Kubernetes Infra Metrics and Logs Collection


To export Kubernetes metrics, you can enable different receivers in OpenTelemetry collector which will send metrics about your Kubernetes infrastructure to SigNoz. These OpenTelemetry collectors will act as agents which send metrics about Kubernetes to SigNoz.

OtelCollector agent can also be used to tail and parse logs generated by container using filelog receiver and send it to desired receiver.

K8s-Infra helm chart mainly does the following:

  • Tails and parses logs generated by containers in Kubernetes cluster and sends to SigNoz
  • Collects kubelet metrics and host metrics from each nodes of the Kubernetes cluster
  • Collects cluster-level metrics from the Kubernetes API server
  • Acts as a gateway to send any incoming OTLP telemetry data to SigNoz OtelCollector

Based on how you are running SigNoz (e.g. SigNoz Cloud, in an independent VM or Kubernetes cluster), you have to provide the address to send data from the above receivers.

Install K8s-Infra chart

To add the SigNoz Helm repository to your helm client, run the following command:

helm repo add signoz https://charts.signoz.io

If the chart is already present, update the chart to the latest version:

helm repo update

To install the k8s-infra chart, run the following command:

helm install my-release signoz/k8s-infra  \
  --set otelCollectorEndpoint=ingest.{region}.signoz.cloud:443 \
  --set otelInsecure=false \
  --set signozApiKey=<SIGNOZ_INGESTION_KEY> \
  --set global.clusterName=<CLUSTER_NAME>

Depending on the choice of your region for SigNoz cloud, the ingestion endpoint will vary according to this table.

📝 Note
  • Replace SIGNOZ_INGESTION_KEY with the one provided by SigNoz.
  • Replace <CLUSTER_NAME> with the name of the Kubernetes cluster or a unique identifier of the cluster.

Send data from applications to OtelCollectors in your infra

Data flow from your application to SigNoz Cloud
OpenTelemetry instrumented application sends data to OTelAgent Daemon deployed in your k8s infra. The OTelAgent daemon sends the collected data to SigNoz Cloud.

To send data from your applications, you must first instrument it with OpenTelemetry. You can find instrumentation instructions for your specific language here.

Once you're done instrumenting your application, add below to your application manifest files for applications to start sending data to the otel-collectors running as daemonset. Eg. add the below config to the deployment.yaml of your application.

  - name: HOST_IP
        fieldPath: status.hostIP
  - name: K8S_POD_IP
        apiVersion: v1
        fieldPath: status.podIP
  - name: K8S_POD_UID
        fieldPath: metadata.uid
    value: "true"
    value: $(HOST_IP):4317
    value: service.name=APPLICATION_NAME,k8s.pod.ip=$(K8S_POD_IP),k8s.pod.uid=$(K8S_POD_UID)
📝 Note
  • Replace APPLICATION_NAME with your application name that you wish to see in SigNoz.
  • In cases of some SDKs, you would have to include https:// prefix for OTEL_EXPORTER_OTLP_ENDPOINT

Disable Logs Collection

In case you do not want to collect logs from your Kubernetes cluster, you can disable using presets in k8s-infra chart.

    enabled: false

Disable Metrics Collection

In case you do not want to collect metrics from your Kubernetes cluster, you can disable using presets in k8s-infra chart.

    enabled: false
    enabled: false
    enabled: false

  enabled: false

Plot Metrics in SigNoz UI

To plot metrics generated from k8s-infra chart, follow the instructions given in the docs here.

Check out the List of metrics from Kubernetes receiver.

Here are some examples of metrics dashboard.

  1. Import Dashboard with PVC Metrics

    You can import dashboard with PVC metrics of Kubernetes cluster from here.

  2. Import Dashboard with Overall Kubernetes pods Metrics

    You can import dashboard with the general Kubernetes pods metrics of your K8s cluster from here.

  3. Import Dashboard with Detailed Kubernetes pods Metrics

    You can import dashboard with more detailed granular Kubernetes pods metrics of your K8s cluster from here.

  4. Import Dashboard with Overall Kubernetes Node Metrics

    You can import dashboard with the general Kubernetes node metrics of your K8s cluster from here.

  5. Import Dashboard with Detailed Kubernetes Node Metrics

    You can import dashboard with more detailed granular Kubernetes node metrics of your K8s cluster from here.

In the Dashboard page of SigNoz UI, you can create your own widgets as per you need using metrics from the list below.

List of metrics

Kubernetes Metrics - kubeletstats and k8s_cluster

  • container_cpu_time
  • container_cpu_utilization
  • container_filesystem_available
  • container_filesystem_capacity
  • container_filesystem_usage
  • container_memory_available
  • container_memory_major_page_faults
  • container_memory_page_faults
  • container_memory_rss
  • container_memory_usage
  • container_memory_working_set
  • k8s_container_cpu_limit
  • k8s_container_cpu_request
  • k8s_container_memory_limit
  • k8s_container_memory_request
  • k8s_container_ready
  • k8s_container_restarts
  • k8s_daemonset_current_scheduled_nodes
  • k8s_daemonset_desired_scheduled_nodes
  • k8s_daemonset_misscheduled_nodes
  • k8s_daemonset_ready_nodes
  • k8s_deployment_available
  • k8s_deployment_desired
  • k8s_job_active_pods
  • k8s_job_desired_successful_pods
  • k8s_job_failed_pods
  • k8s_job_max_parallel_pods
  • k8s_job_successful_pods
  • k8s_namespace_phase
  • k8s_node_condition_memory_pressure
  • k8s_node_condition_ready
  • k8s_node_cpu_time
  • k8s_node_cpu_utilization
  • k8s_node_filesystem_available
  • k8s_node_filesystem_capacity
  • k8s_node_filesystem_usage
  • k8s_node_memory_available
  • k8s_node_memory_major_page_faults
  • k8s_node_memory_page_faults
  • k8s_node_memory_rss
  • k8s_node_memory_usage
  • k8s_node_memory_working_set
  • k8s_node_network_errors
  • k8s_node_network_io
  • k8s_pod_cpu_time
  • k8s_pod_cpu_utilization
  • k8s_pod_filesystem_available
  • k8s_pod_filesystem_capacity
  • k8s_pod_filesystem_usage
  • k8s_pod_memory_available
  • k8s_pod_memory_major_page_faults
  • k8s_pod_memory_page_faults
  • k8s_pod_memory_rss
  • k8s_pod_memory_usage
  • k8s_pod_memory_working_set
  • k8s_pod_network_errors
  • k8s_pod_network_io
  • k8s_pod_phase
  • k8s_replicaset_available
  • k8s_replicaset_desired
  • k8s_statefulset_current_pods
  • k8s_statefulset_desired_pods
  • k8s_statefulset_ready_pods
  • k8s_statefulset_updated_pods
  • k8s_volume_available
  • k8s_volume_capacity
  • k8s_volume_inodes
  • k8s_volume_inodes_free
  • k8s_volume_inodes_used
  • k8s_node_allocatable_cpu
  • k8s_node_allocatable_memory


  • system_network_connections
  • system_disk_weighted_io_time
  • system_disk_merged
  • system_disk_operation_time
  • system_disk_pending_operations
  • system_disk_io_time
  • system_disk_operations
  • system_disk_io
  • system_filesystem_inodes_usage
  • system_filesystem_usage
  • system_cpu_time
  • system_memory_usage
  • system_network_packets
  • system_network_dropped
  • system_network_io
  • system_network_errors
  • system_cpu_load_average_5m
  • system_cpu_load_average_15m
  • system_cpu_load_average_1m