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Install Netdata on AWS

Netdata is fully compatible with Amazon Web Services (AWS). You can install Netdata on cloud instances to monitor the apps/services running there, or use multiple instances in a parent-child streaming configuration.

The best installation method depends on the instance's operating system, distribution, and version. For Linux instances, we recommend the automatic installation script.

If you have issues with Netdata after installation, look to the sections below to find the issue you're experiencing, followed by the solution for your provider.

Post-installation configuration

Add a firewall rule to access Netdata's dashboard

If you cannot access Netdata's dashboard on your cloud instance via http://HOST:19999, and instead get an error page from your browser that says, "This site can't be reached" (Chrome) or "Unable to connect" (Firefox), you may need to configure your cloud provider's firewall.

Cloud providers often create network-level firewalls that run separately from the instance itself. Both AWS and Google Cloud Platform calls them Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networks. These firewalls can apply even if you've disabled firewalls on the instance itself. Because you can modify these firewalls only via the cloud provider's web interface, it's easy to overlook them when trying to configure and access Netdata's dashboard.

You can often confirm a firewall issue by querying the dashboard while connected to the instance via SSH: curl http://localhost:19999/api/v1/info. If you see JSON output, Netdata is running properly. If you try the same curl command from a remote system, and it fails, it's likely that a firewall is blocking your requests.

Another option is to put Netdata behind web server, which will proxy requests through standard HTTP/HTTPS ports (80/443), which are likely already open on your instance. We have a number of guides available:

Sign in to the AWS console and navigate to the EC2 dashboard. Click on the Security Groups link in the navigation, beneath the Network & Security heading. Find the Security Group your instance belongs to, and either right-click on it or click the Actions button above to see a dropdown menu with Edit inbound rules.

Add a new rule with the following options:

Type: Custom TCP
Protocol: TCP
Port Range: 19999
Source: Anywhere
Description: Netdata

You can also choose My IP as the source if you prefer.

Click Save to apply your new inbound firewall rule.

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