One page summary of how to start with the Prometheus Operator and kube-prometheus.
The easiest way of starting with the Prometheus Operator is by deploying it as part of kube-prometheus.
kube-prometheus deploys the Prometheus Operator and already schedules a Prometheus called
prometheus-k8s with alerts and rules by default.
All you need is access to a Kubernetes cluster with kubectl!
Note: For versions before Kubernetes v1.20.z refer to the Kubernetes compatibility matrix in order to choose a compatible branch.
Get the kube-prometheus project
For a quick start we are going to deploy a compiled version of the Kubernetes manifests.
You can either clone the kube-prometheus from GitHub
git clone https://github.com/prometheus-operator/kube-prometheus.git
or download the current main branch as zip file and extract its contents:
Once you have the files on your machine change into the project’s root directory.
# Create the namespace and CRDs, and then wait for them to be availble before creating the remaining resources kubectl create -f manifests/setup until kubectl get servicemonitors --all-namespaces ; do date; sleep 1; echo ""; done kubectl create -f manifests/
We create the namespace and CustomResourceDefinitions first to avoid race conditions when deploying the monitoring components.
Alternatively, the resources in both folders can be applied with a single command
kubectl create -f manifests/setup -f manifests,
but it may be necessary to run the command multiple times for all components to be created successfullly.
Prometheus, Alertmanager, and Grafana dashboards can be accessed quickly using
kubectl port-forward after running the quickstart via the commands below.
You can also learn how to expose via an Ingress →
kubectl --namespace monitoring port-forward svc/prometheus-k8s 9090
Open Prometheus on localhost:9090 in your browser.
For your own applications we recommend running one or more other instances.
kubectl --namespace monitoring port-forward svc/alertmanager-main 9093
Open Alertmanager on localhost:9093 in your browser.
kubectl --namespace monitoring port-forward svc/grafana 3000
Open Grafana on localhost:3000 in your browser.
You can login with the username
admin and password
If you’re done experimenting with kube-prometheus and the Prometheus Operator you can simply teardown the deployment by running:
kubectl delete --ignore-not-found=true -f manifests/ -f manifests/setup
kube-prometheus is developed as a library.
The idea is that you get a Kubernetes cluster monitoring stack and additionally you can add more Prometheus servers.