Monitoring your Anka Build Cloud with Prometheus

Prometheus is a powerful monitoring and alerting toolkit. You can use it to store Anka Controller, Registry, and VM metrics to build out or integrating into existing graphing tools like Grafana.

While exactly how you should install Prometheus and Grafana are outside of our bounds of support, we do have a way to set it up locally (using docker), connect it to your Build Cloud Controller, and start playing around on your machine. The script you can run to achieve this can be found on our Getting Started Github Repo.

Once the getting-started repo is cloned into your local machine, you need to start a docker container with Prometheus. Execute the run in docker script:

cd getting-started && ./PROMETHEUS/run-prometheus-on-docker.bash

Once running, visit the url and port it created for you (shown in the output of the script)

Prometheus does not collect metrics from the Anka Build Cloud by default. You’ll need to run the Anka Prometheus Exporter for that. Use the Getting Started Github Repo script for this:

❯ ./PROMETHEUS/install-and-run-anka-prometheus-on-mac.bash
]] Removing previous files and processes
]] Downloading anka-prometheus-exporter from github
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100   193  100   193    0     0   1331      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--  1331
100   656  100   656    0     0   2429      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--  2429
100 6614k  100 6614k    0     0  7440k      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 7440k
  inflating: anka-prometheus-exporter
]] Running /tmp/anka-prometheus-exporter --controller-address http://anka.controller:8090 and backgrounding the process
PID: 2323
Endpoint URL: anka.prometheus:2112
❯ {"level":"info","msg":"Starting Prometheus Exporter for Anka (2.1.0)","time":"2021-03-22T15:19:17-04:00"}
{"level":"info","msg":"Serving metrics at /metrics and :2112","time":"2021-03-22T15:19:17-04:00"}

This will run the exporter in the background (it will not be available after you reboot your machine and you’ll have to re-run the script). The exporter is set up, by default, to connect to http://anka.controller:8090 and your controller may not be running at this URL and port. Feel free to modify the script!

Next, you’ll want to confirm that the metrics are now available in Prometheus:

Once you’ve confirmed the metric are available, you can now use the built-in graph and alerting for several metrics. For example, anka_node_states to see when Node connectivity to the controller fails, anka_instance_state_count to see when instances are throwing errors, anka_node_cpu_util to trigger alarms when VMs are crippling the Node, and much more. A full list of metrics is available at

We won’t go into depth with setting up Grafana as it’s already covered on

Grafana will need to connect to the host and port for Prometheus. This is available at http://host.docker.internal:8095 if you used the scripts in the Getting Started repo.

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