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ISC DHCPd monitoring with Netdata

ISC DHCP is a DHCP server that supports both IPv4 and IPv6, and is suitable for use in high-volume and high-reliability applications.

This module monitors active leases and IP pools utilization collecting data from the DHCP client lease database (dhcpd.leases).


dhcpd.leases must be readable by netdata user.


  • Active Leases Total in leases
  • Pool Active Leases in leases
  • Pool Utilization in percentage


Edit the go.d/isc_dhcpd.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/isc_dhcpd.conf

Needs leases_path (path to the DHCP client lease database), and a list of IP pools to monitor. IP pool networks is a space separated list of IP ranges.

Here is a configuration example:

- name: ipv4_example
leases_path: '/path/to/ipv4_leases_file'
- name: office
networks: ''
- name: wifi
networks: ''
- name: dmz
networks: ''
- name: ipv6_example
leases_path: '/path/to/ipv6_leases_file'
- name: office
networks: '2001:0DB8::/64'
- name: wifi
networks: '2001:0DB8:0:1::/64'
- name: dmz
networks: '2001:0DB8:0:2::/64'

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


To troubleshoot issues with the isc_dhcpd 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 to debug the collector:

./go.d.plugin -d -m isc_dhcpd

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