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Monitor Pinot using Prometheus and Grafana

Here we will introduce how to monitor Pinot with Prometheus and Grafana in Kubernetes environment.


  • Kubernetes v1.16.5
  • HelmCharts v3.1.2

Deploy Pinot

Install Pinot helm repo

## Adding Pinot helm repo
helm repo add pinot https://raw.githubusercontent.com/apache/pinot/master/kubernetes/helm
## Extract all the configurable values of Pinot Helm into a config.
helm inspect values pinot/pinot > /tmp/pinot-values.yaml

Configure Pinot Helm to enable Prometheus JMX Exporter

1. Configure jvmOpts:
Add JMX Prometheus Java Agent to controller.jvmOpts / broker.jvmOpts/ server.jvmOpts . Note that Pinot Docker image already packages jmx_prometheus_javaagent.jar.
Below config will expose pinot metrics to port 8008 for Prometheus to scrape.
jvmOpts: "-javaagent:/opt/pinot/etc/jmx_prometheus_javaagent/jmx_prometheus_javaagent.jar=8008:/opt/pinot/etc/jmx_prometheus_javaagent/configs/pinot.yml -Xms256M -Xmx1G"
You can port forward port 8008 to local and access metrics though: http://localhost:8008/metrics
Sample output of JMX metrics
2. Configure service annotations:
Add Prometheus related annotations to enable Prometheus to scrape metrics.
  • controller.service.annotations
  • broker.service.annotations
  • server.service.annotations
  • controller.podAnnotations
  • broker.podAnnotations
  • server.podAnnotations
"prometheus.io/scrape": "true"
"prometheus.io/port": "8008"
"prometheus.io/scrape": "true"
"prometheus.io/port": "8008"

Deploy Pinot Helm

kubectl create ns pinot
helm install pinot pinot/pinot -n pinot --values /tmp/pinot-values.yaml

Deploy Prometheus

Once Pinot is deployed and running, we can start deploy Prometheus.
Similar to Pinot Helm, we will have Prometheus Helm and its config yaml file:
helm repo add prometheus-community https://prometheus-community.github.io/helm-charts
helm inspect values prometheus-community/prometheus > /tmp/prometheus-values.yaml
Configure Prometheus
Remember to check the configs:
  • server.persistentVolume: data storage location/size limit/storage class
  • server.retention: how long to keep the data (default is 15d)
Deploy Prometheus
kubectl create ns prometheus
helm install prometheus prometheus-community/prometheus -n prometheus --values /tmp/prometheus-values.yaml
Access Prometheus
Port forward Prometheus service to local and open the page on localhost:30080
kubectl port-forward service/prometheus-server 30080:80 -n prometheus
Then we can query metrics Prometheus scrapped:

Deploy Grafana

Similar to Pinot Helm, we will have Grafana Helm and it's config yaml file:
helm repo add grafana https://grafana.github.io/helm-charts
helm inspect values grafana/grafana > /tmp/grafana-values.yaml
  • Configure Grafana
  • Deploy Grafana
kubectl create ns grafana
helm install grafana grafana/grafana -n grafana --values /tmp/grafana-values.yaml
  • Get Password to access Grafana
kubectl get secret --namespace grafana grafana -o jsonpath="{.data.admin-password}" | base64 --decode ; echo
  • Access Grafana dashboard
You can access it locally through port forwarding:
kubectl port-forward service/grafana 20080:80 -n grafana
Once open the dashboard, you can login with credential:
Grafana Dashboard
  • Add data source
Click on Prometheus and set HTTP URL to : http://prometheus-server.prometheus.svc.cluster.local
Prometheus data source config
  • Configure Pinot Dashboard
Once data source is added, we can import a Pinot Dashboard:
Grafana Import Button
A sample Pinot dashboard JSON is:
Upload this file and select Prometheus as data source to finish the import:
Grafana Import Page
Then you can explore and make your own Pinot dashboard.