Monitoring Quickstart

DigitalOcean Monitoring is a free, opt-in service that gathers metrics about Droplet-level resource utilization. It provides additional Droplet graphs and supports configurable metrics alert policies with integrated email Slack notifications to help you track the operational health of your infrastructure.

Install the Metrics Agent during Droplet Creation

The easiest way to install the DigitalOcean metrics agent on a Droplet is when you create the Droplet.

From the Droplet create page, in the Additional Options section, check Monitoring. The metrics agent will be automatically installed and enabled during the Droplet creation process.

Once the metrics agent is enabled and has gathered enough data, the Graphs section of your Droplet's detail page displays extended metrics and new graphs.

Install the Metrics Agent on Existing Droplets

You can use DigitalOcean's installation script to enable the metrics agent on an existing Droplet. The script adds a repository to your system and uses the native package manager to install the metrics agent.

To use the installation script, run the following command on your Droplet.

curl -sSL https://repos.insights.digitalocean.com/install.sh | sudo bash

Once the metrics agent is enabled and has gathered enough data, the Graphs section of your Droplet's detail page displays extended metrics and new graphs.

Create Alert Policies

Once the metrics agent has been installed on your Droplets, you can begin creating alert policies.

  1. From the control panel, click Monitoring in the menu, then click Create alert policy.
  2. Choose the metric you want to track, the threshold you want to alert on (above or below), and the alert interval.
  3. Select the Droplets or tags that you want to apply the alert policy to.
  4. Select an alert notification method: email or Slack.
  5. Name the alert policy and click Create alert policy.

You can view triggered and resolved alerts in the control panel. You'll also receive emails or Slack notifications if you enabled them.

Remove the Metrics Agent

To remove the DigitalOcean Agent, use your native package manager:

  • On Ubuntu and Debian, use sudo apt-get purge do-agent.
  • On CentOS and Fedora, use sudo yum remove do-agent.