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Sensu InfluxDB Handler

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The Sensu InfluxDB Handler is a Sensu Event Handler that sends metrics to the time series database InfluxDB. Sensu can collect metrics using check output metric extraction or the StatsD listener. Those collected metrics pass through the event pipeline, allowing Sensu to deliver the metrics to the configured metric event handlers. This InfluxDB handler will allow you to store, instrument, and visualize the metric data from Sensu.

Check out The Sensu Blog or Sensu Docs for a step by step guide!


Download the latest version of the sensu-influxdb-handler from releases, or create an executable script from this source.


Sensu-influxdb-handler uses golang/dep for managing its dependencies. You will need to install the latest stable version of dep in order to download/modify dependencies.

From the local path of the sensu-influxdb-handler repository:

dep ensure


From the local path of the sensu-influxdb-handler repository:

go build -o /usr/local/bin/sensu-influxdb-handler main.go


Example Sensu Go handler definition:

    "api_version": "core/v2",
    "type": "Handler",
    "metadata": {
        "namespace": "default",
        "name": "influxdb"
    "spec": {
        "type": "pipe",
        "command": "sensu-influxdb-handler -d sensu",
        "timeout": 10,
        "env_vars": [
        "filters": [

Example Sensu Go check definition:

    "api_version": "core/v2",
    "type": "CheckConfig",
    "metadata": {
        "namespace": "default",
        "name": "dummy-app-prometheus"
    "spec": {
        "command": "sensu-prometheus-collector -exporter-url http://localhost:8080/metrics",
        "publish": true,
        "interval": 10,
        "output_metric_format": "influxdb_line",
        "output_metric_handlers": [

That's right, you can collect different types of metrics (ex. Influx, Graphite, OpenTSDB, Nagios, etc.), Sensu will extract and transform them, and this handler will populate them into your InfluxDB.

Security Note: The InfluxDB addr, username and password are treated as a security sensitive configuration options in this example and are loaded into the handler config as env_vars instead of as a command arguments. Command arguments are commonly readable from the process table by other unprivaledged users on a system (ex: ps and top commands), so it's a better practise to read in sensitive information via environment variables or configuration files as part of command execution. The command flags for these configuration options are provided as an override for testing purposes.

Usage Examples


  sensu-influxdb-handler [flags]

  -a, --addr string            the address of the influxdb server, should be of the form 'http://host:port', defaults to 'http://localhost:8086' or value of INFLUXDB_ADDR env variable
  -d, --db-name string         the influxdb to send metrics to
  -h, --help                   help for sensu-influxdb-handler
  -i, --insecure-skip-verify   if true, the influx client skips https certificate verification
  -p, --password string        the password for the given db, defaults to value of INFLUXDB_PASS env variable
      --precision string       the precision value of the metric (default "s")
  -u, --username string        the username for the given db, defaults to value of INFLUXDB_USER env variable



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