Netdata is a free and open-source (FOSS) monitoring agent that collects thousands of hardware and software metrics from any physical or virtual system (we call them nodes). These metrics are organized in an easy-to-use and -navigate interface.
Together with Netdata Cloud, you can monitor your entire infrastructure in real time and troubleshoot problems that threaten the health of your nodes.
Netdata runs permanently on all your physical/virtual servers, containers, cloud deployments, and edge/IoT devices. It
runs on Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, and more), container/microservice platforms (Kubernetes clusters,
Docker), and many other operating systems (FreeBSD, macOS), with no
To install Netdata in minutes on your platform:
- Sign up to https://app.netdata.cloud/
- You will be presented with an empty space, and a prompt to "Connect Nodes" with the install command for each platform
- Select the platform you want to install Netdata to, copy and paste the script into your node's terminal, and run it
Upon installation completing successfully, you should be able to see the node live in your Netdata Space and live charts in the Overview tab. Read more about the cloud features.
Where you go from here is based on your use case, immediate needs, and experience with monitoring and troubleshooting, but we have some hints on what you might want to do next.
Explore our general advanced installation options and troubleshooting, specific options for the single line installer, or other installation methods.
Agent user interface
To access the UI provided by the locally installed agent, open a browser and navigate to
NODE with either
the hostname/IP address of the remote node. You can also read more about
the agent dashboard.
Discover the recommended way to configure Netdata's settings or behavior using our built-in
edit-config script, then apply that knowledge to mission-critical tweaks, such as changing how long Netdata stores
If Netdata didn't autodetect all the hardware, containers, services, or applications running on your node, you should learn more about how data collectors work. If there's a supported collector for metrics you need, configure the collector or read about its requirements to configure your endpoint to publish metrics in the correct format and endpoint.
Alarms & notifications
Netdata comes with hundreds of preconfigured alarms, designed by our monitoring gurus in parallel with our open-source community, but you may want to edit alarms or enable notifications to customize your Netdata experience.
Make your deployment production ready
Go through our deployment strategies, for suggested configuration changes for production deployments.
Install on Linux with one-line installer
The recommended way to install Netdata on a Linux node (physical, virtual, container, IoT) is our one-line kickstart script. This script automatically installs dependencies and builds Netdata from its source code.
To install, copy the script, paste it into your node's terminal, and hit
Enter to begin the installation process.
wget -O /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sh https://my-netdata.io/kickstart.sh && sh /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sh
curl https://my-netdata.io/kickstart.sh > /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sh && sh /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sh
If you plan to also claim the node to Netdata Cloud,
make sure to replace
YOUR_CLAIM_TOKEN with the claim token of your space,
YOUR_ROOM_ID with the ID of the room you are willing to claim to.
You can leave the room id blank to have your node claimed to the default "All nodes" room.
Jump down to what's next to learn how to view your new dashboard and take your next steps monitoring and troubleshooting with Netdata.
Other installation methods
Run with Docker
Deploy on Kubernetes
Install on macOS
Native DEB/RPM packages
Linux from Git
Linux from source
Linux for offline nodes
- Native DEB/RPM packages
- Run with Docker
- Deploy on Kubernetes
- Install on macOS
- Linux from Git
- Linux from source
- Linux for offline nodes
The full list of all installation methods for various systems is available in Netdata Learn, under Installation.
Advanced installation options and troubleshooting
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
wget -O /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sh https://my-netdata.io/kickstart.sh && sh /tmp/netdata-kickstart.sh --no-updates
With automatic updates disabled, you can choose exactly when and how you update Netdata.
Network usage of Netdata’s automatic updater
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.
Nightly vs. stable releases
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
Starting with v1.30, Netdata collects anonymous usage information by default and sends it to a self-hosted PostHog instance within the Netdata infrastructure. 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.
Troubleshooting and known issues
We are tracking a few issues related to installation and packaging.
Older distributions (Ubuntu 14.04, Debian 8, CentOS 6) and OpenSSL
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.
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.
CentOS 6 and CentOS 8
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.
Access to file is not permitted
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
root and the group
ls -la /usr/share/netdata/web/index.html
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 89377 May 5 06:30 /usr/share/netdata/web/index.html
These files need to have the same user and group used to install your netdata. Suppose you installed netdata with user
netdata and group
netdata, in this scenario you will need to run the following command to fix the error:
# chown -R netdata.netdata /usr/share/netdata/web
Multiple versions of OpenSSL
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
Clang compiler on Linux
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.
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