Exometer reporter for InfluxDB
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This reporter pushes data to InfluxDB.


  1. Add exometer_influxdb to your list of dependencies in rebar.config:

    {deps, [
        {exometer_influxdb, ".*", {git, "https://github.com/travelping/exometer_influxdb.git", "master"}}
  2. Ensure exometer_influxdb is started before your application:

    {applications, [exometer_influxdb]}.
  3. Configure it:

        {reporters, [
            {exometer_report_influxdb, [{protocol, http}, 
                                        {host, <<"localhost">>},
                                        {port, 8086},
                                        {db, <<"exometer">>},
                                        {tags, [{region, ru}]}]}

Available options:

  • host - InfluxDB host. by default.
  • protocol - http, https or udp for operating with InfluxDB. http by default.
  • port - InfluxDB port. 8086 by default.
  • db - Database on InfluxDB for writing data. exometer by default.
  • username - Username for authorization on InfluxDB.
  • password - Password for authorization on InfluxDB.
  • timestamping - Enable timestamping, false by default. To enable timestamping with the reporter you can use true or {true, Precision} where Precision is a unit taken from [n,u,ms,s,m,h]. The default unit is u.
  • batch_window_size - set window size in ms for batch sending. This means the reporter will collect measurements within this interval and send all measurements in one packet. 0 by default.

The following options can be set globally in the reporter config or locally in a specific subscription. The latter case overwrites the first.

  • tags - List of tags for each time series. The host is automatically included here.
  • series_name - The name of a time series visible within the FROM field. By default this is set to the concatenated elements of the exometer id. Caution: If set in the global reporter config then every time series will have this name.
  • formatting - Formatting options to alter the appearance of a series name or tags.

Subscription examples:

    {subscriptions, [
         {exometer_report_influxdb, [erlang, memory], total, 5000, [{tags, {tag, value}}]},

By default the in InfluxDB visible name of the metric is derived from the exometer id: Here [erlang, memory] is translated to erlang_memory. It is possible to remove an item from this list by naming itself or its position with the from_name keyword. A removed element is then used as tag value:

exometer_report:subscribe(exometer_report_influxdb, [erlang, memory], total, 5000, [{tags, [{tag, {from_name, 2}}]}]).

This will result in a name erlang with the tag pair {tag, memory} (plus the default pair {host, Host}). To disable the removal of elements in the series name you can set:

{formatting, [{purge, [{all_from_name, false}]}]}

Further it might be handy to remove e.g. undefined tag keys or values. This can be done via:

{formatting, [{purge, [{tag_keys, undefined}, {tag_values, undefined}]}]}

Auto subscriptions:

There is capability for making a subscription automatically for each new entry. By default it is off. If you need to enable it in the reporter options and also provide a callback module which handles newly created entries.

    {reporters, [
        {exometer_report_influxdb, [{autosubscribe, true}, 
                                    {subscriptions_module, exometer_influxdb_subscribe_mod}, 
                                    {protocol, http}, 
                                    {host, <<"localhost">>},
                                    {port, 8086},
                                    {db, <<"exometer">>},
                                    {tags, [{region, ru}]}]}

The callback module may look like:


subscribe([metric, test], histogram) ->
    Tags = [{tags, [{type, {from_name, 2}}]}],
    [{[metric, test], min, 1000, Tags},
     {[metric, test], max, 1000, Tags},
     {[metric, test], median, 1000, Tags}];
subscribe([metric, test1], histogram) ->
    Tags = [{tags, [{type, {from_name, 2}}]}],
    [{[metric, test1], max, 1000, Tags},
     {[metric, test1], median, 1000, Tags}];
subscribe(_, _) -> [].

subscribe/2 calls for each new entry and it should return a list or just one subscription. Here a single subscription has the following layout:

{exometer_report:metric(), exometer_report:datapoint(), exometer_report:interval(), exometer_report:extra()}


  • Reconfiguration on runtime
  • Enhance the formatting options (e.g. concatenation chars, format strings, etc.)