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Docker Engine monitoring with Netdata

Docker Engine is the industry’s de facto container runtime that runs on various Linux (CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Oracle Linux, RHEL, SUSE, and Ubuntu) and Windows Server operating systems.

This module will monitor one or more Docker Engines applications, depending on your configuration.



It produces the following charts:

  • Container Actions in actions/s
  • Container States in containers
  • Builder Builds Fails By Reason in fails/s
  • Health Checks in events/s

If Docker is running in Swarm mode and the instance is a Swarm manager:

  • Swarm Manager Leader in bool
  • Swarm Manager Object Store in count
  • Swarm Manager Nodes Per State in count
  • Swarm Manager Tasks Per State in count


Edit the go.d/docker_engine.conf configuration file using edit-config from the Netdata config directory, which is typically at /etc/netdata.

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

Needs only url to docker metric-address. Here is an example for 2 docker instances:

- name: local

- name: remote

For all available options, please see the module's configuration file.


To troubleshoot issues with the docker_engine 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.

  • Navigate to the plugins.d directory, usually at /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/. If that's not the case on your system, open netdata.conf and look for the plugins setting under [directories].

    cd /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/
  • Switch to the netdata user.

    sudo -u netdata -s
  • Run the go.d.plugin to debug the collector:

    ./go.d.plugin -d -m docker_engine

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