This guide will show you how to capture Telegraf output, submit sample metrics, and see how Telegraf formats and emits points to its output plugins.
A quick way to view Telegraf output is by enabling a new UDP output plugin to run in parallel with the existing output plugins. Since each output plugin creates its own stream, the already existing outputs will not be affected. Traffic will be replicated to all active outputs.
NOTE: This approach requires Telegraf to be restarted, which will cause a brief interruption to your metrics collection.
The minimal Telegraf configuration required to enable a UDP output is:
[[outputs.influxdb]] urls = ["udp://localhost:8089"]
This setup utilizes the UDP format of the InfluxDB output plugin and emits points formatted in InfluxDB’s line protocol. You will need to append this section to the Telegraf configuration file and restart Telegraf for the change to take effect.
Now you are ready to start listening on the destination port (
8089 in this example) using a simple tool like
nc -lup 8089
nc will print the exact Telegraf output on stdout.
You can also direct the output to a file for further inspection:
nc -lup 8089 > telegraf_dump.txt
Submit test inputs
Once you have Telegraf’s output arriving to your
nc socket, you can enable the inputs.socket_listener plugins to submit some sample metrics.
Append the TCP or UDP input section to Telegraf’s config file and restart Telegraf for the change to take effect.
[[inputs.socket_listener]] service_address = "tcp://:8094" data_format = "influx"
Submit sample data to the Telegraf socket listener:
echo 'mymeasurement,my_tag_key=mytagvalue my_field="my field value"' | nc localhost 8094
The output from your
netcat listener will look like the following:
mymeasurement,host=kubuntu,my_tag_key=mytagvalue my_field="my field value" 1478106104713745634
Testing other plugins
The same approach can be used to test other plugins, like the inputs.statsd plugin.
Here is a basic configuration example of how to set up the Telegraf statsd input plugin:
[[inputs.statsd]] service_address = ":8125" metric_separator = "_" allowed_pending_messages = 10000
Sending a sample metric to the Telegraf statsd port:
echo "a.b.c:1|g" | nc -u localhost 8125
The output from
nc will look like the following:
a_b_c,host=myserver,metric_type=gauge value=1 1478106500000000000
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