Running Telegraf as a Windows service

This page documents an earlier version of Telegraf. Telegraf v1.17 is the latest stable version. View this page in the v1.17 documentation.

Telegraf natively supports running as a Windows service.

The following commands are available:

telegraf.exe --service installInstall telegraf as a service
telegraf.exe --service uninstallRemove the telegraf service
telegraf.exe --service startStart the telegraf service
telegraf.exe --service stopStop the telegraf service

Outlined below are the general steps to install Telegraf as a Service.

Installing a Windows service requires administrative permissions. Be sure to launch Powershell as administrator.

  1. Download the Telegraf binary and unzip its contents to C:\Program Files\InfluxData\Telegraf.
  2. In PowerShell, run the following as an administrator:

    > cd "C:\Program Files\InfluxData\Telegraf"
    > .\telegraf.exe --service install --config "C:\Program Files\InfluxData\Telegraf\telegraf.conf"

    When installing Telegraf as a Windows service, provide the absolute path of the Telegraf configuration file. Otherwise the Windows service may fail to start.

  3. To test that the installation works, run:

    > C:\"Program Files"\InfluxData\Telegraf\telegraf.exe --config C:\"Program Files"\InfluxData\Telegraf\telegraf.conf --test
  4. To start collecting data, run:

    telegraf.exe --service start

Logging and troubleshooting

When Telegraf runs as a Windows service, Telegraf logs messages to Windows event logs. If the Telegraf service fails to start, view error logs by selecting Event ViewerWindows LogsApplication.

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