Prometheus with existing application on OpenShift

Setting up Prometheus with any application

Suraj Deshmukh

2 minute read

This post is very specific to OpenShift and how you can have an application exposing prometheus metrics to be scraped by a prometheus running in the same cluster.



Setting up cluster

I have done it using the oc cluster up, read about how to do this here. You could also setup a local OpenShift cluster by running minishift, read about setting up minishift here.

Downloading Kedge

The configurations defined for setting up this cluster is written in a format that is understood by a tool called Kedge. This makes configuration easier to understand and edit. So for using this setup download Kedge and put it in your path as explained here.

OpenShift Origin

Following the setup

Make sure you have a running OpenShift cluster

oc new-project monitor

Now if your metrics exporting service if it is backed by https then set this flag otherwise the default is http.

export APP_SCHEME=https

Give your application name

export APP_NAME=wit

This one is important, here I have put in the link to the cluster which is exposing metrics, you can put yours.


Download the latest Prometheus Kedge file prometheus.yml. Or you can also download the prometheus.yml which was created as of this writing.

kedge apply -f prometheus.yml

Finally visit this URL to start seeing your prometheus dashboard.

echo http://$(oc get routes | grep prometheus | awk '{print $2}')

How it looks?

$ oc new-project monitor
Already on project "monitor" on server "".

You can add applications to this project with the 'new-app' command. For example, try:

    oc new-app centos/ruby-22-centos7~

to build a new example application in Ruby.

$ export APP_SCHEME=https
$ export APP_NAME=wit
$ export

$ kedge apply -f prometheus.yml
persistentvolumeclaim "prometheus-storage" created
service "prometheus" created
route "prometheus" created
configmap "prometheus-config" created
deployment "prometheus" created

$ echo http://$(oc get routes | grep prometheus | awk '{print $2}')

Prometheus dashboard

Happy monitoring!

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