Felix Prometheus Statistics

Felix can be configured to report a number of metrics through Prometheus. See the configuration reference for how to enable metrics reporting.

Metric Reference

Felix Specific

Felix exports a number of Prometheus metrics. The current set is as follows. Since some metrics are tied to particular implementation choices inside Felix we can’t make any hard guarantees that metrics will persist across releases. However, we aim not to make any spurious changes to existing metrics.

Name Description
felix_active_local_endpoints Number of active endpoints on this host.
felix_active_local_policies Number of active policies on this host.
felix_active_local_selectors Number of active selectors on this host.
felix_active_local_tags Number of active tags on this host.
felix_calc_graph_output_events Number of events emitted by the calculation graph.
felix_calc_graph_update_time_seconds Seconds to update calculation graph for each datastore OnUpdate call.
felix_calc_graph_updates_processed Number of datastore updates processed by the calculation graph.
felix_cluster_num_host_endpoints Total number of host endpoints cluster-wide.
felix_cluster_num_hosts Total number of calico hosts in the cluster.
felix_cluster_num_workload_endpoints Total number of workload endpoints cluster-wide.
felix_exec_time_micros Summary of time taken to fork/exec child processes
felix_int_dataplane_addr_msg_batch_size Number of interface address messages processed in each batch. Higher values indicate we’re doing more batching to try to keep up.
felix_int_dataplane_apply_time_seconds Time in seconds that it took to apply a dataplane update.
felix_int_dataplane_failures Number of times dataplane updates failed and will be retried.
felix_int_dataplane_iface_msg_batch_size Number of interface state messages processed in each batch. Higher values indicate we’re doing more batching to try to keep up.
felix_int_dataplane_messages Number dataplane messages by type.
felix_int_dataplane_msg_batch_size Number of messages processed in each batch. Higher values indicate we’re doing more batching to try to keep up.
felix_ipset_calls Number of ipset commands executed.
felix_ipset_errors Number of ipset command failures.
felix_ipset_lines_executed Number of ipset operations executed.
felix_ipsets_calico Number of active Calico IP sets.
felix_ipsets_total Total number of active IP sets.
felix_iptables_chains Number of active iptables chains.
felix_iptables_lines_executed Number of iptables rule updates executed.
felix_iptables_restore_calls Number of iptables-restore calls.
felix_iptables_restore_errors Number of iptables-restore errors.
felix_iptables_rules Number of active iptables rules.
felix_iptables_save_calls Number of iptables-save calls.
felix_iptables_save_errors Number of iptables-save errors.
felix_resync_state Current datastore state.
felix_resyncs_started Number of times Felix has started resyncing with the datastore.
felix_route_table_list_seconds Time taken to list all the interfaces during a resync.
felix_route_table_per_iface_sync_seconds Time taken to sync each interface

Prometheus metrics are self-documenting, with metrics turned on, curl can be used to list the metrics along with their help text and type information:

$ curl -s http://localhost:9091/metrics | head
# HELP felix_active_local_endpoints Number of active endpoints on this host.
# TYPE felix_active_local_endpoints gauge
felix_active_local_endpoints 91
# HELP felix_active_local_policies Number of active policies on this host.
# TYPE felix_active_local_policies gauge
felix_active_local_policies 0
# HELP felix_active_local_selectors Number of active selectors on this host.
# TYPE felix_active_local_selectors gauge
felix_active_local_selectors 82
# HELP felix_active_local_tags Number of active tags on this host.
...

CPU / Memory metrics

Felix also exports the default set of metrics that Prometheus makes available. Currently, those include:

Name Description
go_gc_duration_seconds A summary of the GC invocation durations.
go_goroutines Number of goroutines that currently exist.
go_memstats_alloc_bytes Number of bytes allocated and still in use.
go_memstats_alloc_bytes_total Total number of bytes allocated, even if freed.
go_memstats_buck_hash_sys_bytes Number of bytes used by the profiling bucket hash table.
go_memstats_frees_total Total number of frees.
go_memstats_gc_sys_bytes Number of bytes used for garbage collection system metadata.
go_memstats_heap_alloc_bytes Number of heap bytes allocated and still in use.
go_memstats_heap_idle_bytes Number of heap bytes waiting to be used.
go_memstats_heap_inuse_bytes Number of heap bytes that are in use.
go_memstats_heap_objects Number of allocated objects.
go_memstats_heap_released_bytes_total Total number of heap bytes released to OS.
go_memstats_heap_sys_bytes Number of heap bytes obtained from system.
go_memstats_last_gc_time_seconds Number of seconds since 1970 of last garbage collection.
go_memstats_lookups_total Total number of pointer lookups.
go_memstats_mallocs_total Total number of mallocs.
go_memstats_mcache_inuse_bytes Number of bytes in use by mcache structures.
go_memstats_mcache_sys_bytes Number of bytes used for mcache structures obtained from system.
go_memstats_mspan_inuse_bytes Number of bytes in use by mspan structures.
go_memstats_mspan_sys_bytes Number of bytes used for mspan structures obtained from system.
go_memstats_next_gc_bytes Number of heap bytes when next garbage collection will take place.
go_memstats_other_sys_bytes Number of bytes used for other system allocations.
go_memstats_stack_inuse_bytes Number of bytes in use by the stack allocator.
go_memstats_stack_sys_bytes Number of bytes obtained from system for stack allocator.
go_memstats_sys_bytes Number of bytes obtained by system. Sum of all system allocations.
process_cpu_seconds_total Total user and system CPU time spent in seconds.
process_max_fds Maximum number of open file descriptors.
process_open_fds Number of open file descriptors.
process_resident_memory_bytes Resident memory size in bytes.
process_start_time_seconds Start time of the process since unix epoch in seconds.
process_virtual_memory_bytes Virtual memory size in bytes.