata' will be created
git clone --depth=1
cd netdata

# run script with root privileges to build, install, start netdata
  • If you don't want to run it straight-away, add --dont-start-it option.

  • If you don't want to install it on the default directories, you can run the installer like this: ./ --install /opt. This one will install netdata in /opt/netdata.

Once the installer completes, the file /etc/netdata/netdata.conf will be created (if you changed the installation directory, the configuration will appear in that directory too).

You can edit this file to set options. One common option to tweak is history, which controls the size of the memory database netdata will use. By default is 3600 seconds (an hour of data at the charts) which makes netdata use about 10-15MB of RAM (depending on the number of charts detected on your system). Check Memory Requirements.

To apply the changes you made, you have to restart netdata.

starting netdata at boot

In the system directory you can find scripts and configurations for the various distros.


The installer already installs netdata.service if it detects a systemd system.

To install netdata.service by hand, run:

# stop netdata
killall netdata

# copy netdata.service to systemd
cp system/netdata.service /etc/systemd/system/

# let systemd know there is a new service
systemctl daemon-reload

# enable netdata at boot
systemctl enable netdata

# start netdata
systemctl start netdata


In the system directory you can find netdata-lsb. Copy it to the proper place according to your distribution documentation. For Ubuntu, this can be done via running the following commands as root.

# copy the netdata startup file to /etc/init.d
cp system/netdata-lsb /etc/init.d/netdata

# make sure it is executable
chmod +x /etc/init.d/netdata

# enable it
update-rc.d netdata defaults

openrc (gentoo)

In the system directory you can find netdata-openrc. Copy it to the proper place according to your distribution documentation.

CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux

For older versions of RHEL/CentOS that don't have systemd, an init script is included in the system directory. This can be installed by running the following commands as root.

# copy the netdata startup file to /etc/init.d
cp system/netdata-init-d /etc/init.d/netdata

# make sure it is executable
chmod +x /etc/init.d/netdata

# enable it
chkconfig --add netdata

There have been some recent work on the init script, see PR

other systems

You can start netdata by running it from /etc/rc.local or equivalent.


The installer, when run as root, will install /etc/logrotate.d/netdata.

Updating netdata after its installation

Manual update

Method 1: generates upon any successful installation
You can use this script to update your netdata installation with the same options you used to install it in the first place.

# go to the git downloaded directory
cd /path/to/git/downloaded/netdata

# run the updater

Netdata will be restarted with the new version.

Method 2: git pull

You can also update netdata to the latest version by hand, using this:

# go to the git downloaded directory
cd /path/to/git/downloaded/netdata

# download the latest version
git pull

# rebuild it, install it, run it

Netdata will be restarted with the new version.


Please, consider the risks of running an auto-update. Something can always go wrong. Keep an eye on your installation, and run a manual update if something ever fails.

You can call from a cron-job. A successful update will not trigger an email from cron.

# Edit your cron-jobs
crontab -e

# add a cron-job at the bottom. This one will update netdata every day at 6:00AM:
# update netdata
0 6 * * * /path/to/git/downloaded/netdata/

Working with netdata

  • You can start netdata by executing it with /usr/sbin/netdata (the installer will also start it).

  • You can stop netdata by killing it with killall netdata. You can stop and start netdata at any point. Netdata saves on exit its round robbin database to /var/cache/netdata so that it will continue from where it stopped the last time.

Access to the web site, for all graphs, is by default on port 19999, so go to:

You can get the running config file at any time, by accessing

Uninstalling netdata

netdata was installed from source (or

The script generates another script called

To uninstall netdata, run:

cd /path/to/netdata.git
./ --force

The uninstaller will ask you to confirm all deletions.

netdata was installed with package

Stop netdata with one of the following:

  • service netdata stop (non-systemd systems)
  • systemctl stop netdata (systemd systems)

Disable running netdata at startup, with one of the following (based on your distro):

  • rc-update del netdata
  • update-rc.d netdata disable
  • chkconfig netdata off
  • systemctl disable netdata

Delete the netdata files:

  1. rm -rf /opt/netdata
  2. groupdel netdata
  3. userdel netdata
  4. rm /etc/logrotate.d/netdata
  5. rm /lib/systemd/system/netdata.service or rm /etc/init.d/netdata, depending on the distro.

Other Systems

We are trying to collect all the information about netdata package maintainers at issue 651. So, please have a look there for ASUSTOR NAS, OpenWRT, ReadyNAS, etc.


You can install netdata from ports or packages collection.

This is how to install the latest netdata version from sources on FreeBSD:

# install required packages
pkg install bash e2fsprogs-libuuid git curl autoconf automake pkgconf pidof

# download netdata
git clone --depth=1

# install netdata in /opt/netdata
cd netdata
./ --install /opt

To install netdata on pfSense run the following commands (within a shell or under Diagnostics/Command Prompt within the pfSense web interface).

Change platform (i386/amd64, etc) and FreeBSD versions (10/11, etc) according to your environment and change netdata version (1.10.0 in example) according to latest version present within the FreeSBD repository:-

Note first three packages are downloaded from the pfSense repository for maintaining compatibility with pfSense, netdata is downloaded from the FreeBSD repository.

pkg install pkgconf
pkg install bash
pkg install e2fsprogs-libuuid
pkg add

To start netdata manually run service netdata onestart

To start netdata automatically at each boot add service netdata start as a Shellcmd within the pfSense web interface (under Services/Shellcmd, which you need to install beforehand under System/Package Manager/Available Packages). Shellcmd Type should be set to Shellcmd. Alternatively more information can be found in, for achieving the same via the command line and scripts.

If you experience an issue with /usr/bin/install absense on pfSense 2.3 or earlier, update pfSense or use workaround from


On FreeNAS-Corral-RELEASE (>=10.0.3), netdata is pre-installed.

To use netdata, the service will need to be enabled and started from the FreeNAS CLI.

To enable the netdata service:

service netdata config set enable=true

To start the netdata service:

service netdata start

netdata on macOS still has limited charts, but external plugins do work.

You can either install netdata with Homebrew

brew install netdata

or from source:

# install Xcode Command Line Tools
xcode-select --install

click Install in the software update popup window, then

# install HomeBrew package manager
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

# install required packages
brew install ossp-uuid autoconf automake pkg-config

# download netdata
git clone --depth=1

# install netdata in /usr/local/netdata
cd netdata
sudo ./ --install /usr/local

The installer will also install a startup plist to start netdata when your Mac boots.

Alpine 3.x

Execute these commands to install netdata in Alpine Linux 3.x:

# install required packages
apk add alpine-sdk bash curl zlib-dev util-linux-dev libmnl-dev gcc make git autoconf automake pkgconfig python logrotate

# if you plan to run node.js netdata plugins
apk add nodejs

# download netdata - the directory 'netdata' will be created
git clone --depth=1
cd netdata

# build it, install it, start it

# make netdata start at boot
echo -e "#!/usr/bin/env bash\n/usr/sbin/netdata" >/etc/local.d/netdata.start
chmod 755 /etc/local.d/netdata.start

# make netdata stop at shutdown
echo -e "#!/usr/bin/env bash\nkillall netdata" >/etc/local.d/netdata.stop
chmod 755 /etc/local.d/netdata.stop

# enable the local service to start automatically
rc-update add local

The documentation previously recommended installing the Debian Chroot package from the Synology community package sources and then running netdata from within the chroot. This does not work, as the chroot environment does not have access to /proc, and therefore exposes very few metrics to netdata. Additionally, this issue, still open as of 2018/06/24, indicates that the Debian Chroot package is not suitable for DSM versions greater than version 5 and may corrupt system libraries and render the NAS unable to boot.

The good news is that the 64-bit static installer works fine if your NAS is one that uses the amd64 architecture. It will install the content into /opt/netdata, making future removal safe and simple.

Additional Work

When netdata is first installed, it will run as root. This may or may not be acceptable for you, and since other installations run it as the netdata user, you might wish to do the same. This requires some extra work:

  1. Creat a group netdata via the Synology group interface. Give it no access to anything.
  2. Create a user netdata via the Synology user interface. Give it no access to anything and a random password. Assign the user to the netdata group. Netdata will chuid to this user when running.
  3. Change ownership of the following directories, as defined in Netdata Security:
$ chown -R root:netdata /opt/netdata/usr/share/netdata
$ chown -R netdata:netdata /opt/netdata/var/lib/netdata /opt/netdata/var/cache/netdata
$ chown -R netdata:root /opt/netdata/var/log/netdata

Additionally, as of 2018/06/24, the netdata installer doesn't recognize DSM as an operating system, so no init script is installed. You'll have to do this manually:

  1. Add this file as /etc/rc.netdata. Make it executable with chmod 0755 /etc/rc.netdata.
  2. Edit /etc/rc.local and add a line calling /etc/rc.netdata to have it start on boot:
# Netdata startup
[ -x /etc/rc.netdata ] && /etc/rc.netdata start


Running Netdata

Special Uses

Notes on memory management

Database Replication and Mirroring

archiving netdata collected metrics to a time-series database

Health monitoring - Alarms
alarms and alarm notifications in netdata

Netdata Registry

Monitoring Info

Netdata Badges

Data Collection

Binary Modules

Python Modules

Node.js Modules

BASH Modules

Active BASH Modules

Obsolete BASH Modules

JAVA Modules

API Documentation

Web Dashboards

Running behind another web server

Package Maintainers



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