NGINX is an open source web server with a strong focus on high concurrency, performance and low memory usage. It’s one of the most popular web servers on the internet, and can also act as a reverse proxy, a load balancer, or as an HTTP cache.

The Librato Agent allows you to easily monitor the health of your NGINX service(s). We use collectd’s nginx plugin to gather metrics from the running NGINX server. It requires that your nginx binary is compiled with the stub_status module enabled.

Note: This plugin only supports the gathering of metrics from the open source NGINX web server. It does not support the commercial NGINX Plus server. We may offer support for that service at some point in the future.


The NGINX integration depends on the Librato Agent. If you haven’t already, you will first need to install the Librato Agent. Once this is complete, select the NGINX icon in the integrations catalogue.


Toggle the Enabled switch to activate the NGINX integration on your Librato account and create the preconfigured NGINX Space.


At this point your integration is complete and any NGINX metrics associated with this integration will be allowed through your Librato Agent service-side filters.

Plugin Configuration

The NGINX server being monitored must have the stub\_status module compiled into its binary. Most distributions have this enabled by default. This can be verified with the following command:

$ nginx -V 2>&1 | grep -o with-http_stub_status_module

Your NGINX server will need a location defined with the stub_status module activated. Here is a sample definition that allows connections from the local agent and works with our default plugin configuration.

server {
    location /basic_status {
        stub_status on;
        access_log off;
        deny all;

Alternatively, you can adjust the URL setting in the /opt/collectd/etc/collectd.conf.d/nginx.conf configuration file to match your particular setup.

LoadPlugin nginx
<Plugin nginx>
  URL ""

Note: You must restart the agent after any changes to your Librato Agent configuration files.

$ sudo service collectd restart

At this point you should begin seeing librato.nginx.* metrics in your Librato account.

NGINX Workspace

Visit your preconfigured Space to observe your new metrics as they stream in. You can use our dynamic source field at the top to filter your view to a subset of metric sources. For example, you may want to isolate the view to a specific tier of web servers or even to an individual machine that is behaving badly.


NGINX Metrics and tags

The NGINX integration supports the following metrics and tags.

Note: All metrics are prefixed with librato.nginx..

Tag Name Description
host Host name or IP address of monitored server


Description Name Tags
Total number of client requests requests host
Number of connections where nginx is reading the request header requests.reading host
Number of connections where nginx is writing the response to the client requests.writing host
Number of idle connections waiting for a request requests.waiting host
Number of active client connections including waiting connections host

Connection statistics

Description Name Tags
Total number of accepted client connections connections.accepted host
Total number of handled connections connections.handled host
Percentage of connections that were dropped connections.pct_dropped host


For specific answers to Librato Agent questions check out our Librato Agent FAQ.

Please let us know what you think about this integration. We would love to incorporate your feedback and any ideas you have on dashboard design into the ongoing development of our integrations.