Apache CouchDB monitoring with Netdata

Monitors vital statistics of a local Apache CouchDB 2.x server, including:

  • Overall server reads/writes
  • HTTP traffic breakdown
    • Request methods (GET, PUT, POST, etc.)
    • Success response status codes (200, 201, etc.)
    • Response status code classes (2xx, 3xx, etc.)
  • Active server tasks
  • Replication status (CouchDB 2.1 and up only)
  • Erlang VM stats
  • Optional per-database statistics: sizes, # of docs, # of deleted docs

This module monitors one or more CouchDB instances, depending on your configuration.


Edit the go.d/couchdb.conf configuration file using edit-config from the your agent's config directory, which is typically at /etc/netdata.

cd /etc/netdata # Replace this path with your Netdata config directory, if different
sudo ./edit-config go.d/couchdb.conf

Sample for a local server running on port 5984:

user: 'admin'
pass: 'password'

Be sure to specify a correct admin-level username and password.

You may also need to change the node name; this should match the value of -name NODENAME in your CouchDB's etc/vm.args file. Typically this is of the form [email protected] in a cluster, or [email protected] / [email protected] for a single-node server.

If you want per-database statistics, these need to be added to the configuration, separated by spaces:

databases: 'db1 db2 db3 ...'

For all available options, see the CouchDB collector's configuration file.


To troubleshoot issues with the CouchDB collector, run the go.d.plugin with the debug option enabled. The output should give you clues as to why the collector isn't working.

First, navigate to your plugins directory, usually at /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/. If that's not the case on your system, open netdata.conf and look for the setting plugins directory. Once you're in the plugin's directory, switch to the netdata user.

cd /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/
sudo -u netdata -s

You can now run the go.d.plugin orchestrator to debug the collector:

./go.d.plugin -d -m couchdb
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