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prometheus (6) Versions 0.5.1

Installs/Configures Prometheus

cookbook 'prometheus', '= 0.5.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'prometheus', '= 0.5.1'
knife supermarket install prometheus
knife supermarket download prometheus
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prometheus Cookbook

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This cookbook installs the Prometheus monitoring system and time-series database.


  • Chef 11 or higher
  • Ruby 1.9.3 or higher


Tested on

  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • Debian 7.7
  • Centos 6.6
  • Centos 7.0


In order to keep the README managable and in sync with the attributes, this
cookbook documents attributes inline. The usage instructions and default
values for attributes can be found in the individual attribute files.



The default recipe installs creates all the default Prometheus directories,
config files and and users. Default also calls the configured install_method
recipe and finally calls the prometheus service recipe.


The source recipe builds Prometheus from a Github source tag.


The binary recipe retrieves and installs a pre-compiled Prometheus build from
a user-defined location.


The service recipe configures Prometheus to run under a process supervisor.
Default supervisors are chosen based on distribution. Currently supported
supervisors are init, runit, systemd and bluepill. (Upstart coming soon)



This resource adds a job definition to the Prometheus config file. Here is an
example of using this resource to define the default Prometheus job:

prometheus_job ‘prometheus’ do
  scrape_interval   ‘15s’
  target            “http://localhost#{node[‘prometheus’][‘flags’][‘web.listen-address’]}#{node[‘prometheus’][‘flags’][‘web.telemetry-path’]}”

Note: This cookbook uses the accumulator pattern so you can define multiple
prometheus_job’s and they will all be added to the Prometheus config.

Externally managing prometheus.conf

If you prefer to manage your prometheus.conf file externally using your own
inventory or service discovery mechanism you can set
default[‘prometheus’][‘allow_external_config’] to true.


The following cookbooks are dependencies:



Include prometheus in your node's run_list:

  "run_list": [


Please see the [Contributing]( and [Issue Reporting]( Guidelines.

License & Authors

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”);
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

Dependent cookbooks

apt >= 0.0.0
yum >= 0.0.0
build-essential >= 0.0.0
runit ~> 1.5
bluepill ~> 2.3
accumulator >= 0.0.0
ark >= 0.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

Change Log

All notable changes to this project will be documented in this file.


0.5.1 - 2015-03-25


  • Updated documentation.

0.5.0 - 2015-03-25


  • Added systemd init for redhat platform family version 7 or greater.
  • Default init style per platform.
  • Install Prometheus via pre-compiled binary.
  • Added the prometheus_job resource for defining Prometheus scraping jobs.
  • Attribute flag to externally manage prometheus.conf file.


  • Removed flags that were deprecated in the prometheus 0.12.0 release.

Contributors for this release:

Thank You!

0.4.0 - 2015-03-12


  • Fix init template path bug on chef 11.x.

0.3.0 - 2015-03-11


  • Fixed cookbook badge in README

0.2.0 - 2015-03-11


  • License defined in metadata.

0.1.0 - 2015-03-11


  • Initial release of prometheus cookbook

Collaborator Number Metric

0.5.1 passed this metric

Contributing File Metric

0.5.1 failed this metric

Failure: To pass this metric, your cookbook metadata must include a source url, the source url must be in the form of, and your repo must contain a file

Cookstyle Metric

0.5.1 failed this metric

Chef/Correctness/ScopedFileExist: Scope file exist to access the correct File class by using ::File.exist? not File.exist?. ( prometheus/recipes/source.rb: 43
Chef/Deprecations/ResourceWithoutUnifiedTrue: Set `unified_mode true` in Chef Infra Client 15.3+ custom resources to ensure they work correctly in Chef Infra Client 18 (April 2022) when Unified Mode becomes the default. ( prometheus/resources/job.rb: 1
Chef/Modernize/UseBuildEssentialResource: Use the build_essential resource instead of the legacy build-essential recipe. This resource ships in the build-essential cookbook v5.0+ and is built into Chef Infra Client 14+ ( prometheus/recipes/source.rb: 20
Chef/RedundantCode/NamePropertyIsRequired: Resource properties marked as name properties should not also be required properties ( prometheus/resources/job.rb: 4

Run with Cookstyle Version 7.32.1 with cops Chef/Deprecations,Chef/Correctness,Chef/Sharing,Chef/RedundantCode,Chef/Modernize,Chef/Security,InSpec/Deprecations

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