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


Use the NGINX plugin for collectd to monitor NGINX webserver performance.


Built-in dashboards
  • NGINX Servers: Overview of data from all NGINX servers.

  • NGINX Server: Focus on a single NGINX server.


This plugin requires:

Software Version
collectd 4.2+


If you are using the new Smart Agent, see the docs for the collectd/nginx 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. Installing the plugin:

    • On RHEL/CentOS and Amazon Linux systems, run the following command to install this plugin:

        yum install collectd-nginx
    • On Ubuntu and Debian systems, this plugin is included by default with the SignalFx collectd agent.

  2. Enable the stub_status module in your NGINX server as described below.

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

  4. Modify the sample configuration file to provide values that make sense for your environment, as described in Configuration, below.

  5. Restart collectd.


Using the example configuration file 10-nginx.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 NGINX instance to be monitored.

configuration option definition default value
URL URL at which collectd can access the output of the NGINX status module. "http://localhost:80/nginx_status"

NGINX service configuration

Please see nginx docs for a guide to configuring the NGINX stats module ngx_http_stub_status_module.


Sample of built-in dashboard in SignalFx:


The following status information is provided:

Metric definition
Active connections The current number of active client connections including Waiting connections.
accepts The total number of accepted client connections.
handled The total number of handled connections. Generally, the parameter value is the same as accepts unless some resource limits have been reached (for example, the worker_connections limit).
requests The total number of client requests.
Reading The current number of connections where nginx is reading the request header.
Writing The current number of connections where nginx is writing the response back to the client.
Waiting The current number of idle client connections waiting for a request.

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.