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cAdvisor 🔗

Description 🔗

This receiver pulls metrics directly from cAdvisor, which runs by default on port 4194, but can be configured to any other port. If you are using Kubernetes, consider the kubelet-stats receiver because many Kubernetes nodes do not expose cAdvisor on a network port, even though they are running it within Kubelet.

If you are running containers using Docker and using the docker-container-stats receiver, metrics duplication might happen, with the same metric data sent under different metric names. Consider not enabling the Docker receiver in a Kubernetes environment, or use filtering to allow only certain metrics. Disabling the Docker receiver causes the built-in Docker dashboards to be empty, though container metrics are available on the Kubernetes dashboards instead.

Benefits 🔗

After you’ve configured the integration, you can:

  • View metrics using the built-in dashboard. For information about dashboards, see View dashboards in Observability Cloud.

  • View a data-driven visualization of the physical servers, virtual machines, AWS instances, and other resources in your environment that are visible to Infrastructure Monitoring. For information about navigators, see Splunk Infrastructure Monitoring navigators.

  • Access Metric Finder and search for metrics sent by the monitor. For information about Metric Finder, see Use the Metric Finder.

Installation 🔗

Follow these steps to deploy the integration:

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

  2. Configure the monitor, as described in the next section.

  3. Restart the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.

Configuration 🔗

This monitor is available in the Smart Agent Receiver, which is part of the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector. The Smart Agent Receiver lets you use existing Smart Agent monitors as OpenTelemetry Collector metric receivers.

Using this monitor assumes that you have a configured environment with a functional Smart Agent release bundle on your system, which is already provided for x86_64/amd64 Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector installation paths.

To activate this monitor in the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector, add the following to your configuration file:

    type: cadvisor
    ... # Additional config

To complete the integration, include the receiver with this monitor type in a metrics pipeline. To do this, add the receiver to the service > pipelines > metrics > receivers section of your configuration file.

      receivers: [smartagent/cadvisor]

See the configuration example in GitHub for specific use cases that show how the Splunk OpenTelemetry Collector can integrate and complement existing environments.

Configuration settings 🔗

The following table shows the configuration options for this receiver:





cadvisor URL



Where to find cAdvisor. The default value is: http://localhost:4194.

Metrics 🔗

The following metrics are available for this integration:

Troubleshooting 🔗

If you are not able to see your data in Splunk Observability Cloud: