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Docker Containers πŸ”—

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector uses the Smart Agent receiver with the docker-container-stats monitor type to read container stats from a Docker API server. Note it doesn’t currently support CPU share/quota metrics.

This integration is available for Kubernetes, Linux, and Windows.

Benefits πŸ”—

After you configure the integration, you can access these features:

Installation πŸ”—

Follow these steps to deploy this integration:

  1. Deploy the Splunk Distribution of the OpenTelemetry Collector to your host or container platform:

  2. Configure the integration, as described in the Configuration section.

  3. Restart the Splunk Distribution of the OpenTelemetry Collector.

Configuration πŸ”—

To use this integration of a Smart Agent monitor with the Collector:

  1. Include the Smart Agent receiver in your configuration file.

  2. Add the monitor type to the Collector configuration, both in the receiver and pipelines sections.

If you’re using this integration with the default Docker daemon domain socket, you might need to add the splunk-otel-collector user to the docker group to have permission to access the Docker API.

usermod -aG docker splunk-otel-collector

For a walkthrough of how to send Docker container logs to a Splunk Enterprise instance, see Tutorial: Use the Collector to send container logs to Splunk Enterprise.

Example πŸ”—

To activate this integration, add the following to your Collector configuration:

    type: docker-container-stats
    ...  # Additional config

Next, add the monitor to the service.pipelines.metrics.receivers section of your configuration file:

     receivers: [smartagent/docker-container-stats]

Configuration settings πŸ”—

The following table shows the configuration options for this integration:








Sends all extra block IO metrics. The default value is false




Sends all extra CPU metrics. The default value is false




Sends all extra memory metrics. The default value is false




Sends all extra network metrics. The default value is false




The URL of the docker server. The default value is

unix:///var/run/docker.sock. For Windows, set it to npipe:////.//pipe//docker_engine.




The maximum amount of time to wait for docker API requests. The

default value is 5




The time to wait before resyncing the list of containers the

monitor maintains through the docker event listener. An example is cacheSyncInterval: "20m" The default value is 60m



map of strings

A mapping of container label names to dimension names. The

corresponding label values become the dimension value for the mapped name. For example, container_spec_name results in a dimension called container_spec_name that has the value of the container label.



map of strings

A mapping of container environment variable names to dimension

names. The corresponding env var values become the dimension values on the emitted metrics. For example, APP_VERSION: version results in data points having a dimension called version whose value is the value of the APP_VERSION envvar configured for that particular container, if present.



list of strings

A list of filters of images to exclude. Supports literals,

globs, and regex.

Metrics πŸ”—

The following metrics are available for this integration:

Notes πŸ”—

  • To learn more about the available in Splunk Observability Cloud see Metric types

  • In host-based subscription plans, default metrics are those metrics included in host-based subscriptions in Splunk Observability Cloud, such as host, container, or bundled metrics. Custom metrics are not provided by default and might be subject to charges. See Metric categories for more information.

  • In MTS-based subscription plans, all metrics are custom.

  • To add additional metrics, see how to configure extraMetrics in Add additional metrics

Troubleshooting πŸ”—

If you are a Splunk Observability Cloud customer and are not able to see your data in Splunk Observability Cloud, you can get help in the following ways.

Available to Splunk Observability Cloud customers

Available to prospective customers and free trial users

  • Ask a question and get answers through community support at Splunk Answers .

  • Join the Splunk #observability user group Slack channel to communicate with customers, partners, and Splunk employees worldwide. To join, see Chat groups in the Get Started with Splunk Community manual.

Protocol not available error πŸ”—

If you get the following error message when configuring the monitor on a Windows host:

Error: Error initializing Docker client: protocol not available

edit the configuration and replace unix:///var/run/docker.sock with npipe:////.//pipe//docker_engine.

This page was last updated on Jul 12, 2024.