Running Telegraf as a Windows service

Warning! This page documents an earlier version of Telegraf, which is no longer actively developed. Telegraf v1.8 is the most recent stable version of Telegraf.

Running Telegraf as a Windows service

Telegraf natively supports running as a Windows service. Outlined below are the general steps to set it up.

  1. Obtain the Telegraf distribution for Windows.
  2. Create the directory C:\Program Files\Telegraf (if you install in a different location, specify the -config parameter with the desired location)
  3. Place the telegraf.exe and the telegraf.conf files into C:\Program Files\Telegraf.
  4. To install the service into the Windows Service Manager, run the following in PowerShell as an administrator. If necessary, you can wrap any spaces in the file directories in double quotes "<file directory>":
   > C:\"Program Files"\Telegraf\telegraf.exe --service install
  1. Edit the configuration file to meet your requirements.

  2. To verify that it works, run:

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

Other supported operations

Telegraf can manage its own service through the --service flag:

Command Effect
telegraf.exe --service install Install telegraf as a service
telegraf.exe --service uninstall Remove the telegraf service
telegraf.exe --service start Start the telegraf service
telegraf.exe --service stop Stop the telegraf service