Netdata can collect metrics from hundreds of different sources, be they internal data created by the system itself, or external data created by services or applications. To see all of the sources Netdata collects from, view our list of supported collectors.
There are two essential points to understand about how collecting metrics works in Netdata:
- All collectors are installed by default with every installation of Netdata. You do not need to install collectors manually to collect metrics from new sources.
- Upon startup, Netdata will auto-detect any application or service that has a collector, as long as both the collector and the app/service are configured correctly.
Most users will want to enable a new Netdata collector for their app/service. For those details, see our collectors' configuration reference.
Take your next steps with collectors
Exporting: Extend our built-in database engine, which supports long-term metrics storage, by archiving metrics to external databases like Graphite, Prometheus, MongoDB, TimescaleDB, and more. It can export metrics to multiple databases simultaneously.