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Golang Metrics

Collect and ship Golang server metrics to Logstash and Elasticsearch.

Metricbeat is a lightweight shipper that helps you monitor your Golang servers by collecting metrics running on the Golang server. Configure Metricbeat using the pre-defined examples below to collect and ship Go programming language service metrics and statistics to Logstash or Elasticsearch.

Follow this step by step guide to get 'logs' from your system to

Step 1 - Install Metricbeat

To get started first follow the steps below:

Older versions can be found here metricbeat 7, metricbeat 6, metricbeat 5

Step 2 - Copy configuration file

The configuration file below is pre-configured to send data to your Stack via Logstash.

Copy the configuration file below and overwrite the contents of metricbeat.yml.

###################### Metricbeat Configuration #######################
# =========================== Modules configuration ============================

  # Glob pattern for configuration loading
  path: ${path.config}/modules.d/*.yml

  # Set to true to enable config reloading
  reload.enabled: false

  # Period on which files under path should be checked for changes
  #reload.period: 10s
# ======================= Elasticsearch template setting =======================
  index.number_of_shards: 1
  index.codec: best_compression
  #_source.enabled: false

# ================================== Outputs ===================================
# ------------------------------ Logstash Output -------------------------------
<div class="sw-warning">
        <img src="/images/source-wizard/warning-triangle.svg">
       <b>No input available! </b> Your stack is missing the required input for this data source <a href="#" onclick="Intercom('showNewMessage')" class="btn btn-info btn-sm">Talk to support to add the input</a>

Step 3 - Enable module

There are several built in metricbeat modules you can use. To enable the golang module, run the following:


metricbeat modules list
metricbeat modules enable golang


./metricbeat modules list
./metricbeat modules enable golang


PS > .\metricbeat.exe modules enable golang

The golang module collects metrics by submitting HTTP GET requests to golang-expvar-api.

Step 4 - Configure module

Each module has its own configuration file where different metricsets can be enabled / disabled. Locate the configuration file for the Golang module.

deb/rpm /etc/metricbeat/modules.d/golang.yml

mac/win ~/<EXTRACTED_ARCHIVE>/modules.d/golang.yml

By default the following metricsets are disabled. To enable or disable a metric simply comment or uncomment the line out.

- module: golang
   # - expvar
   # - heap
  period: 10s
  hosts: ["localhost:6060"]
  heap.path: "/debug/vars"
    namespace: "example"
    path: "/debug/vars"

Step 5 - Start Metricbeat

Start or restart metricbeat to apply the configuration changes.

Step 6 - Check for your logs

Now you should view your data:

View my data

If you don't see logs take a look at How to diagnose no data in Stack below for how to diagnose common issues.

Step 7 - how to diagnose no data in Stack

If you don't see data appearing in your Stack after following the steps, visit the Help Centre guide for steps to diagnose no data appearing in your Stack or Chat to support now.

Step 8 - Golang Module Dashboard

The Golang module comes with predefined Kibana dashboards. To view your dashboards for any of your stacks, launch Logs and choose Dashboards.

Prebuilt Kibana dashboard

Step 9 - Golang Metricbeat Module Overview

The Metricbeat Module for Golang is a targeted tool designed for the comprehensive monitoring of Golang applications by capturing essential metrics. Those who have previously engaged with Metricbeat's data collection capabilities across different services will find its adaptation to Golang both intuitive and highly effective.

Golang, or Go, is celebrated for its efficiency, concurrency support, and ease of use in developing scalable and high-performance applications. The Metricbeat Module for Golang connects to the Go runtime to extract valuable metrics such as garbage collection statistics, memory allocation, and goroutine counts, offering deep insights into application performance and health.

This module has quickly become indispensable for developers, DevOps engineers, and system administrators who manage Golang applications, thanks to its easy configuration and the seamless integration with the ELK Stack. This combination unlocks real-time monitoring and analytical capabilities, providing a level of insight and operational visibility that greatly exceeds that of conventional monitoring tools.

Unlike other monitoring solutions that may rely on custom or rigid data formats, the Metricbeat Module for Golang is crafted to simplify the analysis, troubleshooting, and monitoring of Golang applications, ensuring ease of use and comprehensive coverage.

Our platform supports the Metricbeat Module for Golang, providing centralized metrics management designed for effortless analysis and proactive monitoring. This eliminates the challenges associated with manually aggregating and interpreting metrics across distributed Golang applications.

If you require assistance with configuring the Metricbeat Module for Golang or have questions about monitoring your Golang applications, the team is prepared to assist. We invite you to visit our Help Centre or reach out to our support team via live chat & we'll be happy to assist.

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