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Monitoring Stash

Stash has native support for monitoring via Prometheus. You can use builtin Prometheus scrapper or CoreOS Prometheus Operator to monitor Stash. This tutorial will show you how this monitoring works with Stash and how to enable them.


Stash uses Prometheus PushGateway to export the metrics for backup & recovery operations. Following diagram shows the logical structure of Stash monitoring flow.

  Monitoring Structure

Stash operator runs two containers. The operator container runs controller and other necessary stuffs and the pushgateway container runs prom/pushgateway image. Stash sidecar from different workloads pushes their metrics to this pushgateway. Then Prometheus server scraps these metrics through stash-operator service. Stash operator itself also provides some metrics at /metrics path of :8443 port.

Backup & Recovery Metrics

Following metrics are available for stash backup and recovery operations. These metrics are accessible through pushgateway endpoint of stash-operator service.

Metric Uses
restic_session_success Indicates if session was successfully completed
restic_session_fail Indicates if session failed
restic_session_duration_seconds_total Seconds taken to complete restic session for all FileGroups
restic_session_duration_seconds Seconds taken to complete restic session for a FileGroup

Operator Metrics

Following metrics are available for Stash operator. These metrics are accessible through api endpoint of stash-operator service.

  • apiserver_audit_event_total
  • apiserver_client_certificate_expiration_seconds_bucket
  • apiserver_client_certificate_expiration_seconds_count
  • apiserver_client_certificate_expiration_seconds_sum
  • apiserver_current_inflight_requests
  • apiserver_request_count
  • apiserver_request_latencies_bucket
  • apiserver_request_latencies_count
  • apiserver_request_latencies_sum
  • apiserver_request_latencies_summary
  • apiserver_request_latencies_summary_count
  • apiserver_request_latencies_summary_sum
  • apiserver_storage_data_key_generation_failures_total
  • apiserver_storage_data_key_generation_latencies_microseconds_bucket
  • apiserver_storage_data_key_generation_latencies_microseconds_count
  • apiserver_storage_data_key_generation_latencies_microseconds_sum
  • apiserver_storage_envelope_transformation_cache_misses_total
  • authenticated_user_requests
  • etcd_helper_cache_entry_count
  • etcd_helper_cache_hit_count
  • etcd_helper_cache_miss_count
  • etcd_request_cache_add_latencies_summary
  • etcd_request_cache_add_latencies_summary_count
  • etcd_request_cache_add_latencies_summary_sum
  • etcd_request_cache_get_latencies_summary
  • etcd_request_cache_get_latencies_summary_count
  • etcd_request_cache_get_latencies_summary_sum

How to Enable Monitoring

You can enable monitoring through some flags while installing or upgrading or updating Stash via both script and Helm. You can also chose which monitoring agent to use for monitoring. Stash will configure respective resources accordingly. Here, are the list of available flags and their uses,

Script Flag Helm Values Acceptable Values Default Uses
--monitoring-agent monitoring.agent or none Specify which monitoring agent to use for monitoring Stash.
--monitoring-backup monitoring.backup true or false false Specify whether to monitor Stash backup and recovery.
--monitoring-operator monitoring.operator true or false false Specify whether to monitor Stash operator.
--prometheus-namespace monitoring.prometheus.namespace any namespace same namespace as Stash operator Specify the namespace where Prometheus server is running or will be deployed
--servicemonitor-label monitoring.serviceMonitor.labels any label For Helm installation, app: <generated app name> and release: <release name>. For script installation, app: stash Specify the labels for ServiceMonitor. Prometheus crd will select ServiceMonitor using these labels. Only usable when monitoring agent is

You have to provides these flags while installing or upgrading or updating Stash. Here, are examples for both script and Helm installation process are given which enable monitoring with Prometheuse server for backup & recovery and operator metrics.


$ helm install appscode/stash --name stash-operator --version 0.8.2 --namespace kube-system \
  --set \
  --set monitoring.backup=true \
  --set monitoring.operator=true \
  --set monitoring.prometheus.namespace=monitoring \
  --set monitoring.serviceMonitor.labels.k8s-app=prometheus


$ curl -fsSL  | bash -s -- \ \
  --monitoring-backup=true \
  --monitoring-operator=true \
  --prometheus-namespace=monitoring \

Next Steps

  • Learn how to monitor Stash using built-in Prometheus from here.
  • Learn how to monitor Stash using CoreOS Prometheus operator from here.
  • Learn how to use Grafana dashboard to visualize monitoring data from here.