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Prometheus metrics exporter for Flask

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Prometheus Flask exporter

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This library provides HTTP request metrics to export into Prometheus. It can also track method invocations using convenient functions.


Install using PIP:

pip install prometheus-flask-exporter

or paste it into requirements.txt:

# newest version

# or with specific version number

and then install dependencies from requirements.txt file as usual:

pip install -r requirements.txt


from flask import Flask, request
from prometheus_flask_exporter import PrometheusMetrics

app = Flask(__name__)
metrics = PrometheusMetrics(app)

# static information as metric'app_info', 'Application info', version='1.0.3')

def main():
    pass  # requests tracked by default

def skip():
    pass  # default metrics are not collected

@metrics.counter('invocation_by_type', 'Number of invocations by type',
         labels={'item_type': lambda: request.view_args['type']})
def by_type(item_type):
    pass  # only the counter is collected, not the default metrics

@metrics.gauge('in_progress', 'Long running requests in progress')
def long_running():

@metrics.summary('requests_by_status', 'Request latencies by status',
                 labels={'status': lambda r: r.status_code})
@metrics.histogram('requests_by_status_and_path', 'Request latencies by status and path',
                   labels={'status': lambda r: r.status_code, 'path': lambda: request.path})
def echo_status(status):
    return 'Status: %s' % status, status

Default metrics

The following metrics are exported by default (unless the export_defaults is set to False).

  • flask_http_request_duration_seconds (Histogram) Labels: method, path and status. Flask HTTP request duration in seconds for all Flask requests.
  • flask_http_request_total (Counter) Labels: method and status. Total number of HTTP requests for all Flask requests.
  • flask_http_request_exceptions_total (Counter) Labels: method and status. Total number of uncaught exceptions when serving Flask requests.
  • flask_exporter_info (Gauge) Information about the Prometheus Flask exporter itself (e.g. version).

The prefix for the default metrics can be controlled by the defaults_prefix parameter. If you don't want to use any prefix, pass the prometheus_flask_exporter.NO_PREFIX value in. The buckets on the default request latency histogram can be changed by the buckets parameter, and if using a summary for them is more appropriate for your use case, then use the default_latency_as_histogram=False parameter.

To register your own default metrics that will track all registered Flask view functions, use the register_default function.

app = Flask(__name__)
metrics = PrometheusMetrics(app)

def simple_get():
        'by_path_counter', 'Request count by request paths',
        labels={'path': lambda: request.path}

Note: register your default metrics after all routes have been set up. Also note, that Gauge metrics registered as default will track the /metrics endpoint, and this can't be disabled at the moment.

If you want to apply the same metric to multiple (but not all) endpoints, create its wrapper first, then add to each function.

app = Flask(__name__)
metrics = PrometheusMetrics(app)

by_path_counter = metrics.counter(
    'by_path_counter', 'Request count by request paths',
    labels={'path': lambda: request.path}

def simple_get():
def plain():
def not_tracked_by_path():

You can avoid recording metrics on individual endpoints by decorating them with @metrics.do_not_track(), or use the excluded_paths argument when creating the PrometheusMetrics instance that takes a regular expression (either a single string, or a list) and matching paths will be excluded. These apply to both built-in and user-defined default metrics, unless you disable it by setting the exclude_user_defaults argument to False. If you have functions that are inherited or otherwise get metrics collected that you don't want, you can use @metrics.exclude_all_metrics() to exclude both default and non-default metrics being collected from it.


By default, the metrics are exposed on the same Flask application on the /metrics endpoint and using the core Prometheus registry. If this doesn't suit your needs, set the path argument to None and/or the export_defaults argument to False plus change the registry argument if needed.

The group_by constructor argument controls what the default request duration metric is tracked by: endpoint (function) instead of URI path (the default). This parameter also accepts a function to extract the value from the request, or a name of a property of the request object. Examples:

PrometheusMetrics(app, group_by='path')         # the default
PrometheusMetrics(app, group_by='endpoint')     # by endpoint
PrometheusMetrics(app, group_by='url_rule')     # by URL rule

def custom_rule(req):  # the Flask request object
    """ The name of the function becomes the label name. """
    return '%s::%s' % (req.method, req.path)

PrometheusMetrics(app, group_by=custom_rule)    # by a function

# Error: this is not supported:
PrometheusMetrics(app, group_by=lambda r: r.path)

The group_by_endpoint argument is deprecated since 0.4.0, please use the new group_by argument.

The register_endpoint allows exposing the metrics endpoint on a specific path. It also allows passing in a Flask application to register it on but defaults to the main one if not defined.

Similarly, the start_http_server allows exposing the endpoint on an independent Flask application on a selected HTTP port. It also supports overriding the endpoint's path and the HTTP listen address.

You can also set default labels to add to every request managed by a PrometheusMetrics instance, using the default_labels argument. This needs to be a dictionary, where each key will become a metric label name, and the values the label values. These can be constant values, or dynamic functions, see below in the Labels section.

The static_labels argument is deprecated since 0.15.0, please use the new default_labels argument.

If you use another framework over Flask (perhaps Connexion) then you might return responses from your endpoints that Flask can't deal with by default. If that is the case, you might need to pass in a response_converter that takes the returned object and should convert that to a Flask friendly response. See ConnexionPrometheusMetrics for an example.


When defining labels for metrics on functions, the following values are supported in the dictionary:

  • A simple static value
  • A no-argument callable
  • A single argument callable that will receive the Flask response as the argument

Label values are evaluated within the request context.

Initial metric values

For more info see:

Metrics without any labels will get an initial value. Metrics that only have static-value labels will also have an initial value. (except when they are created with the option initial_value_when_only_static_labels=False) Metrics that have one or more callable-value labels will not have an initial value.

Application information

The method provides a way to expose information as a Gauge metric, the application version for example.

The metric is returned from the method to allow changing its value from the default 1:

metrics = PrometheusMetrics(app)
info ='dynamic_info', 'Something dynamic')


See some simple examples visualized on a Grafana dashboard by running the demo in the examples/sample-signals folder.

Example dashboard

App Factory Pattern

This library also supports the Flask app factory pattern. Use the init_app method to attach the library to one or more application objects. Note, that to use this mode, you'll need to use the for_app_factory() class method to create the metrics instance, or pass in None for the app in the constructor.

metrics = PrometheusMetrics.for_app_factory()
# then later:

Securing the metrics endpoint

If you wish to have authentication (or any other special handling) on the metrics endpoint, you can use the metrics_decorator argument when creating the PrometheusMetrics instance. For example to integrate with Flask-HTTPAuth use it like it's shown in the example below.

app = Flask(__name__)
auth = HTTPBasicAuth()
metrics = PrometheusMetrics(app, metrics_decorator=auth.login_required)

# ... other authentication setup like @auth.verify_password below

See a full example in the examples/flask-httpauth folder.

Custom metrics endpoint

You can also take full control of the metrics endpoint by generating its contents, and managing how it is exposed by yourself.

app = Flask(__name__)
# path=None to avoid registering a /metrics endpoint on the same Flask app
metrics = PrometheusMetrics(app, path=None)

# later ... generate the response (and its content type) to expose to Prometheus
response_data, content_type = metrics.generate_metrics()

See the related conversation in issue #135.

Debug mode

Please note, that changes being live-reloaded, when running the Flask app with debug=True, are not going to be reflected in the metrics. See for more details.

Alternatively - since version 0.5.1 - if you set the DEBUG_METRICS environment variable, you will get metrics for the latest reloaded code. These will be exported on the main Flask app. Serving the metrics on a different port is not going to work most probably - e.g. PrometheusMetrics.start_http_server(..) is not expected to work.


Getting accurate metrics for WSGI apps might require a bit more setup. See a working sample app in the examples folder, and also the prometheus_flask_exporter#5 issue.

Multiprocess applications

For multiprocess applications (WSGI or otherwise), you can find some helper classes in the prometheus_flask_exporter.multiprocess module. These provide convenience wrappers for exposing metrics in an environment where multiple copies of the application will run on a single host.

# an extension targeted at Gunicorn deployments
from prometheus_flask_exporter.multiprocess import GunicornPrometheusMetrics

app = Flask(__name__)
metrics = GunicornPrometheusMetrics(app)

# then in the Gunicorn config file:
from prometheus_flask_exporter.multiprocess import GunicornPrometheusMetrics

def when_ready(server):

def child_exit(server, worker):

Also see the GunicornInternalPrometheusMetrics class if you want to have the metrics HTTP endpoint exposed internally, on the same Flask application.

# an extension targeted at Gunicorn deployments with an internal metrics endpoint
from prometheus_flask_exporter.multiprocess import GunicornInternalPrometheusMetrics

app = Flask(__name__)
metrics = GunicornInternalPrometheusMetrics(app)

# then in the Gunicorn config file:
from prometheus_flask_exporter.multiprocess import GunicornInternalPrometheusMetrics

def child_exit(server, worker):

There's a small wrapper available for Gunicorn and uWSGI, for everything else you can extend the prometheus_flask_exporter.multiprocess.MultiprocessPrometheusMetrics class and implement the should_start_http_server method at least.

from prometheus_flask_exporter.multiprocess import MultiprocessPrometheusMetrics

class MyMultiprocessMetrics(MultiprocessPrometheusMetrics):
    def should_start_http_server(self):
        return this_worker() == primary_worker()

This should return True on one process only, and the underlying Prometheus client library will collect the metrics for all the forked children or siblings.

An additional Flask extension for apps with processes=N and threaded=False exists with the MultiprocessInternalPrometheusMetrics class.

from flask import Flask
from prometheus_flask_exporter.multiprocess import MultiprocessInternalPrometheusMetrics

app = Flask(__name__)
metrics = MultiprocessInternalPrometheusMetrics(app)


if __name__ == '__main__':'', 4000, processes=5, threaded=False)

Note: this needs the PROMETHEUS_MULTIPROC_DIR environment variable to point to a valid, writable directory.

You'll also have to call the metrics.start_http_server() function explicitly somewhere, and the should_start_http_server takes care of only starting it once. The examples folder has some working examples on this.

Please also note, that the Prometheus client library does not collect process level metrics, like memory, CPU and Python GC stats when multiprocessing is enabled. See the prometheus_flask_exporter#18 issue for some more context and details.

A final caveat is that the metrics HTTP server will listen on any paths on the given HTTP port, not only on /metrics, and it is not implemented at the moment to be able to change this.

uWSGI lazy-apps

When uWSGI is configured to run with lazy-apps, exposing the metrics endpoint on a separate HTTP server (and port) is not functioning yet. A workaround is to register the endpoint on the main Flask application.

app = Flask(__name__)
metrics = UWsgiPrometheusMetrics(app)
# instead of metrics.start_http_server(port)

See #31 for context, and please let me know if you know a better way!

Connexion integration

The Connexion library has some support to automatically deal with certain response types, for example dataclasses, which a plain Flask application would not accept. To ease the integration, you can use ConnexionPrometheusMetrics in place of PrometheusMetrics that has the response_converter set appropriately to be able to deal with whatever Connexion supports for Flask integrations.

import connexion
from prometheus_flask_exporter import ConnexionPrometheusMetrics

app = connexion.App(__name__)
metrics = ConnexionPrometheusMetrics(app)

See a working sample app in the examples folder, and also the prometheus_flask_exporter#61 issue.

There's a caveat about this integration, where any endpoints that do not return JSON responses need to be decorated with @metrics.content_type('...') as this integration would force them to be application/json otherwise.

metrics = ConnexionPrometheusMetrics(app)

def plain_response():
    return 'plain text'

See the prometheus_flask_exporter#64 issue for more details.

Flask-RESTful integration

The Flask-RESTful library has some custom response handling logic, which can be helpful in some cases. For example, returning None would fail on plain Flask, but it works on Flask-RESTful. To ease the integration, you can use RESTfulPrometheusMetrics in place of PrometheusMetrics that sets the response_converter to use the Flask-RESTful API response utilities.

from flask import Flask
from flask_restful import Api
from prometheus_flask_exporter import RESTfulPrometheusMetrics

app = Flask(__name__)
restful_api = Api(app)
metrics = RESTfulPrometheusMetrics(app, restful_api)

See a working sample app in the examples folder, and also the prometheus_flask_exporter#62 issue.



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