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System Metrics for Debian

Collect and ship Debian operating system and service metrics to Logstash and Elasticsearch.

Metricbeat is a lightweight shipper that helps you monitor your servers by collecting metrics from the operating system and from services running on the Debian server. Configure Metricbeat using the pre-defined examples below to collect and ship Debian operating system, service metrics and statistics to Logstash or Elasticsearch.

Send Your DataMetricsOperating SystemsSystem Metrics for Debian Guide

Follow this step by step guide to start sending data 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 system module, run the following:

metricbeat modules list
metricbeat modules enable system

Step 4 - Configure module

Each module has its own configuration file where different metricsets can be enabled / disabled. Locate the configuration file for the system module. /etc/metricbeat/modules.d/system.yml

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

- module: system
  period: 10s
    - cpu
    - load
    - memory
    - network
    - process
    - process_summary
    - socket_summary
    #- core
    #- diskio
    #- socket

Step 5 - Start Metricbeat

Start or restart metricbeat to apply the configuration changes.

Step 6 - Check for your logs

Data should now have been sent to your Stack.

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 - System module dashboard

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

Kibana dashboard preview

Step 9 - Metricbeat Debian Overview

Metricbeat, part of the Elastic Stack, is a lightweight shipper that you can install on your servers to periodically collect metrics from the operating system and from services running on the server. It's designed to monitor and analyze system and service performance, sending the collected data to Elasticsearch for visualization with Kibana. One of the key modules in Metricbeat is the system module, which is particularly useful for monitoring the health and performance of servers running the Debian operating system, a popular choice for many servers due to its stability and security features.

The system module in Metricbeat for Debian servers collects a wide range of metrics, including CPU usage, memory usage, file system disk space usage, network IO, and process metrics. These metrics are crucial for system administrators and DevOps teams to ensure that their Debian servers are running efficiently, identify potential bottlenecks, and troubleshoot issues before they impact the performance of applications or services.

However, the volume and variety of metrics collected can be overwhelming, making it challenging to derive actionable insights without effective analysis and visualization tools. offers a comprehensive solution to these challenges, providing an advanced analytics platform that enhances the capabilities of Metricbeat's system module on Debian servers. By integrating Metricbeat with, users can leverage the power of the hosted ELK Stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana) to efficiently aggregate, analyze, and visualize their metrics.

With, users can create customizable dashboards to monitor their Debian server performance in real-time, set up alerts based on specific thresholds or anomalies, and generate in-depth reports for historical analysis. This enables organizations to proactively manage their server health, optimize resource utilization, and ensure high availability and performance of their services.

Our platform simplifies the management of system metrics, allowing you to gain deep insights into server performance and operational health. Should you require assistance or wish to explore ways to improve your server monitoring and analytics strategy,'s support team is available through our Help Centre or live chat, ready to offer personalized support and solutions.

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