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Install Grafana/InfluxDB/Telegraf using Docker Compose

project42 profile image Project-42 ・5 min read

I used Grafana some time ago, but moved away from it, since I started other projects.

Not sure exactly why, but since I rebuild my NAS and moved from FreeNAS to Openmedaivault I decided to check Grafana again and have it installed as docker containers in the new system (openmediavault is a debian based system, which allows some extra goodies like NFS and docker when you add OVM Extras)

Anyway, this is not really relevant, since the following document should work for any x86 system with Docker and Docker Compose installed (there are other guides you can find to get the ARM version for the docker builds if you want to try in Raspberry Pi)

Lets start creating the project and volumes directories

root@vault:/etc/docker# cd /vol01/
root@vault:/vol01# mkdir -p Docker/monitoring
root@vault:/vol01# cd Docker/monitoring

Create a Docker Compose playbook, which will contain all the necessary info for the different builds.

Reading the playbook you can see what we are doing.

We build Grafana and make sure the port 3000 where normally listen, is redirected to the port 3000 of the host. Same for the InfluxDB and its port 8086

We also create a bridge network called monitoring to make sure the Containers have access to the host and internet

For Telegraf configuration we need to make sure the default configuration file is "redirected" to the file created in the host, so we don't need to enter the container to modify anything, will be done directly in the host

The 2 Persistent Volume will allow to get the data into the host so it makes the installation more permanent.

Of course, remember to chose better USER/PASSWORDS if you are doing this. I just wanted to give it a try :)

root@vault:/vol01/Docker/monitoring# cat docker-compose.yml
version: "2"
    image: grafana/grafana
    container_name: grafana
    restart: always
      - 3000:3000
      - monitoring
      - grafana-volume:/vol01/Docker/monitoring
    image: influxdb
    container_name: influxdb
    restart: always
      - 8086:8086
      - monitoring
      - influxdb-volume:/vol01/Docker/monitoring
      - INFLUXDB_DB=telegraf
      - INFLUXDB_USER=telegraf

    image: telegraf
    container_name: telegraf
    restart: always
     - "influxdb:"
      HOST_PROC: /rootfs/proc
      HOST_SYS: /rootfs/sys
      HOST_ETC: /rootfs/etc
     - ./telegraf.conf:/etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf:ro
     - /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro
     - /sys:/rootfs/sys:ro
     - /proc:/rootfs/proc:ro
     - /etc:/rootfs/etc:ro
    external: true
    external: true

Create telegraf.conf file and add the following default configuration.

For mi case, the host IP is and I also added some ping input just to try to see some of my local devices

root@vault:/vol01/Docker/monitoring# cat telegraf.conf

  interval = "60s"
  round_interval = true
  metric_batch_size = 1000
  metric_buffer_limit = 10000
  collection_jitter = "0s"
  flush_interval = "10s"
  flush_jitter = "0s"
  precision = ""
  hostname = ""
  omit_hostname = false

urls = [""]
database = "telegraf"
timeout = "5s"
username = "telegraf"
password = "Welcome1"

interval = "5s"
urls = ["", "", "", "", "", ""]
count = 4
ping_interval = 1.0
timeout = 2.0

  percpu = true
  totalcpu = true
  collect_cpu_time = false
  report_active = false

  ignore_fs = ["tmpfs", "devtmpfs", "devfs", "iso9660", "overlay", "aufs", "squashfs"]








Start everything in the docker-compose playbook. It will take some time since needs to download all the images if you don't have it, but should be less than 5 minutes if your system is fast enough

root@vault:/vol01/Docker/monitoring# docker-compose up -d
Creating network "monitoring_monitoring" with the default driver
Pulling grafana (grafana/grafana:)...
latest: Pulling from grafana/grafana
4167d3e14976: Pull complete
dd2bf2ad25d9: Pull complete
bc3026833a3a: Pull complete
8789bc1f4250: Pull complete
fc931efc1e71: Pull complete
09de0f0f5c91: Pull complete
b9833e14e8a2: Pull complete
763366917f49: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:b409a69218ca5990b61e33fe00121c94b2f9b5a7ec2f3118c703454c26067020
Status: Downloaded newer image for grafana/grafana:latest
Creating grafana  ... done
Creating influxdb ... done

and Voila! we just got Grafana running. Enter the host IP and port 3000 and you are ready to start
To enter Grafana, the default user and password is "admin", but will request you to create new password in the first login process.

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You just need to set InfluxDB as the default Datasource using the details we set in our Docker Compose:

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I recommend you to have a look to different Dashboards you can import just adding the ID into the import dialog, very handy

Some additional notes I would like to add.

You can always enter the containers from the host and add for example plugins for Grafana.

In this example, I'm using grafana-cli to install raintank-worldping-app plugin and doing a container restart

root@vault:/vol01/Docker/monitoring/telegraf# docker exec -i grafana sh -c 'grafana-cli plugins install raintank-worldping-app'
installing raintank-worldping-app @ 1.2.7
into: /var/lib/grafana/plugins

¿ Installed raintank-worldping-app successfully

Restart grafana after installing plugins . <service grafana-server restart>


root@vault:/vol01/Docker/monitoring/telegraf# docker restart grafana

Something else you can easily do, is to ad more tools to telegraf, so you make sure you can user more input, like ipmitool

root@vault:/vol01/Docker/monitoring# docker exec -i telegraf sh -c 'apt-get update && apt-get install ipmitool -y'

If you want to check information directly from the InfluxDB, you can enter the influxdb container and access the telegraf DB we created for this example:

root@vault:/vol01/Docker/monitoring# docker exec -it influxdb sh
# influx
Connected to http://localhost:8086 version 1.8.0
InfluxDB shell version: 1.8.0

> use telegraf
Using database telegraf

> show measurements
name: measurements

> select * from snmp limit 5
name: snmp
time                agent_host    host          hostname ifConnectorPresent ifCounterDiscontinuityTime ifHCInBroadcastPkts ifHCInMulticastPkts ifHCInOctets ifHCInUcastPkts ifHCOutBroadcastPkts ifHCOutMulticastPkts ifHCOutOctets ifHCOutUcastPkts ifHighSpeed ifInBroadcastPkts ifInMulticastPkts ifName ifOutBroadcastPkts ifOutMulticastPkts ifPromiscuousMode
----                ----------    ----          -------- ------------------ -------------------------- ------------------- ------------------- ------------ --------------- -------------------- -------------------- ------------- ---------------- ----------- ----------------- ----------------- ------ ------------------ ------------------ -----------------
1589035381000000000 raspi    1                  0                          0                   0                   389903772615 462952905       0                    0                    368758163852  375893063        100         0                 0                 eth0   0                  0                  2
1589035381000000000 raspi    2                  0                          0                   0                   52457171     271373          0                    0                    52457171      271373           10          0                 0                 lo     0                  0                  2
1589035381000000000 raspi    1                  0                          0                   0                   0            0               0                    0                    0             0                0           0                 0                 wlan0  0                  0                  2
1589035381000000000 raspi    1                  0                          0                   0                   5199967172   4139726         0                    0                    134835203     1845713          0           0                 0                 tun0   0                  0                  2
1589035440000000000 raspi    1                  0                          0                   0                   389903837726 462953205       0                    0                    368758211825  375893248        100         0                 0                 eth0   0                  0                  2

Hope this makes you to start your Grafana project. Is a very versatile tool and with Docker, you can just have it installed and tested anywhere you like

Discussion (8)

jt196 profile image
jt196 • Edited

Dude there's some weird formatting going on in the docker-compose file. I'm fairly new to it so could be wrong, the Telegraf ENV section has non-standard (maybe CLI?) formatting:

      HOST_PROC: /rootfs/proc
      HOST_SYS: /rootfs/sys
      HOST_ETC: /rootfs/etc

Shouldn't it be:

      - HOST_PROC=/rootfs/proc
      - HOST_SYS=/rootfs/sys
      - HOST_ETC=/rootfs/etc

I tried adding these with other standard variables and the basically got eaten up into the final line. Or I got error codes.

project42 profile image
Project-42 Author

I think it depends of your version (I'm not expert either :) )

You can set the docker composer "syntax version" you want to use .
The files I have in the post works as long as you use that version, but is true that if you don't specify "version 2" you may have issues... I know because I have same problems you mentioned trying other stuff... :)

Have a look here to see how to set it up

This is the system I use:

vault in /vol01/Docker/monitoring ○ → docker-compose --version
docker-compose version 1.21.0, build unknown
vault in /vol01/Docker/monitoring ○ → docker --version
Docker version 19.03.8, build afacb8b7f0
vault in /vol01/Docker/monitoring ○ → head -1 /etc/*rel*
PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)"

I just tried to start grafana again and seems that I made a mistake adding this at the end:

    external: true
    external: true

I just changed to false so you dont have to have the volumens created previously.. but not sure if that is the issue you are having.. sorry

    external: false
    external: false
15:02:39 |=| vault in /vol01/Docker/monitoring ○ → docker-compose up -d
Creating volume "monitoring_grafana-volume" with default driver
Creating volume "monitoring_influxdb-volume" with default driver
Creating grafana  ... done
Creating influxdb ... done
Creating telegraf ... done

15:02:43 |=| vault in /vol01/Docker/monitoring ○ → 

let me know the errors and see if I can help :)

boiddude profile image

If you don't have a host IP what would you use instead. I am having an issue with telegraf being able to put any information into influx. Any ideas? I am using a docker-compose file. Also you set a user of telegraf but no password. It shouldn't use admin's password by default. How would you set the telegraf user password in docker-compose? Thanks for any help you can offer. I tried substituting localhost in for the ip address but that didn't work.

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project42 profile image
Project-42 Author

Sorry, I did this a while ago and I think I was testing more things because some of the parameters looks like are no really needed

have a look to this tutorial to undertand what I tried to do but with docker instead of doing it directly in the system:

I guess you could use "localhost" instead the IP.
In my system, I wanted to monitor the rest of the "" network, so I created the "monitoring network" so the containers had access to the rest of that network. Hope that makes sense
Checking other implementations, looks like is not really necessary, but it depends of what you want to make with it.
Check this compose file

No need for user/passwords in the docker compose file.
Looks like you can just use this:

    image: influxdb
    container_name: influxdb
    restart: always
      - 8086:8086
      - 8082:8082
      - 8083:8083
      - 8089:8089/udp
      - monitoring
      - influxdb-volume:/vol01/Docker/monitoring
      #- INFLUXDB_DB=telegraf
      #- INFLUXDB_USER=telegraf

      #- INFLUXDB_ADMIN_USER=admin

And this in the telegraf.conf file:

urls = [""]
database = "telegraf"

Have a look to the influxdb login policy:

If you have logging set in your telegraf.conf file, you can see the logs to see what errors can see.
For example, I changed the password to incorrect one and this is what you can see:

server → docker exec -it telegraf bash
root@795542fcbc9d:/# grep -i influx /var/log/telegraf/telegraf.log
2020-09-05T10:22:50Z I! Loaded outputs: influxdb
2020-09-05T10:22:50Z D! [agent] Attempting connection to [outputs.influxdb]
2020-09-05T10:22:51Z D! [agent] Successfully connected to outputs.influxdb
2020-09-05T11:40:03Z D! [outputs.influxdb] Wrote batch of 35 metrics in 17.422285ms
2020-09-05T11:40:03Z D! [outputs.influxdb] Buffer fullness: 0 / 10000 metrics
2020-09-05T11:40:13Z D! [outputs.influxdb] Wrote batch of 35 metrics in 11.678203ms
2020-09-05T11:40:13Z D! [outputs.influxdb] Buffer fullness: 0 / 10000 metrics
2020-09-05T11:40:23Z D! [outputs.influxdb] Wrote batch of 35 metrics in 11.370412ms
2020-09-05T11:40:23Z D! [outputs.influxdb] Buffer fullness: 0 / 10000 metrics
2020-09-05T11:40:33Z D! [outputs.influxdb] Wrote batch of 35 metrics in 19.247827ms
2020-09-05T11:40:33Z D! [outputs.influxdb] Buffer fullness: 0 / 10000 metrics
ptrg0 profile image

Hi, just wanted to let you know your this tutorial doesn't work anymore. There are some changes in influxdb configuration from version 2.0. When I used your code examples, Telegraf reported 401 Unauthorized every time it wanted to post anything to influx.

If anyone is struggling with it like I was: you need to specify older version of docker image. In docker compose use image: influxdb:1.8-alpine.

project42 profile image
Project-42 Author

Sorry to hear that, and thanks for pointing it out.
It has been a while since I tried it, maybe will try newer version in the future :)

trombose009 profile image

your manual is really nice. I just have a Grafana/InfluxDB/Telegraf Installation in Docker running. But because I am a noob, I do not know how to autostart these three applications if the raspberry pi reboots.
Can anyone tell me what I should do? Or maybe a link to a website where it is explained with example?
Thank you so much!

project42 profile image
Project-42 Author

Have a look here, I think it is exactly what you are looking for

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