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Example module

An example data collection module. Use it as an example writing a new module.


This module produces example charts with random values. Number of charts, dimensions and chart type is configurable.


Edit the go.d/example.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/example.conf

Disabled by default. Should be explicitly enabled in go.d.conf.

# go.d.conf
example: yes

Here is an example configuration with several jobs:

- name: example
num: 3
dimensions: 5

- name: hidden_example
num: 3
dimensions: 5

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


To troubleshoot issues with the example 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 example

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