Install Prometheus on Ubuntu 17.10

In this article we will install Prometheus on Ubuntu Server.  Prometheus is a monitoring solution that monitors and alerts from time-series metrics.

Setting Up

I created a VM with 4 vCPUs and 4G of memory.  Install Ubuntu Server 17.10 and install all the updates.

# apt update && apt upgrade -y
# reboot

Installing Prometheus On Ubuntu

Now we need to download Prometheus.  At the time of this writing the latest version of Prometheus is 2.2.1 so we will download that version.

# wget --no-check-certificate

Extract the tarbal and change to the new directory

# tar -xzvf prometheus-2.2.1.linux-amd64.tar.gz
# cd prometheus-2.2.1.linux-amd64

Starting Prometheus

Run the following command to start prometheus:

# ./prometheus --config.file=prometheus.yaml

You can now access the dashboard at the following URL:


Promethus Dashboard

Configuring SystemD

Lastly to finish our install Prometheus on Ubuntu, we need to configure Prometheus to run as a SystemD service.

# mkdir /etc/prometheus
# cp prometheus.yaml /etc/prometheus
# cd ..
# mv prometheus-2.2.1.linux-amd64 /usr/local/bin/prometheus

Create a new file /etc/systemd/system/prometheus.service and add the following contents:


ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/prometheus/prometheus --config.file=/etc/prometheus/prometheus.yaml
ExecReload=/bin/kill -HUP $MAINPID


Start the service

# systemctl start prometheus.service
# systemctl enable prometheus.service
# systemctl status prometheus.service

You should see the service is active and running.

You now know how to install Promethus on Ubuntu 17.10

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