Learn about the Wavefront Linux Host Integration.

Linux Host Integration

Monitoring Linux hosts is easy with Wavefront. This integration installs and configures Telegraf to send host metrics into Wavefront. Telegraf is a light-weight server process capable of collecting, processing, aggregating, and sending metrics to a Wavefront proxy.

In addition to setting up the metrics flow, this integration also installs a dashboard. Here’s the CPU section of a dashboard displaying Linux host metrics.


To see a list of the metrics for this integration, select the integration from https://github.com/influxdata/telegraf/tree/master/plugins/inputs.

Linux Host Setup

This integration uses various Telegraf input plugins and offers several setup options

  • Use a proxy already running in your environment (preferred) or create a new proxy.
  • Install the Wavefront proxy and Telegraf agent on the same host or on separate hosts.

You can choose automatic installation or manual installation and configuration. For proxy installation prerequisites, see the Proxy Host Requirements.

Install Wavefront Proxy and Telegraf Agent Automatically

Log in to your Wavefront instance and follow the instructions in the Setup tab to install Telegraf and a Wavefront proxy in your environment. If a proxy is already running in your environment, you can select that proxy and the Telegraf install command connects with that proxy. Sign up for a free trial to check it out!

Install and Configure Wavefront Proxy and Telegraf Agent Manually

You can install the Wavefront proxy and Telegraf agent manually from our package cloud repositories.

  1. Install the Wavefront proxy packages.
  2. Go to the Wavefront proxy directory created during the package installation: cd /opt/wavefront/wavefront-proxy.
  3. Run the interactive configuration script: bin/autoconf-wavefront-proxy.sh. The script prompts you for the following properties:
    • server - https://YOUR_CLUSTER.wavefront.com/api/
    • token - YOUR_API_TOKEN
    • hostname - A name (alphanumeric plus periods) unique across your entire account representing the machine that the proxy is running on. The hostname is not used to tag your data; rather, it’s used to tag data internal to the proxy, such as JVM statistics, per-proxy point rates, and so on.
    • enable graphite - Indicate whether to enable the Graphite format. See the Graphite integration for details on Graphite configuration. When the interactive configuration is complete, the Wavefront proxy configuration at /etc/wavefront/wavefront-proxy/wavefront.conf is updated with the input that you provided and the wavefront-proxy service is started.
  4. Restart the proxy: sudo service wavefront-proxy restart (Optional).
  5. Verify that the proxy has registered with the Wavefront server.
  6. Install the Telegraf packages.
  7. Create a file called 10-wavefront.conf in /etc/telegraf/telegraf.d and enter the following:
      port = 2878
      metric_separator = "."
      source_override = ["hostname", "agent_host", "node_host"]
      convert_paths = true
  8. Restart the Telegraf agent: sudo service telegraf restart

Uninstall the Wavefront Proxy and Telegraf Agent


sudo apt-get remove wavefront-proxy
sudo apt-get remove telegraf


sudo yum remove wavefront-proxy
sudo yum remove telegraf