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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use Kayenta as a standalone service without the rest of Spinnaker?

Yes, Kayenta has an API that can be used to perform canary analysis outside of Spinnaker. See Kayenta Standalone for more information.

Where are the API docs?

When Kayenta is running, it serves its API docs at http://localhost:8090/swagger-ui.html.

You can control what endpoints show up on that page via the swagger config section of the main config.

What metric sources does Kayenta support?

This list may not encompass all current metric sources. See the services that implement MetricService for current info.

How does Kayenta decide if a metric passes or fails?

Metric decisions are handled by the judge that you use.


This judge takes in metrics from a control group and an experiment group. It uses your configuration settings to then transform the data and apply the Mann Whitney U statistical test to determine the results.

See Spinnaker Judge Docs for additional information.

How do I report metrics in a way that is compatible with Kayenta and canary analysis?

See Instrumenting Application Metrics For Kayenta.

My metric failed and I don't agree with the results, can I change how sensitive Kayenta is to change?

Warning: This is a beta feature and may be removed.

Yes, there are a couple of settings available for you. See EffectSize for more information.

Why doesn't my Google account have access to get bucket metadata?

In order for Kayenta to read and write from a GCS bucket, it first needs to checks for the existence of the bucket. It does this by making a GET request to the storage/v1/b/{bucket} API which returns some metadata about the bucket. In order to interact with this API you need a role that has the storage.buckets.get permission. This permission used to be included in Google's Standard Roles, but has since been removed and put into Legacy Roles. In order to get that permission, you can create a custom role and apply storage.buckets.get to it, add the roles/storage.legacyBucketReader as explained in the Legacy Roles section, or use the roles/storage.admin role.

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