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Netdata platform support policy

Netdata defines three tiers of official support:

Each tier defines different guarantees for platforms in that tier, described below in the section about that tier.

Additionally, we define two categories for special cases that we do not support:

These two categories are explained further below.

Any platforms not listed in any of these categories may or may not work.

The following table shows a general outline of the various support tiers and categories.

Bug SupportGuaranteed ConfigurationsCI CoverageNative PackagesStatic Build Support
CoreHigh priorityEverything but rare edge casesFullYes, if we can provide themFull
IntermediateNormal priorityCommon casesPartial (CI mostly equivalent to Core, but possibly with some gaps, and not required to pass)PossiblyFull
CommunityBest EffortDefault onlyNoneNoBest Effort
Third-party SupportedUsers directed to platform maintainersNoneNoneNoBest Effort
Previously SupportedUsers asked to upgradeNoneNoneYes, but only already published versionsBest Effort
  • ‘Bug Support’: How we handle of platform-specific bugs.
  • ‘Guaranteed Configurations’: Which runtime configurations for the agent we try to guarantee will work with minimal effort from users.
  • ‘CI Coverage’: What level of coverage we provide for the platform in CI.
  • ‘Native Packages’: Whether we provide native packages for the system package manager for the platform.
  • ‘Static Build Support’: How well our static builds are expected to work on the platform.

Currently supported platforms

Core

Platforms in the core support tier are our top priority. They are covered rigorously in our CI, usually include official binary packages, and any platform-specific bugs receive a high priority. From the perspective of our developers, platforms in the core support tier must work, with almost no exceptions. Our static builds are expected to work on these platforms if available. Source-based installs are expected to work on these platforms with minimal user effort.

PlatformVersionOfficial Native PackagesNotes
Alpine Linux3.15NoThe latest release of Alpine Linux is guaranteed to remain at Core tier due to usage for our Docker images
Alma Linux8.xx86_64, AArch64Also includes support for Rocky Linux and other ABI compatible RHEL derivatives
CentOS7.xx86_64
Docker19.03 or newerx86_64, i386, ARMv7, AArch64, POWER8+See our Docker documentation for more info on using Netdata on Docker
Debian11.xx86_64, i386, ARMv7, AArch64
Debian10.xx86_64, i386, ARMv7, AArch64
Debian9.xx86_64, i386, ARMv7, AArch64
Fedora36x86_64, ARMv7, AArch64
Fedora35x86_64, ARMv7, AArch64
Fedora34x86_64, ARMv7, AArch64
openSUSELeap 15.3x86_64, AArch64
Oracle Linux8.xx86_64, AArch64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux7.xx86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux8.xx86_64, AArch64
Ubuntu22.04x86_64, ARMv7, AArch64
Ubuntu21.10x86_64, i386, ARMv7, AArch64
Ubuntu20.04x86_64, i386, ARMv7, AArch64
Ubuntu18.04x86_64, i386, ARMv7, AArch64

Intermediate

Platforms in the intermediate support tier are those which Netdata wants to support, but cannot justify core level support for. They are also covered in CI, but not as rigorously as the core tier. They may or may not include official binary packages, and any platform-specific bugs receive a normal priority. Generally, we will add new platforms that we officially support ourselves to the intermediate tier. Our static builds are expected to work on these platforms if available. Source-based installs are expected to work on these platforms with minimal user effort.

PlatformVersionOfficial Native PackagesNotes
Alpine Linux3.14No
Alpine Linux3.13No
Arch LinuxLatestNoWe officially recommend the community packages available for Arch Linux
Manjaro LinuxLatestNoWe officially recommend the community packages available for Arch Linux

Community

Platforms in the community support tier are those which are primarily supported by community contributors. They may receive some support from Netdata, but are only a best-effort affair. When a community member makes a contribution to add support for a new platform, that platform generally will start in this tier. Our static builds are expected to work on these platforms if available. Source-based installs are usually expected to work on these platforms, but may require some extra effort from users.

PlatformVersionOfficial Native PackagesNotes
Alpine LinuxEdgeNo
Clear LinuxLatestNo
DebianSidNo
FedoraRawhideNo
FreeBSD13-STABLENoNetdata is included in the FreeBSD Ports Tree, and this is the recommended installation method on FreeBSD
FreeBSD12-STABLENoNetdata is included in the FreeBSD Ports Tree, and this is the recommended installation method on FreeBSD
GentooLatestNo
macOS12NoPlanned for Core tier support. Currently only works for Intel-based hardware. Requires Homebrew for dependencies
macOS11NoPlanned for Core tier support. Currently only works for Intel-based hardware. Requires Homebrew for dependencies.
macOS10.15NoPlanned for Core tier support. Requires Homebrew for dependencies.
openSUSETumbleweedNo

Third-party supported platforms

Some platform maintainers actively support Netdata on their platforms even though we do not provide official support. Third-party supported platforms may work, but the experience of using Netdata on such platforms is not something we can guarantee. When you use an externally supported platform and report a bug, we will either ask you to reproduce the issue on a supported platform or submit a support request directly to the platform maintainers.

Currently, we know of the following platforms having some degree of third-party support for Netdata:

  • NixOS: Netdata’s official installation methods do not support NixOS, but the NixOS maintainers provide their own Netdata packages for their platform.
  • Rockstor: Rockstor provides support for a Netdata add-on for their NAS platform. The Rockstor community and developers are the primary source for support on their platform.

Previously supported platforms

As platforms become end of life upstream, Netdata will stop officially supporting them. We will not actively break things on these platforms, but we will also not make any effort to ensure that things keep working on them either. If you report a bug on a previously supported platforms, we will ask you to reproduce the issue on a currently supported platform. If the issue is not reproducible, it will be closed.

We consider a platform to be end of life when the upstream maintainers of that platform stop providing official support for it themselves, or when that platform transitions into an ‘extended security maintenance’ period. Platforms that meet these criteria will be immediately transitioned to the Previously Supported category, with no prior warning from Netdata and no deprecation notice, unlike those being dropped for technical reasons, as our end of support should already coincide with the end of the normal support lifecycle for that platform.

On occasion, we may also drop support for a platform due to technical limitations. In such cases, this will be announced in the release notes of the next stable release with a deprecation notice. The platform will be supported for that release, and will be removed from nightlies some time before the next release after that one.

This is a list of platforms that we have supported in the recent past but no longer officially support:

PlatformVersionNotes
Alpine Linux3.12EOL as of 2022-05-01
Alpine Linux3.11EOL as of 2021-11-01
Alpine Linux3.10EOL as of 2021-05-01
Fedora33EOL as of 2021-11-30
Fedora32EOL as of 2021-05-25
FreeBSD11-STABLEEOL as of 2021-10-30
openSUSELeap 15.2EOL as of 2021-12-01
openSUSELeap 15.1EOL as of 2021-01-31
Ubuntu21.04EOL as of 2022-01-01
Ubuntu20.10EOL as of 2021-07-22
Ubuntu16.04EOL as of 2021-04-02

Static builds

The Netdata team provides static builds of Netdata for Linux systems with a selection of common CPU architectures. These static builds are largely self-contained, only requiring a a POSIX-compliant shell on the target system to provide their basic functionality. Static builds are built in an Alpine Linux environment using musl. This means that they generally do not support non-local username mappings or exotic name resolution configurations.

We currently provide static builds for the following CPU architectures:

  • 32-bit x86
  • 64-bit x86
  • ARMv7
  • AArch64
  • POWER8+

Platform-specific support considerations

IPMI

Our IPMI collector is based on FreeIPMI. Due to upstream limitations in FreeIPMI, we are unable to support our IPMI collector on POWER-based hardware.

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