Prometheus remote_write metricsetedit

This functionality is in beta and is subject to change. The design and code is less mature than official GA features and is being provided as-is with no warranties. Beta features are not subject to the support SLA of official GA features.

This is the remote_write metricset of the module prometheus. This metricset can receive metrics from a Prometheus server that has configureed remote_write setting accordingly, for instance:

  - url: "http://localhost:9201/write"

In order to assure the health of the whole queue, the following configuration parameters should be considered:

  • max_shards: Sets the maximum number of parallelism with which Prometheus will try to send samples to Metricbeat. It is recommended that this setting should be equal to the number of cores of the machine where Metricbeat runs. Metricbeat can handle connections in parallel and hence setting max_shards to the number of parallelism that Metricbeat can actually achieve is the optimal queue configuration.
  • max_samples_per_send: Sets the number of samples to batch together for each send. Recommended values are between 100 (default) and 1000. Having a bigger batch can lead to improved throughput and in more efficient storage since Metricbeat groups metrics with the same labels into same event documents. However this will increase the memory usage of Metricbeat.
  • capacity: It is recommended to set capacity to 3-5 times max_samples_per_send. Capacity sets the number of samples that are queued in memory per shard, and hence capacity should be high enough so as to be able to cover max_samples_per_send.

Metrics sent to the http endpoint will be put by default under the prometheus.metrics prefix with their labels under prometheus.labels. A basic configuration would look like:

- module: prometheus
  metricsets: ["remote_write"]
  host: "localhost"
  port: "9201"

Also consider using secure settings for the server, configuring the module with TLS/SSL as shown:

- module: prometheus
  metricsets: ["remote_write"]
  host: "localhost"
  ssl.certificate: "/etc/pki/server/cert.pem"
  ssl.key: "/etc/pki/server/cert.key"
  port: "9201"

and on Prometheus side:

  - url: "https://localhost:9201/write"
        cert_file: "/etc/prometheus/my_key.pem"
        key_file: "/etc/prometheus/my_key.key"
        # Disable validation of the server certificate.
        #insecure_skip_verify: true


For a description of each field in the metricset, see the exported fields section.

Here is an example document generated by this metricset:

    "@timestamp": "2020-02-28T13:55:37.221Z",
    "@metadata": {
        "beat": "metricbeat",
        "type": "_doc",
        "version": "8.0.0"
    "service": {
        "type": "prometheus"
    "agent": {
        "version": "8.0.0",
        "type": "metricbeat",
        "ephemeral_id": "ead09243-0aa0-4fd2-8732-1e09a6d36338",
        "hostname": "host1",
        "id": "bd12ee45-881f-48e4-af20-13b139548607"
    "ecs": {
        "version": "1.4.0"
    "host": {},
    "event": {
        "dataset": "prometheus.remote_write",
        "module": "prometheus"
    "metricset": {
        "name": "remote_write"
    "prometheus": {
        "metrics": {
            "container_tasks_state": 0
        "labels": {
            "name": "nodeexporter",
            "id": "/docker/1d6ec1931c9b527d4fe8e28d9c798f6ec612f48af51949f3219b5ca77e120b10",
            "container_label_com_docker_compose_oneoff": "False",
            "instance": "cadvisor:8080",
            "container_label_com_docker_compose_service": "nodeexporter",
            "state": "iowaiting",
            "monitor": "docker-host-alpha",
            "container_label_com_docker_compose_project": "dockprom",
            "job": "cadvisor",
            "image": "prom/node-exporter:v0.18.1",
            "container_label_maintainer": "The Prometheus Authors <>",
            "container_label_com_docker_compose_config_hash": "2cc2fedf6da5ff0996a209d9801fb74962a8f4c21e44be03ed82659817d9e7f9",
            "container_label_com_docker_compose_version": "1.24.1",
            "container_label_com_docker_compose_container_number": "1",
            "container_label_org_label_schema_group": "monitoring"