Netdata is a monitoring agent designed to run on all your systems: physical and virtual servers, containers, even IoT/edge devices. Netdata runs on Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Kubernetes, Docker, and all their derivatives.
The best way to install Netdata is with our automatic one-line installation script, which works with all Linux distributions, or our .deb/rpm packages, which seamlessly install with your distribution's package manager.
If you want to install Netdata with Docker, on a Kubernetes cluster, or a different operating system, see Have a different operating system, or want to try another method?
Some third parties, such as the packaging teams at various Linux distributions, distribute old, broken, or altered packages. We recommend you install Netdata using one of the methods listed below to guarantee you get the latest checksum-verified packages.
Starting with v1.12, Netdata collects anonymous usage information by default and sends it to Google Analytics. Read about the information collected, and learn how to-opt, on our anonymous statistics page.
The usage statistics are vital for us, as we use them to discover bugs and prioritize new features. We thank you for actively contributing to Netdata's future.
This method is fully automatic on all Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, and others.
To install Netdata from source, including all dependencies required to connect to Netdata Cloud, and get automatic nightly updates, run the following as your normal user:
To see more information about this installation script, including how to disable automatic updates, get nightly vs.
stable releases, or disable anonymous statistics, see the
Or, skip straight to configuring the Netdata Agent.
Read through Netdata's documentation, which is structured based on actions and solutions, to enable features like health monitoring, alarm notifications, long-term metrics storage, exporting to external databases, and more.
Netdata works on many different operating systems, each with a few possible installation methods. To see the full list of approved methods for each operating system/version we support, see our distribution matrix.
Below, you can find a few additional installation methods, followed by separate instructions for a variety of unique operating systems.
By default, Netdata's installation scripts enable automatic updates for both nightly and stable release channels.
If you would prefer to update your Netdata agent manually, you can disable automatic updates by using the
option when you install or update Netdata using the automatic one-line installation
With automatic updates disabled, you can choose exactly when and how you update Netdata.
The auto-update functionality set up by the installation scripts requires working internet access to function correctly. In particular, it currently requires access to GitHub (to check if a newer version of the updater script is available or not, as well as potentially fetching build-time dependencies that are bundled as part of the install), and Google Cloud Storage (to check for newer versions of Netdata and download the sources if there is a newer version).
Note that the auto-update functionality will check for updates to itself independently of updates to Netdata, and will try to use the latest version of the updater script whenever possible. This is intended to reduce the amount of effort required by users to get updates working again in the event of a bug in the updater code.
The Netdata team maintains two releases of the Netdata agent: nightly and stable. By default, Netdata's installation scripts will give you automatic, nightly updates, as that is our recommended configuration.
Nightly: We create nightly builds every 24 hours. They contain fully-tested code that fixes bugs or security flaws, or introduces new features to Netdata. Every nightly release is a candidate for then becoming a stable release—when we're ready, we simply change the release tags on GitHub. That means nightly releases are stable and proven to function correctly in the vast majority of Netdata use cases. That's why nightly is the best choice for most Netdata users.
Stable: We create stable releases whenever we believe the code has reached a major milestone. Most often, stable releases correlate with the introduction of new, significant features. Stable releases might be a better choice for those who run Netdata in mission-critical production systems, as updates will come more infrequently, and only after the community helps fix any bugs that might have been introduced in previous releases.
Pros of using nightly releases:
- Get the latest features and bug fixes as soon as they're available
- Receive security-related fixes immediately
- Use stable, fully-tested code that's always improving
- Leverage the same Netdata experience our community is using
Pros of using stable releases:
- Protect yourself from the rare instance when major bugs slip through our testing and negatively affect a Netdata installation
- Retain more control over the Netdata version you use
We are tracking a few issues related to installation and packaging.
If you're running an older Linux distribution or one that has reached EOL, such as Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Debian 8, or CentOS 6, your Agent may not be able to securely connect to Netdata Cloud due to an outdated version of OpenSSL. These old versions of OpenSSL cannot perform hostname validation, which helps securely encrypt SSL connections.
We recommend you reinstall Netdata with a static build, which uses an up-to-date version of OpenSSL with hostname validation enabled.
If you choose to continue using the outdated version of OpenSSL, your node will still connect to Netdata Cloud, albeit with hostname verification disabled. Without verification, your Netdata Cloud connection could be vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.
To install the Agent on certain CentOS and RHEL systems, you must enable non-default repositories, such as EPEL or PowerTools, to gather hard dependencies. See the CentOS 6 and CentOS 8 sections for more information.
If you see an error similar to
Access to file is not permitted: /usr/share/netdata/web//index.html when you try to
visit the Agent dashboard at
http://NODE:19999, you need to update Netdata's permissions to match those of your
ls -la /usr/share/netdata/web/index.html to find the file's permissions. You may need to change this path based on
the error you're seeing in your browser. In the below example, the file is owned by the user
netdata and the group
netdata.conf file and find the
[web] section, plus the
web files owner/
web files group settings. Edit
the lines to match the output from
ls -la above and uncomment them if necessary.
Save the file, restart the Netdata Agent, and try accessing the dashboard again.
We've received reports from the community about issues with running the
kickstart.sh script on systems that have both
a distribution-installed version of OpenSSL and a manually-installed local version. The Agent's installer cannot handle
We recommend you install Netdata with the static binary to avoid the issue altogether. Or, you can manually remove one version of OpenSSL to remove the conflict.
Our current build process has some issues when using certain configurations of the
clang C compiler on Linux. See the
nonrepresentable section on output
errors for a workaround.