Latest commit 817b424 Oct 30, 2018


Metadata associated with the Elasticsearch collectd plugin can be found here. The relevant code for the plugin can be found here.


This is the SignalFx Elasticsearch plugin. This will send data about Elasticsearch to SignalFx, enabling built-in Elasticsearch monitoring dashboards.

Use this plugin to monitor the following types of information from an Elasticsearch node:

  • node statistics (cpu, os, jvm, indexing, search, thread pools, etc..)
  • per-index statistics
  • cluster statistics

Original Elasticsearch Documentation


Built-in dashboards
  • Elasticsearch: Overview of all data from Elasticsearch hosts.

  • Elasticsearch Cluster: Focus on a single Elasticsearch cluster.

  • Elasticsearch Node: Focus further on a single Elasticsearch node.

  • Elasticsearch Indexes: Overview of all Elasticsearch indexes.

  • Elasticsearch Index: Focus on a single Elasticsearch index.


Version information

Software Version
collectd 4.9 or later
Elasticsearch 1.0.0 or later
Python plugin for collectd (included with SignalFx collectd agent)


If you are using the new Smart Agent, see the docs for the collectd/elasticsearch monitor for more information. The configuration documentation below may be helpful as well, but consult the Smart Agent repo's docs for the exact schema.

  1. Download the collectd-elasticsearch Python module.

  2. Download SignalFx’s sample configuration file to /etc/collectd/managed_config.

  3. Modify the configuration file to provide values that make sense for your environment, as described below.

  4. Restart collectd.


Using the example configuration file 20-elasticsearch.conf as a guide, provide values for the configuration options listed below that make sense for your environment and allow you to connect to the Elasticsearch instance to be monitored.

The plugin is intended to be run on a per-node basis. Define only one "Module" element per 20-elasticsearch.conf configuration file.

configuration option definition example value
ModulePath Path on disk where collectd can find this module. "/usr/share/collectd/collectd-elasticsearch"
Verbose Enable verbose logging. false
Cluster A name for this cluster. Appears in the dimension plugin_instance. If specified, this value will override the cluster name returned by the ES endpoint. "elasticsearch"
Indexes Identifies the indexes for which the plugin should collect statistics. See note below. ["_all"]
EnableIndexStats Enable or disable collection of index statistics. false
IndexStatsMasterOnly When true, index stats will only be sent if the node is the active master. When false, index stats will be sent if the node is master eligible. This requires EnableIndexStats to be true. false
EnableClusterHealth Enable or disable collection of cluster health statistics. true
Interval The interval in seconds at which the plugin will report metrics, independent of the overall collectd collection interval. 10
Host The hostname of this instance of Elasticsearch. "localhost"
Port The port number of this instance of Elasticsearch. "9200"
DetailedMetrics Turns on additional metric time series. Acceptable values: (true/false). false
IndexInterval Interval in seconds at which the plugin will report index metrics. Must be greater than or equal and divisible by the Interval. Incorrect values are automatically rounded to a compatible value. 300
AdditionalMetrics A python list of additional metrics to be emitted. The names provided must match a metric defined in the file. [""]
Username The plain text username for accessing the Elasticsearch installation (Basic Authentication Only). Unconfigured
Password The plain text password for accessing the Elasticsearch installation (Basic Authentication Only). Unconfigured
ThreadPools "search" and "index" thread pools are required, but additional threadpools can be specified in the list. See note regarding available thread pools below. ["search","index"]

Note: Available thread pools

The following table indicates thread pools that can be monitored by this plugin in each version of Elasticsearch. Add thread pools of interest to the configuration parameter ThreadPools.

thread pool name ES 1.x ES 2.0 ES 2.1+

Note: Using this plugin from a container deployment

If you are running the Elasticsearch plugin via a collectd deployment within a container, configure the Host and Port values inside of the 20-elasticsearch.conf file to correspond to the desired Elasticsearch instance.


   <Module "elasticsearch_collectd">
       Host "XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX"
       Port "XXXX"

Note: Authentication

Currently only Basic Authentication is supported for the plugin.

Note: Collecting index statistics

By default, the configuration parameter Indexes is set to "_all". This means that when EnableIndexStats is set to true, the plugin will collect statistics about all indexes. To collect statistics from only one index, set the configuration parameter Indexes to the name of that index: for example, ["index1"]. To collect statistics from multiple indexes (but not all), include them as a comma-separated list: for example, ["index1", "index2"].

This plugin collects index statistics only on master-eligible Elasticsearch nodes.

The call to collect index statistics can be CPU-intensive. For this reason SignalFx recommends using the Interval configuration parameter to decrease the reporting interval for nodes that report index statistics.


Sample of built-in dashboard in SignalFx:


For documentation of the metrics and dimensions emitted by this plugin, click here.


This integration is released under the Apache 2.0 license. See LICENSE for more details.