Edge Delta Kubernetes Metrics Input

Scrape Kubernetes metrics.


You can use the Kubernetes Metrics Input node to scrape certain Kubernetes metrics. All Kubernetes metrics families are scraped by default.

Metrics have the following prerequisites:

  1. To ingest Kube State Metrics, KSM must be deployed in the same cluster as the Edge Delta agent.
  2. To ingest node-exporter metrics, node-exporter must be deployed in the same cluster as the Edge Delta agent.
  3. All metric processing nodes, such as logs to metrics nodes, must be connected to the Metrics Output node.

The Edge Delta agent uses eBPF to collect network metrics. Therefore, the following Kubernetes environment configuration is required for Kubernetes network metrics and eBPF to work:

  • Linux kernel version 5.8 or later.
  • Linux kernel built with the CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF=y and CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF_MODULES=y flags.

To check for the flag:

docker run -it --rm --privileged --pid=host ubuntu nsenter -t 1 -m -u -n -i sh -c 'cat /proc/config.gz | gunzip | grep CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF'


In the case of minikube, the agent can run on minikube with the Docker driver. Docker must be at least v26.0.0 (Docker Desktop v4.29.0) and it is started as follows:

minikube start --driver docker


The following metrics are ingested by the node:

Kube State Metrics (KSM)

To ingest Kube State Metrics, a version of KSM must be deployed in the same cluster as the Edge Delta agent to ingest Kube State Metrics into Edge Delta. Please see external KSM documentation and more info about installation here. The following two KSM metrics are required for Kubernetes requests and limits to be exposed via Edge Delta Golden Signals:

  • ed_k8s_metric_kube_pod_container_resource_requests_<resource>.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kube_pod_container_resource_limits_<resource>.value

You will need to restart the Edge Delta agent after installing Kube State Metrics:

kubectl rollout restart daemonset/edgedelta -n edgedelta

cAdvisor: See external documentation here.

  • ed_k8s_metric_container_cpu_cfs_throttled_periods.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_cpu_cfs_periods.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_cpu_cfs_throttled_seconds.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_cpu_usage_seconds.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_fs_writes_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_fs_reads_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_spec_cpu_period.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_last_seen.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_memory_usage_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_network_receive_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_network_receive_errors.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_network_receive_packets_dropped.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_network_receive_packets.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_network_transmit_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_network_transmit_errors.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_network_transmit_packets_dropped.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_network_transmit_packets.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_container_processes.value

Kubelet: See external documentation here.

  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_cgroup_manager_duration_seconds.histogram
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_cgroup_manager_duration_seconds_sum.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_cgroup_manager_duration_seconds_count.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_node_config_error.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pleg_relist_duration_seconds.histogram
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pleg_relist_duration_seconds_sum.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pleg_relist_duration_seconds_count.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pleg_relist_interval_seconds.histogram
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pleg_relist_interval_seconds_sum.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pleg_relist_interval_seconds_count.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pod_start_duration_seconds.histogram
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pod_start_duration_seconds_sum.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pod_start_duration_seconds_count.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pod_worker_duration_seconds.histogram
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pod_worker_duration_seconds_sum.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_pod_worker_duration_seconds_count.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_running_containers.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_running_pods.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_runtime_operations_duration_seconds.histogram
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_runtime_operations_duration_seconds_sum.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_runtime_operations_duration_seconds_count.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_runtime_operations_errors.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_kubelet_runtime_operations.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_process_cpu_seconds.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_process_resident_memory_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_rest_client_request_duration_seconds.histogram
  • ed_k8s_metric_rest_client_request_duration_seconds_sum.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_rest_client_request_duration_seconds_count.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_rest_client_requests.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_storage_operation_duration_seconds.histogram
  • ed_k8s_metric_storage_operation_duration_seconds_sum.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_storage_operation_duration_seconds_count.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_volume_manager_total_volumes.value

Node exporter:

To ingest node-exporter metrics, a version of node-exporter must be deployed in the same cluster as the Edgedelta agent to ingest node-exporter metrics into Edge Delta. Please see external node-exporter documentation and for more info about installation.

  • ed_k8s_metric_node_cpu_seconds.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_disk_read_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_disk_read_time_seconds.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_disk_write_time_seconds.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_disk_written_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_filesystem_avail_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_filesystem_free_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_filesystem_size_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_memory_mem_available_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_memory_mem_free_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_memory_mem_total_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_network_receive_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_network_receive_drop.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_network_receive_errs.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_network_transmit_bytes.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_network_transmit_drop.value
  • ed_k8s_metric_node_network_transmit_errs.value

Example Configuration

  - name: ed_k8s_metrics
    type: ed_k8s_metrics_input
      - node_exporter  
    scrape_interval: 1m

Example Output Metric

  "timestamp": "1581452773000000789",
  "resource": {
    "host.name": "host-1",
    "ed.tag": "test-config",
    "ed.org.id": "0481a213-....",
    "__src_name": "source_name",
    "src_type": "K8s",
    "__logical_source": "logical_source",
    "__short_src_name": "short_source_name",
    "__group_name": "group_name",
    "k8s.namespace.name": "edgedelta",
    "k8s.pod.name": "api-deployment-d79fab72249c",
    "k8s.container.name": "echo:latest",
    "k8s.labels.app": "my-api",
  "_type": "metric",
  "attributes": {
  "_stat_type": "count",  
  "name": "error.count",
  "kind": "sum",
  "sum": {
    "is_monotonic": false,
    "value": 10

Required Parameters


A descriptive name for the node. This is the name that will appear in Visual Pipelines and you can reference this node in the yaml using the name. It must be unique across all nodes. It is a yaml list element so it begins with a - and a space followed by the string. It is a required parameter for all nodes.

  - name: <node name>
    type: <node type>

type: ed_k8s_metrics_input

The type parameter specifies the type of node being configured. It is specified as a string from a closed list of node types. It is a required parameter.

  - name: <node name>
    type: <node type>

Optional Parameters


The exclude parameter is used to specify which metrics not to scrape. At least one metric must be scraped. By default, the node scrapes the following:

  • cadvisor
  • node_exporter
  • kubelet
  • kube_state_metrics

It is specified as text array and it is optional.

  - name: <node name>
    type: ed_k8s_metrics_input
      - node_exporter  


The scrape_interval parameter is used to specify the interval at which the Edge Delta agent scrapes metric endpoints. It is specified as a duration and it is optional. The default is 1m.

  - name: <node name>
    type: ed_k8s_metrics_input
    scrape_interval: 1m