Ouroboros Metrics

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Ouroboros Dashboard

A collection of observability tools for exporting and visualising metrics collected from Ouroboros.

Currently has one very simple exporter for InfluxDB, and provides additional visualization via grafana.

More features will be added over time.


Ouroboros version >= 0.18.3

InfluxDB OSS 2.0

python influxdb-client, install via

pip install 'influxdb-client[ciso]'

And you might also need pytz

pip install pytz

It is highly recommended to install grafana for visualization.

Setup InfluxDB

Install and run InfluxDB and create a bucket in InfluxDB for exporting Ouroboros metrics, and an API token for (reading and) writing to that bucket. Consult the InfluxDB documentation on how to do this. The default bucket name for the exporter is ouroboros-metrics, and it is simplest to use that name.

Set up Grafana

To use grafana, install and run grafana open source.

Go to the grafana UI (usually http://localhost:3000) and set up InfluxDB as your datasource: Go to Configuration -> Datasources -> Add datasource and select InfluxDB Set “flux” as the Query Language, and under “InfluxDB Details” set your Organization as in InfluxDB and set the copy/paste an API token for reading the bucket to the Token field.

To add the Ouroboros dashboard, select Dashboards -> Manage -> Import

and then either upload the json file from the metrics repository in


or copy the contents of that file to the “Import via panel json” textbox and click “Load”.

The dashboard in the repository assumes the bucket name to be ouroboros-metrics, and will require editing if you want to use a different bucket name.

Step by step instructions

On each of the machines running O7s, install the exporter

git clone https://ouroboros.rocks/git/ouroboros-metrics
cd ouroboros-metrics
cd exporters-influxdb/pyExporter/

It is common to create a virtual environment for Python and install the dependencies

python -m venv ./venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install --upgrade pip
pip install influxdb_client[ciso] pytz

Edit the config.ini.example file and fill out the InfluxDB information (token, org). This file will be identical on all machines.

url=http://<IP address of machine running InfluxDB>:8086

Save it as config.ini.

Now you can run the exporter:

python oexport.py

Options for the exporter can be shown using

$ python oexport.py --help
usage: oexport.py [-h] [-i INTERVAL] [-b BUCKET]

Ouroboros InfluxDB metrics exporter

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -i INTERVAL, --interval INTERVAL
                        Interval at which to collect metrics (milliseconds)
  -b BUCKET, --bucket BUCKET
                        InfluxDB bucket to write to

For instance, if you chose a different InfluxDB bucket name, run the exporter using the --bucket <yourbucketname> option.