The following is a loosely collected list of articles about collectd,
projects using collectd, similar projects and other stuff that might be
interesting for our users and interested parties. If you have written or found something that should be
listed here, or if we made an error, e. g. in the description of a link, please
tell us. All links are sorted alphabetically or not
at all. In any case the order does not reflect any kind of significance.
Utility programs and projects
Macro for the MoinMoin wiki that displays graphs using
RRD files created and filled by
Web-based, near-realtime statistics display by Sergiusz Pawłowicz, using tables and numerical values that are
unixsock plugin. When moving your mouse over a
value, a floating graph is loaded and displayed. A live sample
Graphite is a storage and visualization solution for numeric time-series data.
You can configure collectd to send data to it using the
Write Graphite plugin.
Web-based Ruby on Rails application for graphing RRD files created by
A X frontend to the RRD files created by collectd. It uses KDE/Qt,
hence the name.
Hosted metric storage, visualization and alerting solution. Check out the
collectd-librato project on Github.
Web-based graphing frontend for RRD-files written by collectd. The data is
exported via JSON and graphed in the web browser
using Raphaël. There's a short introduction of Visage in
- Module for Puppet
Puppet, a configuration management solution, can
manage collectd's configuration files, thanks to funding by
neoTactics. The source code is available from:
A Ruby implementation of the collectd network protocol, written by
Astro. This allows to send statistics from a Ruby script with a native interface. The source code is
An Erlang implementation of the collectd network protocol, written by
Astro. This allows to send statistics from an Erlang application to a
collectd server. The source code is available from:
A pure-Java implementation of the collectd network protocol, written by Doug
MacEachern of Hyperic, Inc. It can be used as an MBean sender, sending
information about a running Java application to a collectd server, and as an
MBean receiver, receiving data sent by an collectd client.
The source code is available from:
A distributed monitoring system marrying fault detection and trending. It features a
module which can be used to monitor the existence of a collectd client on the monitored
- Splunk Enterprise – collectd app
Splunk Enterprise is a solution for indexing, analysing and presenting all sorts of data. The
collectd app by Nexinto adds a dashboard for system metrics (CPU, memory, disk, …). Licensed
under the Apache License 2.0.
Articles / Blog entries
Projects using collectd
is a management console for virtual guest systems, including statistics. It's developed by
RedHat's Emerging Technologies group.
- LuCI, a web-based configuration frontend for embedded
devices, can display statistics collected by collectd. There is a
of the statistics in OpenWrt, which uses LuCI as its web-frontend.
Other users of collectd
- Stackdriver is using
collectd 5 as its agent to monitor AWS EC2 nodes.
- RightScale Inc.
use collectd on Amazon EC2 nodes.
- The BBC
is collecting statistics from more than 200 servers.
- noris network AG collects performance data from own and hosted servers as
well as a wide variety of network equipment using the SNMP plugin.
- neoTactics use collectd in their cloud
management framework CloudScale. They have sponsored the
development of a module which allows configuring collectd with Puppet, a configuration management solution. See the
announcements in neoTactics' blog
and on the
mailing list. Thanks :)
The following is a list of projects similar to collectd and a short note on how
they differ from collectd. Projects that focus on monitoring and do some
performance measurement on the side are not on this list. It's easy to find extensive lists of such (monitoring)
tools on the web, though.
Focus on compute clusters and basic system statistics.
Data is collected by forking / executing plugins (i. e. scripts).
counts, e.g. to Graphite. See also the StatsD
- eLuna Graph System
Written in Perl; relies on cron; local system only.
Written in Perl; network support using HTTP (web server and CGI on client).
- openSSI webView
Specialized solution for openSSI clusters; written in Perl.
Written in Perl, relies on cron and SNMP.
Written in Perl; monolithic structure; designed for realtime viewing in the console.