Netdata - Server Monitoring

August 24, 2021 21:59


  1. Install with bash <(curl -Ss or (on e.g. a Raspberry Pi) bash <(curl -Ss
  2. Restrict to localhost only (already done for the debian package) by appending (sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config netdata.conf):
        bind to = *:19999
        allow connections from = localhost 42.12.322.424
    This allows other ips to be whitelisted: E.g. an apache proxied webinterface would require localhost - any other ip must be allowed!
  3. Restart netdata sudo systemctl restart netdata
  4. NICE2KNOW Check the generated config out at http://localhost:19999/netdata.conf

Enable autostart (if disabled)

To allow autostarting of the netdata service you have to unmask the systemd unit with sudo systemctl unmask netdata and sudo systemctl enable netdata

Claim a node

Just use the command from the cloud - but make sure to add /opt/netdata/bin/ before the shell.

Extend the history

By using (sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config netdata.conf) - dbengine is the default:

  • [global]
        memory mode = dbengine
        page cache size = 32
        dbengine disk space = 330

    This holds 32 MB of data in RAM and dumps (compresses) them to disk until 330 MB are stored. This would be enough to store the history of one day - according to this.

  • [global]
        history = SECONDS

    For every hour of data, Netdata needs about 25MB of RAM. If you can dedicate about 100MB of RAM to Netdata, you should set its database size to 4 hours.

Setup a slave / master relationship

This configures a netdata instance to only collect and send the metrics to the master (the slave cant generate alarms anymore). Both must share the same API KEY (obtained by uuidgen)! The master then can decide to store the data e.g. to the dbengine or keep them in ram… Note:

  • enabled toggles if the data should be send (on slave toggles the feature, on master it toggles the proxy mode)
  • The api key can be shared from multiple hosts
  • The master can select other memory modes too - every unset option will be inherited from the default* ones
  • allow from are simple patterns -> 10.0.0.* or ! or *


  1. Edit the global config: sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config netdata.conf
  2. Disable own storage and webinterface (= slave mode):
        memory mode = none
        mode = none
  3. Edit the config: sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config stream.conf
  4. Now add the master (append ‘:SSL’ to the address for https (respect the port!)):
        enabled = yes
        destination = [TARGET_ADDR]:[TARGET_WEB_PORT]
        api key = xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx


  1. Edit the config: sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config stream.conf
  2. Now add the slave:
        enabled = yes
        default memory mode = dbengine
        health enabled by default = auto
        allow from = 10.0.0.*

Add this to the crontab…

You should add the following to the crontab of root. This makes sure that netdata “starts” after e.g. the local loopback interface is up, so it binds also to that address (otherwise the vms could get a connection refused after bootup).

@reboot sleep 60 && systemctl restart netdata

Add Teleram bot notifications

  1. Edit the config with sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config health_alarm_notify.conf and modify it so it contains:
  2. Done - test it (see here at the end)

How to mute a specific alarm

One or more alarms are useless and can be ignored? Check out the source row at the dashboard (-> e.g. sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config health.d/...). Go there and change the recipient from to: [someone] to to: silent. Or disable it by comment it with # out!

~ Finally: Quiet nights! ~

How to prevent package drop warnings without muting the alarm

  1. Apply sudo sysctl -w net.core.netdev_budget_usecs=6400 && sudo sysctl -w net.core.netdev_budget=600 as temporary fix. The alarm should now fade.
  2. If that was successful: Apply them permanent in /etc/sysctl.conf by adding:

Integrate Windows Machines

This uses a collector on the machine, wich is then queried by the Netdata WMI collector. To start download and install on Windows the collector (MSI) using this command:


Then open on the Netdata server the config to add the collector…

sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config go.d/wmi.conf

…and insert these lines (autodetection_retry enforces retries after unsuccessful connection attempts):

autodetection_retry: 30

  - name: win_machine


Integrate OpenVPN

Make sure to enable the management interface on the OpenVPN server beforehand! Then open on the Netdata server the config to add the collector…

sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config go.d/openvpn.conf

…and insert these lines (autodetection_retry enforces retries after unsuccessful connection attempts):

autodetection_retry: 30

  - name: local

Then you have to manually enable the openvpn collector (it is disabled by default, as OpenVPN only allows one management interface client):

sudo /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/edit-config go.d.conf

There you have to find the line…

#  openvpn: yes

…and uncomment it. Restart Netdata & done!


If you get much dbengine fs errors and can’t add any more working instances to the netdata streaming config (the access.log is filled with CANNOT ACQUIRE HOST) you should increase the file descriptor limit.

Update (non-debian package only)

sudo chmod +x /opt/netdata/usr/libexec/netdata/ && sudo /opt/netdata/usr/libexec/netdata/

Uninstall (non-debian package only)

sudo chmod +x /opt/netdata/usr/libexec/netdata/ && sudo /opt/netdata/usr/libexec/netdata/