Collectd is a simple monitoring client which can be installed on most Linux systems. To simplify the setup, we provide a configuration file for you to use.
Installing and configuring collectd
  1. 1.
    Install collectd on your system. It’s usually available via your normal package manager, e.g. apt-get install collectd
  2. 2.
    From the Hosted Graphite Add-ons page, select collectd and download the appropriate configuration file. Version 5.4 works with most versions of collectd
  3. 3.
    Copy the downloaded configuration file to /etc/collect/collectd.conf. If you want to keep the original configuration file, rename it to collectd.conf.old
  4. 4.
    Configure optional plugins to collect data from many different technologies and running processes on your servers. See their table of plugins here.
  5. 5.
    Restart collectd so that it uses the new configuration file: sudo service collectd restart
Generating and viewing the collectd dashboard
Once collectd is up and running, you can automatically generate a dashboard from our dashboard library. Go to the Add-ons page and scroll down to the Dashboards section.
The Dashboard Library Panel
On that panel select the collectd version you want to make a dashboard for and click the button, a dashboard will immediately be available for your collectd metrics. For details on how to manually configure collectd, see our collectd doc in our Add-Ons and Integrations Guide.