This document details how to install Netdata on an existing Kubernetes (k8s) cluster. By following these directions, you will use Netdata's Helm chart to create a Kubernetes monitoring deployment on your cluster.
The Helm chart installs one
parent pod for storing metrics and managing alarm notifications, plus an additional
child pod for every node in the cluster, responsible for collecting metrics from the node, Kubernetes control planes,
pods/containers, and supported application-specific
To deploy Kubernetes monitoring with Netdata, you need:
- A working cluster running Kubernetes v1.9 or newer.
- The kubectl command line tool, within one minor version difference of your cluster, on an administrative system.
- The Helm package manager v3.0.0 or newer on the same administrative system.
We recommend you install the Helm chart using our Helm repository. In the
helm install command, replace
the release name of your choice.
kubectl get services and
kubectl get pods to confirm that your cluster now runs a
netdata service, one
parent pod, and multiple child pods.
You've now installed Netdata on your Kubernetes cluster. Next, it's time to opt-in and enable the powerful Kubernetes dashboards available in Netdata Cloud.
To start Kubernetes monitoring, you must first connect your Kubernetes cluster to Netdata Cloud. The connection process securely connects your Kubernetes cluster to stream metrics data to Netdata Cloud, enabling Kubernetes-specific visualizations like the health map and time-series composite charts.
First, find your claiming script in Netdata Cloud by clicking on your Space's dropdown, then Manage your Space.
Click the Nodes tab to reveal the
netdata-claim.sh script for your Space in Netdata Cloud. You need the
Next, create a file called
Paste the following into your
override.yml file, replacing instances of
TOKEN with those from the
claiming script from Netdata Cloud. These settings connect your
child nodes to Netdata Cloud and store more
metrics in the nodes' time-series databases.
❗ These override settings, along with the Helm chart's defaults, will retain an hour's worth of metrics (
history = 3600, or
3600 seconds) on each child node. Based on your metrics retention needs, and the resources available on your cluster, you may want to increase the
Apply these new settings:
The cluster terminates the old pods and creates new ones with the proper persistence and connection configuration. You'll see your nodes, containers, and pods appear in Netdata Cloud in a few seconds.
If you don't need to configure your Netdata deployment, skip down to see how Kubernetes monitoring works in Netdata, in addition to more guides and resources.
Read up on the various configuration options in the Helm chart documentation if you need to tweak your Kubernetes monitoring.
Your first option is to create an
override.yml file, if you haven't created one already for
connecting to Cloud, then apply the new configuration to your cluster with
If you want to change only a single setting, use the
--set argument with
helm upgrade. For example, to change the
size of the persistent metrics volume on the parent node:
Netdata's service discovery, installed as part of the Helm chart installation, finds what services are running in a cluster's containers and automatically collects service-level metrics from them.
If your cluster runs services on non-default ports or uses non-default names, you may need to configure service discovery to start collecting metrics from your services. You have to edit the default ConfigMap that is shipped with the Helmchart and deploy that to your cluster.
First, copy the default file to your administrative system.
Edit the new
child.yml file according to your needs. See the Helm chart
configuration and the file itself for details.
You can then run
helm upgrade with the
--set-file argument to use your configured
child.yml file instead of the
default, changing the path if you copied it elsewhere.
Now that you pushed an edited ConfigMap to your cluster, service discovery should find and set up metrics collection from your non-default service.
If you update the Helm chart's configuration, run
helm upgrade to redeploy your Netdata service, replacing
with the name of the release, if you changed it upon installation:
To update Netdata's Helm chart to the latest version, run
helm repo update, then deploy
Start Kubernetes monitoring in Netdata Cloud, which comes with meaningful visualizations out of the box.
Read our guide, Kubernetes monitoring with Netdata: Overview and visualizations, for a complete walkthrough of Netdata's Kubernetes monitoring capabilities, including a health map of every container in your infrastructure, aggregated resource utilization metrics, and application metrics.