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Kubernetes cluster receiver ๐Ÿ”—

The Kubernetes cluster receiver collects cluster metrics using the Kubernetes API server. You can use a single instance of this receiver to monitor an entire Kubernetes cluster. The supported pipeline type is metrics. To filter in or out other Kubernetes elements, such as containers, pods, nodes, namespaces, or clusters, use the Filter processor instead. Learn more at Filter processor. See Process your data with pipelines for more information on the different types of pipelines.

Kubernetes version 1.21 and higher is compatible with the Kubernetes navigator. Using lower versions of Kubernetes is not supported for this receiver and might result in the navigator not displaying all clusters.


This receiver replaces the kubernetes-cluster Smart Agent monitor.

Get started ๐Ÿ”—

By default, the Kubernetes cluster receiver is already activated in the Helm chart of the Splunk OpenTelemetry Collectors. See Configure the Collector for Kubernetes with Helm for more information, including the default Collected metrics and dimensions for Kubernetes.

To activate the Kubernetes cluster receiver manually in the Collector configuration, add k8s_cluster to the receivers section of your configuration file, as shown in the following example:

    auth_type: kubeConfig
    collection_interval: 30s
    node_conditions_to_report: ["Ready", "MemoryPressure"]
    allocatable_types_to_report: ["cpu","memory"]
    metadata_exporters: [signalfx]

To complete the configuration, include the receiver in the metrics pipeline of the service section of your configuration file. For example:

      receivers: [k8s_cluster]

Sync metadata_exporters ๐Ÿ”—

Use metadata_exporters as a list of metadata exporters to sync with metadata collected by the Kubernetes cluster receiver. For example:

    auth_type: serviceAccount
    - signalfx

Exporters specified in this list need to implement the following interface. If an exporter doesnโ€™t implement the interface, startup fails.

type MetadataExporter interface {
  ConsumeMetadata(metadata []*MetadataUpdate) error

type MetadataUpdate struct {
  ResourceIDKey string
  ResourceID    ResourceID

type MetadataDelta struct {
  MetadataToAdd    map[string]string
  MetadataToRemove map[string]string
  MetadataToUpdate map[string]string

Set node_conditions_to_report ๐Ÿ”—

Use the following configuration to have the k8s_cluster receiver emit two metrics, k8s.node.condition_ready and k8s.node.condition_memory_pressure, one for each condition in the configuration:

# ...
    - Ready
    - MemoryPressure
# ...

The value is 1 if the ConditionStatus for the corresponding Condition is True, 0 if itโ€™s False, and -1 if itโ€™s Unknown. To learn more, search for โ€œConditionsโ€ in the Kubernetes documentation.

Settings ๐Ÿ”—

The following table shows the configuration options for the receiver:

Metrics ๐Ÿ”—

The following metrics, resource attributes, and attributes are available.


The SignalFx exporter excludes some available metrics by default. Learn more about default metric filters in List of metrics excluded by default. See Collected metrics and dimensions for Kubernetes to see how the Collector processes Kubernetes metrics.

Activate or deactivate specific metrics ๐Ÿ”—

You can activate or deactivate specific metrics by setting the enabled field in the metrics section for each metric. For example:

        enabled: true
        enabled: false

The following is an example of host metrics receiver configuration with activated metrics:

            enabled: true


Deactivated metrics arenโ€™t sent to Splunk Observability Cloud.

Troubleshooting ๐Ÿ”—

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.

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This page was last updated on Jul 11, 2024.