Monitoring Docker with docker-scout

docker monitoring

When it comes to agent-based monitoring and Docker, you're typically choosing between two bad options: (1) install the agent and its dependencies directly on the host or (2) running an agent in every container.

Enter docker-scout. docker-scout is the Scout monitoring agent distributed via a Docker image. It's zero-dependency Docker monitoring: just run our image and your host is monitored.

Quick Start

1. Create a configuration file

Create a file called scoutd.yml (or copy our template). Your account_key is required, all other values are optional.


2. Run the docker image

Run the scout image, mounting the scoutd.yml file. Running the image will first download the image, if it is not already locally available. Run the following command in the directory containing your scoutd.yml file:

docker run -d --name scout-agent \
    -v /proc:/host/proc:ro \
    -v /etc/mtab:/host/etc/mtab:ro \
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/host/var/run/docker.sock:ro \
    -v `pwd`/scoutd.yml:/etc/scout/scoutd.yml \
    --net=host --privileged scoutapp/docker-scout

Monitoring Docker Containers

Monitor the resource usage of your running containers with our Docker Monitoring Plugin

Questions? Using Docker?

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