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Apache Pulsar

Apache Pulsar

Plugin: go.d.plugin Module: pulsar


This collector monitors Pulsar servers.

It collects broker statistics using Pulsar’s Prometheus endpoint.

This collector is supported on all platforms.

This collector supports collecting metrics from multiple instances of this integration, including remote instances.

Default Behavior


By default, it detects Pulsar instances running on localhost.


The default configuration for this integration does not impose any limits on data collection.

Performance Impact

The default configuration for this integration is not expected to impose a significant performance impact on the system.



No action required.



The configuration file name for this integration is go.d/pulsar.conf.

You can edit the configuration file using the edit-config script from the Netdata config directory.

cd /etc/netdata 2>/dev/null || cd /opt/netdata/etc/netdata
sudo ./edit-config go.d/pulsar.conf


The following options can be defined globally: update_every, autodetection_retry.

Name Description Default Required
update_every Data collection frequency. 1 no
autodetection_retry Recheck interval in seconds. Zero means no recheck will be scheduled. 0 no
url Server URL. yes
timeout HTTP request timeout. 1 no
username Username for basic HTTP authentication. no
password Password for basic HTTP authentication. no
proxy_url Proxy URL. no
proxy_username Username for proxy basic HTTP authentication. no
proxy_password Password for proxy basic HTTP authentication. no
method HTTP request method. GET no
body HTTP request body. no
headers HTTP request headers. no
not_follow_redirects Redirect handling policy. Controls whether the client follows redirects. no no
tls_skip_verify Server certificate chain and hostname validation policy. Controls whether the client performs this check. no no
tls_ca Certification authority that the client uses when verifying the server’s certificates. no
tls_cert Client TLS certificate. no
tls_key Client TLS key. no



A basic example configuration.

  - name: local

HTTP authentication

Basic HTTP authentication.

  - name: local
    username: username
    password: password

HTTPS with self-signed certificate

Do not validate server certificate chain and hostname.

  - name: local
    tls_skip_verify: yes


Note: When you define multiple jobs, their names must be unique.

Collecting metrics from local and remote instances.

  - name: local

  - name: remote


Metrics grouped by scope.

The scope defines the instance that the metric belongs to. An instance is uniquely identified by a set of labels.

  • topic_* metrics are available when exposeTopicLevelMetricsInPrometheus is set to true.
  • subscription_* and namespace_subscription metrics are available when exposeTopicLevelMetricsInPrometheus si set to true.
  • replication_* and namespace_replication_* metrics are available when replication is configured and replicationMetricsEnabled is set to true.

Per Apache Pulsar instance

These metrics refer to the entire monitored application.

This scope has no labels.


Metric Dimensions Unit
pulsar.broker_components namespaces, topics, subscriptions, producers, consumers components
pulsar.messages_rate publish, dispatch messages/s
pulsar.throughput_rate publish, dispatch KiB/s
pulsar.storage_size used KiB
pulsar.storage_operations_rate read, write message batches/s
pulsar.msg_backlog backlog messages
pulsar.storage_write_latency <=0.5ms, <=1ms, <=5ms, =10ms, <=20ms, <=50ms, <=100ms, <=200ms, <=1s, >1s entries/s
pulsar.entry_size <=128B, <=512B, <=1KB, <=2KB, <=4KB, <=16KB, <=100KB, <=1MB, >1MB entries/s
pulsar.subscription_delayed delayed message batches
pulsar.subscription_msg_rate_redeliver redelivered messages/s
pulsar.subscription_blocked_on_unacked_messages blocked subscriptions
pulsar.replication_rate in, out messages/s
pulsar.replication_throughput_rate in, out KiB/s
pulsar.replication_backlog backlog messages

Per namespace


This scope has no labels.


Metric Dimensions Unit
pulsar.namespace_broker_components topics, subscriptions, producers, consumers components
pulsar.namespace_messages_rate publish, dispatch messages/s
pulsar.namespace_throughput_rate publish, dispatch KiB/s
pulsar.namespace_storage_size used KiB
pulsar.namespace_storage_operations_rate read, write message batches/s
pulsar.namespace_msg_backlog backlog messages
pulsar.namespace_storage_write_latency <=0.5ms, <=1ms, <=5ms, =10ms, <=20ms, <=50ms, <=100ms, <=200ms, <=1s, >1s entries/s
pulsar.namespace_entry_size <=128B, <=512B, <=1KB, <=2KB, <=4KB, <=16KB, <=100KB, <=1MB, >1MB entries/s
pulsar.namespace_subscription_delayed delayed message batches
pulsar.namespace_subscription_msg_rate_redeliver redelivered messages/s
pulsar.namespace_subscription_blocked_on_unacked_messages blocked subscriptions
pulsar.namespace_replication_rate in, out messages/s
pulsar.namespace_replication_throughput_rate in, out KiB/s
pulsar.namespace_replication_backlog backlog messages
pulsar.topic_producers a dimension per topic producers
pulsar.topic_subscriptions a dimension per topic subscriptions
pulsar.topic_consumers a dimension per topic consumers
pulsar.topic_messages_rate_in a dimension per topic publishes/s
pulsar.topic_messages_rate_out a dimension per topic dispatches/s
pulsar.topic_throughput_rate_in a dimension per topic KiB/s
pulsar.topic_throughput_rate_out a dimension per topic KiB/s
pulsar.topic_storage_size a dimension per topic KiB
pulsar.topic_storage_read_rate a dimension per topic message batches/s
pulsar.topic_storage_write_rate a dimension per topic message batches/s
pulsar.topic_msg_backlog a dimension per topic messages
pulsar.topic_subscription_delayed a dimension per topic message batches
pulsar.topic_subscription_msg_rate_redeliver a dimension per topic messages/s
pulsar.topic_subscription_blocked_on_unacked_messages a dimension per topic blocked subscriptions
pulsar.topic_replication_rate_in a dimension per topic messages/s
pulsar.topic_replication_rate_out a dimension per topic messages/s
pulsar.topic_replication_throughput_rate_in a dimension per topic messages/s
pulsar.topic_replication_throughput_rate_out a dimension per topic messages/s
pulsar.topic_replication_backlog a dimension per topic messages


There are no alerts configured by default for this integration.


Debug Mode

To troubleshoot issues with the pulsar collector, run the go.d.plugin with the debug option enabled. The output should give you clues as to why the collector isn’t working.

  • Navigate to the plugins.d directory, usually at /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/. If that’s not the case on your system, open netdata.conf and look for the plugins setting under [directories].

    cd /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/
  • Switch to the netdata user.

    sudo -u netdata -s
  • Run the go.d.plugin to debug the collector:

    ./go.d.plugin -d -m pulsar

Getting Logs

If you’re encountering problems with the pulsar collector, follow these steps to retrieve logs and identify potential issues:

  • Run the command specific to your system (systemd, non-systemd, or Docker container).
  • Examine the output for any warnings or error messages that might indicate issues. These messages should provide clues about the root cause of the problem.

System with systemd

Use the following command to view logs generated since the last Netdata service restart:

journalctl _SYSTEMD_INVOCATION_ID="$(systemctl show --value --property=InvocationID netdata)" --namespace=netdata --grep pulsar

System without systemd

Locate the collector log file, typically at /var/log/netdata/collector.log, and use grep to filter for collector’s name:

grep pulsar /var/log/netdata/collector.log

Note: This method shows logs from all restarts. Focus on the latest entries for troubleshooting current issues.

Docker Container

If your Netdata runs in a Docker container named “netdata” (replace if different), use this command:

docker logs netdata 2>&1 | grep pulsar

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