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A very simple server monitoring solution.

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GraphIT ?

GraphIT is a really simple monitoring solution. Unlike other solutions like Cacti, GraphIT is very quick to setup, and very easy to use. On the other side, GraphIT is not designed for large monitoring task, and it targets geek who want to monitor their server in a simple way.

GraphIT is client/server based, uses SQLite as database backend and HTTP as transport protocol. It use REST (Representational State Transfer) principle to exchange data between agents and server, and server and frontend. All data are formated in JSON format.

Agent is a simple HTTP client that support POST request. A Python library is provided to facilitate agents creation in Python.

Frontend is a simple web page with JavaScript that queries GraphIT server with Ajax. Charts are rendered with flot JS library.



The installation is really simple, you just have to type that command (after installing setuptools package on your distro):

easy_install graphit


Configuration is exclusively made with help of graphitd command parameters. Type graphitd --help to have a list of available parameters.

GraphITize installation

GraphITize is the JavaScript/HTML frontend of GraphIT. Download from the latests version of GraphITize. Uncompress it on your web server.

Rely on provided index.html to understand how GraphITize work (it’s so simple !!).

You can host GraphITize on other server than GraphIT, and even run it on your desktop, without web server.

GraphIT implement JSONP and OPTIONS http method for Ajax Cross domain. JSONP is used by default because OPTIONS http method is only implemented on recent Firefox and Webkit versions. To use this latter, remove the “callback” parameter in your URL when you call graphitize().

Using Watchers

Watchers are prefabricated agents for GraphIT. They are distributed with GraphIT.

Watchers needs to be run regulary, you can use a crontask to do that, and you just have to choose an interval (which depend on the need of accuracy on the data).

Some watchers need a specific execution interval. For exemple graphit-vnstat is used to get network trafic speed on a specified interface. If you make a “snapshot” of speed every five minutes, you will have data that will be not representative of average speed of the last five minutes, but just during watcher’s execution.

To prevent this problem, vnstat is executed for a time specified by user (60 seconds by default), and returns trafic speed average for this time.

In this case, you CAN’T execute watcher more than one time by time specified, or many watcher instance will be executed at the same time.

Watchers binaries starts with “graphit-” prefix, and are installed at the same location as graphid binary.

Agent creation

Agent Python library is installed with server package (see Setup/Installation). To use it, you have to import GraphItAgent in graphit.client :

>>> from graphit.client import GraphItAgent

Then, you have just to instanciate it :

>>> agent = GraphItAgent('http://my-graphit-server/', login='graphit', passwd='secret')

Finally, to submit monitoring data use add_value method :

>>> agent.add_value(set='df', feed='sda', value=42, unit='%')

It’s that easy!


  • ADD: New watchers: graphit-vnstat and graphit-disk.

  • FIX: graphit-mem free information now converted in Mb

  • Code cleanup

  • This release introduce “Watchers”. Watchers are littles scripts that uses Watchers framework and allow to submit data to GraphIT daemon (through Python library for GraphIT). They are somehow prefabricated GraphIT agents, distributed with GraphIT, and usable with a common cli interface. Watchers added in this release are graphit-loadavg and graphit-mem. See setup to learn how to use it. More coming soon.

  • Bugfix release for a bug introduced in 0.4 release. Graphit will now start if index already exists on database.

  • Index will be automatically added if it doesnt exists.

  • Graphid database now use index on it database. That really improve response time on query… The modification only concerns new database creation, so, to create index on old database : sqlite3 <path to database> "CREATE INDEX "main"."idx" ON "monitdata" ("date" DESC, "set" ASC, "feed" ASC)" Thanks to Thibault VINCENT for idea.

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