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Prometheus Exporter

TNSR includes a Prometheus exporter which supports statistical data from the dataplane (VPP) only. This data is typically fed into Grafana. When active, the service listens for connections on TCP port 9482.

See also

Configuring Grafana and its supporting systems is outside the scope of this documentation. Consult its documentation for details.


The Prometheus service on TNSR does not perform authentication or encryption. Only transmit data across trusted network paths, and do not expose the service to untrusted networks.

Data exported by Prometheus may be sensitive in nature, so protect access to the service with appropriate standard ACLs if the service is running in the dataplane namespace. Do not open access to the Prometheus port unilaterally. The default host ACL ruleset allows access to the Prometheus port.

Configuring Prometheus

prometheus <namespace> enable

Enables the Prometheus Exporter service in either the host or dataplane namespace.


Using the host namespace is more secure as limits the exposure of the service to host OS management networks.

After enabling the service, start it as described in Service Control.

prometheus <namespace> disable

Disables the Prometheus Exporter service in the given namespace.

prometheus <namespace> filter <regex> [<regex> […]]

Adds one or more regular expression filters which limit the data exposed by the service. For a list of items which can be filtered, query the service as described in Querying Prometheus Data.

no prometheus <namespace> filter <regex>

Removes a filter.

Querying Prometheus Data

The URL for metrics is: http://<IP address>:9482/metrics

In the URL, <IP address> is an IP address on an interface in the appropriate namespace. For example, if Prometheus is running in the host namespace, the IP address would be from a host OS management interface on TNSR.


This service is not meant to be queried by a web browser. Use a client which understands Prometheus data, or a client such as curl which will print the data returned by the service when testing.


The Prometheus statistics daemon uses an AF_INET6 socket which can accept connections from both IPv4 and IPv6 clients. When viewing the daemon process, it will show tcp6, IPv6, or similar strings in the output. This is normal and does not indicate a problem.

$ sudo netstat -lntp | grep prometheus
tcp6       0      0 :::9482                 :::*                    LISTEN      2985/vpp_prometheus
$ sudo lsof +c15 -iTCP -sTCP:LISTEN | grep prometheus
vpp_prometheus_ 2985 root    3u  IPv6  39319      0t0  TCP *:9482 (LISTEN)

Protecting Prometheus

As mentioned in the warning at the start of this section, the Prometheus service does not have its own encryption or authentication. As such, the primary ways to protect the service are:

Isolate the service to the appropriate namespace

This is typically the host namespace, but some TNSR configurations do not have host interfaces.

Protect the network paths carrying Prometheus data

Use a directly connected secure path, such as a local management network. If the data must be transmitted remotely, encrypt the path between Prometheus and the host collecting its data, for example, with an IPsec tunnel.

Restrict access with ACLs

Limit access to the prometheus server on TCP port 9482 using access lists. When running in the host namespace, use host ACLs and when running in the dataplane namespace use standard ACLs.


The default set of host ACLs denies access to the service, but take care when crafting rules to only permit access from authorized hosts or networks.

This example host ACL permits access to the Prometheus service from one IPv4 host,

tnsr(config)# host acl prometheus
tnsr(config-host-acl)# sequence 10
tnsr(config-host-acl)# rule 10
tnsr(config-host-acl-rule)# action permit
tnsr(config-host-acl-rule)# description Allow Prometheus
tnsr(config-host-acl-rule)# match ip protocol tcp
tnsr(config-host-acl-rule)# match ip port destination 9482
tnsr(config-host-acl-rule)# match ip version 4
tnsr(config-host-acl-rule)# match ip address source
tnsr(config-host-acl-rule)# exit
tnsr(config-host-acl)# exit