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Plugin: python.d.plugin Module: monit


This collector monitors Monit targets such as filesystems, directories, files, FIFO pipes and more.

It gathers data from Monit’s XML interface.

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, this collector will attempt to connect to Monit at http://localhost:2812


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 python.d/monit.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 python.d/monit.conf


There are 2 sections:

  • Global variables
  • One or more JOBS that can define multiple different instances to monitor.

The following options can be defined globally: priority, penalty, autodetection_retry, update_every, but can also be defined per JOB to override the global values.

Additionally, the following collapsed table contains all the options that can be configured inside a JOB definition.

Every configuration JOB starts with a job_name value which will appear in the dashboard, unless a name parameter is specified.

Name Description Default Required
update_every Sets the default data collection frequency. 1 False
priority Controls the order of charts at the netdata dashboard. 60000 False
autodetection_retry Sets the job re-check interval in seconds. 0 False
penalty Indicates whether to apply penalty to update_every in case of failures. yes False
name Job name. This value will overwrite the job_name value. JOBS with the same name are mutually exclusive. Only one of them will be allowed running at any time. This allows autodetection to try several alternatives and pick the one that works. local False
url The URL to fetch Monit’s metrics. http://localhost:2812 True
user Username in case the URL is password protected. False
pass Password in case the URL is password protected. False



A basic configuration example.

  name : 'local'
  url  : 'http://localhost:2812'

Basic Authentication

Example using basic username and password in order to authenticate.

  name : 'local'
  url  : 'http://localhost:2812'
  user: 'foo'
  pass: 'bar'


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

Collecting metrics from local and remote instances.

  name: 'local'
  url: 'http://localhost:2812'

  name: 'remote'
  url: ''


Metrics grouped by scope.

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

Per Monit instance

These metrics refer to the entire monitored application.

This scope has no labels.


Metric Dimensions Unit
monit.filesystems a dimension per target filesystems
monit.directories a dimension per target directories
monit.files a dimension per target files
monit.fifos a dimension per target pipes
monit.programs a dimension per target programs a dimension per target processes
monit.process_uptime a dimension per target seconds
monit.process_threads a dimension per target threads
monit.process_childrens a dimension per target children
monit.hosts a dimension per target hosts
monit.host_latency a dimension per target milliseconds
monit.networks a dimension per target interfaces


There are no alerts configured by default for this integration.


Debug Mode

To troubleshoot issues with the monit collector, run the python.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 python.d.plugin to debug the collector:

    ./python.d.plugin monit debug trace

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