PLEASE NOTE: This document applies to v0.8 version and not to the latest release v0.9

Documentation for other releases can be found by using the version selector in the left bottom of any doc page.


Each Rook cluster has some built in metrics collectors/exporters for monitoring with Prometheus. If you do not have Prometheus running, follow the steps below to enable monitoring of Rook. If your cluster already contains a Prometheus instance, it will automatically discover Rooks scrape endpoint using the standard and annotations.

Prometheus Operator

First the Prometheus operator needs to be started in the cluster so it can watch for our requests to start monitoring Rook and respond by deploying the correct Prometheus pods and configuration. A full explanation can be found in the Prometheus operator repository on github, but the quick instructions can be found here:

kubectl apply -f

This will start the Prometheus operator, but before moving on, wait until the operator is in the Running state:

kubectl get pod

Once the Prometheus operator is in the Running state, proceed to the next section.

Prometheus Instances

With the Prometheus operator running, we can create a service monitor that will watch the Rook cluster and collect metrics regularly. From the root of your locally cloned Rook repo, go the monitoring directory:

cd cluster/examples/kubernetes/monitoring

Create the service monitor as well as the Prometheus server pod and service:

kubectl create -f service-monitor.yaml
kubectl create -f prometheus.yaml
kubectl create -f prometheus-service.yaml

Ensure that the Prometheus server pod gets created and advances to the Running state before moving on:

kubectl -n rook-ceph get pod prometheus-rook-prometheus-0

Prometheus Web Console

Once the Prometheus server is running, you can open a web browser and go to the URL that is output from this command:

echo "http://$(kubectl -n rook-ceph -o jsonpath={.status.hostIP} get pod prometheus-rook-prometheus-0):30900"

You should now see the Prometheus monitoring website.

Prometheus Monitoring Website

Click on Graph in the top navigation bar.

Prometheus Add graph

In the dropdown that says insert metric at cursor, select any metric you would like to see, for example ceph_cluster_total_used_bytes

Prometheus Select Metric

Click on the Execute button.

Prometheus Execute Metric

Below the Execute button, ensure the Graph tab is selected and you should now see a graph of your chosen metric over time.

Prometheus Execute Metric

Prometheus Consoles

You can find Prometheus Consoles here: A guide to how you can write your own Prometheus consoles can be found on the official Prometheus site here:

Grafana Dashboards

The dashboards have been created by @galexrt. For feedback on the dashboards please reach out to him on the Slack.

NOTE The dashboards are only compatible with Grafana 5.0.3 or higher.

The following Grafana dashboards are available:


To clean up all the artifacts created by the monitoring walkthrough, copy/paste the entire block below (note that errors about resources “not found” can be ignored):

kubectl delete -f service-monitor.yaml
kubectl delete -f prometheus.yaml
kubectl delete -f prometheus-service.yaml
kubectl -n rook-ceph delete statefulset prometheus-rook-prometheus
kubectl delete -f

Then the rest of the instructions in the Prometheus Operator docs can be followed to finish cleaning up.

Special Cases

Tectonic Bare Metal

Tectonic strongly discourages the tectonic-system Prometheus instance to be used outside their intentions, so you need to create a new Prometheus Operator yourself. After this you only need to create the service monitor as stated above.