vmalert

vmalert executes a list of the given alerting or recording rules against configured address. It is heavily inspired by Prometheus implementation and aims to be compatible with its syntax.

Features

Limitations

  • vmalert execute queries against remote datasource which has reliability risks because of network. It is recommended to configure alerts thresholds and rules expressions with understanding that network request may fail;
  • by default, rules execution is sequential within one group, but persisting of execution results to remote storage is asynchronous. Hence, user shouldn't rely on recording rules chaining when result of previous recording rule is reused in next one;
  • vmalert has no UI, just an API for getting groups and rules statuses.

QuickStart

To build vmalert from sources:

git clone https://github.com/VictoriaMetrics/VictoriaMetrics
cd VictoriaMetrics
make vmalert

The build binary will be placed to VictoriaMetrics/bin folder.

To start using vmalert you will need the following things:

  • list of rules - PromQL/MetricsQL expressions to execute;
  • datasource address - reachable VictoriaMetrics instance for rules execution;
  • notifier address - reachable Alert Manager instance for processing, aggregating alerts and sending notifications.
  • remote write address [optional] - remote write compatible storage address for storing recording rules results and alerts state in for of timeseries.

Then configure vmalert accordingly:

./bin/vmalert -rule=alert.rules \            # Path to the file with rules configuration. Supports wildcard
    -datasource.url=http://localhost:8428 \  # PromQL compatible datasource
    -notifier.url=http://localhost:9093 \    # AlertManager URL
    -notifier.url=http://127.0.0.1:9093 \    # AlertManager replica URL
    -remoteWrite.url=http://localhost:8428 \ # Remote write compatible storage to persist rules
    -remoteRead.url=http://localhost:8428 \  # MetricsQL compatible datasource to restore alerts state from
    -external.label=cluster=east-1 \         # External label to be applied for each rule
    -external.label=replica=a                # Multiple external labels may be set

See the fill list of configuration flags in configuration section.

If you run multiple vmalert services for the same datastore or AlertManager - do not forget to specify different external.label flags in order to define which vmalert generated rules or alerts.

Configuration for recording and alerting rules is very similar to Prometheus rules and configured using YAML. Configuration examples may be found in testdata folder. Every rule belongs to a group and every configuration file may contain arbitrary number of groups:

groups:
  [ - <rule_group> ]

Groups

Each group has the following attributes:

# The name of the group. Must be unique within a file.
name: <string>

# How often rules in the group are evaluated.
[ interval: <duration> | default = -evaluationInterval flag ]

# How many rules execute at once within a group. Increasing concurrency may speed
# up round execution speed.
[ concurrency: <integer> | default = 1 ]

# Optional type for expressions inside the rules. Supported values: "graphite" and "prometheus".
# By default "prometheus" rule type is used.
[ type: <string> ]

# Optional list of label filters applied to every rule's
# request withing a group. Is compatible only with VM datasource.
# See more details at https://docs.victoriametrics.com#prometheus-querying-api-enhancements
extra_filter_labels:
  [ <labelname>: <labelvalue> ... ]

rules:
  [ - <rule> ... ]

Rules

Every rule contains expr field for PromQL or MetricsQL expression. Vmalert will execute the configured expression and then act according to the Rule type.

There are two types of Rules:

  • alerting - Alerting rules allows to define alert conditions via expr field and to send notifications Alertmanager if execution result is not empty.
  • recording - Recording rules allows to define expr which result will be than backfilled to configured -remoteWrite.url. Recording rules are used to precompute frequently needed or computationally expensive expressions and save their result as a new set of time series.

vmalert forbids to define duplicates - rules with the same combination of name, expression and labels within one group.

Alerting rules

The syntax for alerting rule is the following:

# The name of the alert. Must be a valid metric name.
alert: <string>

# Optional type for the rule. Supported values: "graphite", "prometheus".
# By default "prometheus" rule type is used.
[ type: <string> ]

# The expression to evaluate. The expression language depends on the type value.
# By default PromQL/MetricsQL expression is used. If type="graphite", then the expression
# must contain valid Graphite expression.
expr: <string>

# Alerts are considered firing once they have been returned for this long.
# Alerts which have not yet fired for long enough are considered pending.
# If param is omitted or set to 0 then alerts will be immediately considered
# as firing once they return.
[ for: <duration> | default = 0s ]

# Labels to add or overwrite for each alert.
labels:
  [ <labelname>: <tmpl_string> ]

# Annotations to add to each alert.
annotations:
  [ <labelname>: <tmpl_string> ]

It is allowed to use Go templating in annotations to format data, iterate over it or execute expressions. Additionally, vmalert provides some extra templating functions listed here.

Recording rules

The syntax for recording rules is following:

# The name of the time series to output to. Must be a valid metric name.
record: <string>

# Optional type for the rule. Supported values: "graphite", "prometheus".
# By default "prometheus" rule type is used.
[ type: <string> ]

# The expression to evaluate. The expression language depends on the type value.
# By default MetricsQL expression is used. If type="graphite", then the expression
# must contain valid Graphite expression.
expr: <string>

# Labels to add or overwrite before storing the result.
labels:
  [ <labelname>: <labelvalue> ]

For recording rules to work -remoteWrite.url must be specified.

Alerts state on restarts

vmalert has no local storage, so alerts state is stored in the process memory. Hence, after restart of vmalert the process alerts state will be lost. To avoid this situation, vmalert should be configured via the following flags:

  • -remoteWrite.url - URL to VictoriaMetrics (Single) or vminsert (Cluster). vmalert will persist alerts state into the configured address in the form of time series named ALERTS and ALERTS_FOR_STATE via remote-write protocol. These are regular time series and may be queried from VM just as any other time series. The state stored to the configured address on every rule evaluation.
  • -remoteRead.url - URL to VictoriaMetrics (Single) or vmselect (Cluster). vmalert will try to restore alerts state from configured address by querying time series with name ALERTS_FOR_STATE.

Both flags are required for the proper state restoring. Restore process may fail if time series are missing in configured -remoteRead.url, weren't updated in the last 1h (controlled by -remoteRead.lookback) or received state doesn't match current vmalert rules configuration.

Multitenancy

There are the following approaches for alerting and recording rules across multiple tenants:

  • To run a separate vmalert instance per each tenant. The corresponding tenant must be specified in -datasource.url command-line flag according to these docs. For example, /path/to/vmalert -datasource.url=http://vmselect:8481/select/123/prometheus would run alerts against AccountID=123. For recording rules the -remoteWrite.url command-line flag must contain the url for the specific tenant as well. For example, -remoteWrite.url=http://vminsert:8480/insert/123/prometheus would write recording rules to AccountID=123.

  • To specify tenant parameter per each alerting and recording group if enterprise version of vmalert is used with -clusterMode command-line flag. For example:

groups:
- name: rules_for_tenant_123
  tenant: "123"
  rules:
    # Rules for accountID=123

- name: rules_for_tenant_456:789
  tenant: "456:789"
  rules:
    # Rules for accountID=456, projectID=789

If -clusterMode is enabled, then -datasource.url, -remoteRead.url and -remoteWrite.url must contain only the hostname without tenant id. For example: -datasource.url=http://vmselect:8481. vmselect automatically adds the specified tenant to urls per each recording rule in this case.

The enterprise version of vmalert is available in vmutils-*-enterprise.tar.gz files at release page and in *-enterprise tags at Docker Hub.

WEB

vmalert runs a web-server (-httpListenAddr) for serving metrics and alerts endpoints:

  • http://<vmalert-addr>/api/v1/groups - list of all loaded groups and rules;
  • http://<vmalert-addr>/api/v1/alerts - list of all active alerts;
  • http://<vmalert-addr>/api/v1/<groupID>/<alertID>/status" - get alert status by ID. Used as alert source in AlertManager.
  • http://<vmalert-addr>/metrics - application metrics.
  • http://<vmalert-addr>/-/reload - hot configuration reload.

Graphite

vmalert sends requests to <-datasource.url>/render?format=json during evaluation of alerting and recording rules if the corresponding group or rule contains type: "graphite" config option. It is expected that the <-datasource.url>/render implements Graphite Render API for format=json. When using vmalert with both graphite and prometheus rules configured against cluster version of VM do not forget to set -datasource.appendTypePrefix flag to true, so vmalert can adjust URL prefix automatically based on query type.

Rules backfilling

vmalert supports alerting and recording rules backfilling (aka replay). In replay mode vmalert can read the same rules configuration as normally, evaluate them on the given time range and backfill results via remote write to the configured storage. vmalert supports any PromQL/MetricsQL compatible data source for backfilling.

How it works

In replay mode vmalert works as a cli-tool and exits immediately after work is done. To run vmalert in replay mode:

./bin/vmalert -rule=path/to/your.rules \        # path to files with rules you usually use with vmalert
    -datasource.url=http://localhost:8428 \     # PromQL/MetricsQL compatible datasource
    -remoteWrite.url=http://localhost:8428 \    # remote write compatible storage to persist results
    -replay.timeFrom=2021-05-11T07:21:43Z \     # time from begin replay
    -replay.timeTo=2021-05-29T18:40:43Z         # time to finish replay

The output of the command will look like the following:

Replay mode:
from:   2021-05-11 07:21:43 +0000 UTC   # set by -replay.timeFrom
to:     2021-05-29 18:40:43 +0000 UTC   # set by -replay.timeTo
max data points per request: 1000       # set by -replay.maxDatapointsPerQuery

Group "ReplayGroup"
interval:       1m0s
requests to make:       27
max range per request:  16h40m0s
> Rule "type:vm_cache_entries:rate5m" (ID: 1792509946081842725)
27 / 27 [----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100.00% 78 p/s
> Rule "go_cgo_calls_count:rate5m" (ID: 17958425467471411582)
27 / 27 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100.00% ? p/s

Group "vmsingleReplay"
interval:       30s
requests to make:       54
max range per request:  8h20m0s
> Rule "RequestErrorsToAPI" (ID: 17645863024999990222)
54 / 54 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100.00% ? p/s
> Rule "TooManyLogs" (ID: 9042195394653477652)
54 / 54 [-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------] 100.00% ? p/s
2021-06-07T09:59:12.098Z        info    app/vmalert/replay.go:68        replay finished! Imported 511734 samples

In replay mode all groups are executed sequentially one-by-one. Rules within the group are executed sequentially as well (concurrency setting is ignored). Vmalert sends rule's expression to /query_range endpoint of the configured -datasource.url. Returned data then processed according to the rule type and backfilled to -remoteWrite.url via Remote Write protocol. Vmalert respects evaluationInterval value set by flag or per-group during the replay.

Recording rules

Result of recording rules replay should match with results of normal rules evaluation.

Alerting rules

Result of alerting rules replay is time series reflecting alert's state. To see if replayed alert has fired in the past use the following PromQL/MetricsQL expression:

ALERTS{alertname="your_alertname", alertstate="firing"}

Execute the query against storage which was used for -remoteWrite.url during the replay.

Additional configuration

There are following non-required replay flags:

  • -replay.maxDatapointsPerQuery - the max number of data points expected to receive in one request. In two words, it affects the max time range for every /query_range request. The higher the value, the less requests will be issued during replay.
  • -replay.ruleRetryAttempts - when datasource fails to respond vmalert will make this number of retries per rule before giving up.
  • -replay.rulesDelay - delay between sequential rules execution. Important in cases if there are chaining (rules which depend on each other) rules. It is expected, that remote storage will be able to persist previously accepted data during the delay, so data will be available for the subsequent queries. Keep it equal or bigger than -remoteWrite.flushInterval.

See full description for these flags in ./vmalert --help.

Limitations

  • Graphite engine isn't supported yet;
  • query template function is disabled for performance reasons (might be changed in future);

Configuration

Pass -help to vmalert in order to see the full list of supported command-line flags with their descriptions.

The shortlist of configuration flags is the following:

  -datasource.appendTypePrefix
        Whether to add type prefix to -datasource.url based on the query type. Set to true if sending different query types to the vmselect URL.
  -datasource.basicAuth.password string
        Optional basic auth password for -datasource.url
  -datasource.basicAuth.username string
        Optional basic auth username for -datasource.url
  -datasource.lookback duration
        Lookback defines how far into the past to look when evaluating queries. For example, if the datasource.lookback=5m then param "time" with value now()-5m will be added to every query.
  -datasource.maxIdleConnections int
        Defines the number of idle (keep-alive connections) to each configured datasource. Consider setting this value equal to the value: groups_total * group.concurrency. Too low a value may result in a high number of sockets in TIME_WAIT state. (default 100)
  -datasource.queryStep duration
        queryStep defines how far a value can fallback to when evaluating queries. For example, if datasource.queryStep=15s then param "step" with value "15s" will be added to every query.If queryStep isn't specified, rule's evaluationInterval will be used instead.
  -datasource.roundDigits int
        Adds "round_digits" GET param to datasource requests. In VM "round_digits" limits the number of digits after the decimal point in response values.
  -datasource.tlsCAFile string
        Optional path to TLS CA file to use for verifying connections to -datasource.url. By default, system CA is used
  -datasource.tlsCertFile string
        Optional path to client-side TLS certificate file to use when connecting to -datasource.url
  -datasource.tlsInsecureSkipVerify
        Whether to skip tls verification when connecting to -datasource.url
  -datasource.tlsKeyFile string
        Optional path to client-side TLS certificate key to use when connecting to -datasource.url
  -datasource.tlsServerName string
        Optional TLS server name to use for connections to -datasource.url. By default, the server name from -datasource.url is used
  -datasource.url string
        VictoriaMetrics or vmselect url. Required parameter. E.g. http://127.0.0.1:8428
  -dryRun -rule
        Whether to check only config files without running vmalert. The rules file are validated. The -rule flag must be specified.
  -enableTCP6
        Whether to enable IPv6 for listening and dialing. By default only IPv4 TCP and UDP is used
  -envflag.enable
        Whether to enable reading flags from environment variables additionally to command line. Command line flag values have priority over values from environment vars. Flags are read only from command line if this flag isn't set
  -envflag.prefix string
        Prefix for environment variables if -envflag.enable is set
  -evaluationInterval duration
        How often to evaluate the rules (default 1m0s)
  -external.alert.source string
        External Alert Source allows to override the Source link for alerts sent to AlertManager for cases where you want to build a custom link to Grafana, Prometheus or any other service.
        eg. 'explore?orgId=1&left=[\"now-1h\",\"now\",\"VictoriaMetrics\",{\"expr\": \"\"},{\"mode\":\"Metrics\"},{\"ui\":[true,true,true,\"none\"]}]'.If empty '/api/v1/:groupID/alertID/status' is used
  -external.label array
        Optional label in the form 'name=value' to add to all generated recording rules and alerts. Pass multiple -label flags in order to add multiple label sets.
        Supports an array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -external.url string
        External URL is used as alert's source for sent alerts to the notifier
  -fs.disableMmap
        Whether to use pread() instead of mmap() for reading data files. By default mmap() is used for 64-bit arches and pread() is used for 32-bit arches, since they cannot read data files bigger than 2^32 bytes in memory. mmap() is usually faster for reading small data chunks than pread()
  -http.connTimeout duration
        Incoming http connections are closed after the configured timeout. This may help to spread the incoming load among a cluster of services behind a load balancer. Please note that the real timeout may be bigger by up to 10% as a protection against the thundering herd problem (default 2m0s)
  -http.disableResponseCompression
        Disable compression of HTTP responses to save CPU resources. By default compression is enabled to save network bandwidth
  -http.idleConnTimeout duration
        Timeout for incoming idle http connections (default 1m0s)
  -http.maxGracefulShutdownDuration duration
        The maximum duration for a graceful shutdown of the HTTP server. A highly loaded server may require increased value for a graceful shutdown (default 7s)
  -http.pathPrefix string
        An optional prefix to add to all the paths handled by http server. For example, if '-http.pathPrefix=/foo/bar' is set, then all the http requests will be handled on '/foo/bar/*' paths. This may be useful for proxied requests. See https://www.robustperception.io/using-external-urls-and-proxies-with-prometheus
  -http.shutdownDelay duration
        Optional delay before http server shutdown. During this delay, the server returns non-OK responses from /health page, so load balancers can route new requests to other servers
  -httpAuth.password string
        Password for HTTP Basic Auth. The authentication is disabled if -httpAuth.username is empty
  -httpAuth.username string
        Username for HTTP Basic Auth. The authentication is disabled if empty. See also -httpAuth.password
  -httpListenAddr string
        Address to listen for http connections (default ":8880")
  -loggerDisableTimestamps
        Whether to disable writing timestamps in logs
  -loggerErrorsPerSecondLimit int
        Per-second limit on the number of ERROR messages. If more than the given number of errors are emitted per second, the remaining errors are suppressed. Zero values disable the rate limit
  -loggerFormat string
        Format for logs. Possible values: default, json (default "default")
  -loggerLevel string
        Minimum level of errors to log. Possible values: INFO, WARN, ERROR, FATAL, PANIC (default "INFO")
  -loggerOutput string
        Output for the logs. Supported values: stderr, stdout (default "stderr")
  -loggerTimezone string
        Timezone to use for timestamps in logs. Timezone must be a valid IANA Time Zone. For example: America/New_York, Europe/Berlin, Etc/GMT+3 or Local (default "UTC")
  -loggerWarnsPerSecondLimit int
        Per-second limit on the number of WARN messages. If more than the given number of warns are emitted per second, then the remaining warns are suppressed. Zero values disable the rate limit
  -memory.allowedBytes size
        Allowed size of system memory VictoriaMetrics caches may occupy. This option overrides -memory.allowedPercent if set to a non-zero value. Too low a value may increase the cache miss rate usually resulting in higher CPU and disk IO usage. Too high a value may evict too much data from OS page cache resulting in higher disk IO usage
        Supports the following optional suffixes for size values: KB, MB, GB, KiB, MiB, GiB (default 0)
  -memory.allowedPercent float
        Allowed percent of system memory VictoriaMetrics caches may occupy. See also -memory.allowedBytes. Too low a value may increase cache miss rate usually resulting in higher CPU and disk IO usage. Too high a value may evict too much data from OS page cache which will result in higher disk IO usage (default 60)
  -metricsAuthKey string
        Auth key for /metrics. It overrides httpAuth settings
  -notifier.basicAuth.password array
        Optional basic auth password for -notifier.url
        Supports an array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -notifier.basicAuth.username array
        Optional basic auth username for -notifier.url
        Supports an array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -notifier.tlsCAFile array
        Optional path to TLS CA file to use for verifying connections to -notifier.url. By default system CA is used
        Supports an array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -notifier.tlsCertFile array
        Optional path to client-side TLS certificate file to use when connecting to -notifier.url
        Supports an array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -notifier.tlsInsecureSkipVerify array
        Whether to skip tls verification when connecting to -notifier.url
        Supports array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -notifier.tlsKeyFile array
        Optional path to client-side TLS certificate key to use when connecting to -notifier.url
        Supports an array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -notifier.tlsServerName array
        Optional TLS server name to use for connections to -notifier.url. By default the server name from -notifier.url is used
        Supports an array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -notifier.url array
        Prometheus alertmanager URL. Required parameter. e.g. http://127.0.0.1:9093
        Supports an array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -pprofAuthKey string
        Auth key for /debug/pprof. It overrides httpAuth settings
  -remoteRead.basicAuth.password string
        Optional basic auth password for -remoteRead.url
  -remoteRead.basicAuth.username string
        Optional basic auth username for -remoteRead.url
  -remoteRead.ignoreRestoreErrors
        Whether to ignore errors from remote storage when restoring alerts state on startup. (default true)
  -remoteRead.lookback duration
        Lookback defines how far to look into past for alerts timeseries. For example, if lookback=1h then range from now() to now()-1h will be scanned. (default 1h0m0s)
  -remoteRead.tlsCAFile string
        Optional path to TLS CA file to use for verifying connections to -remoteRead.url. By default system CA is used
  -remoteRead.tlsCertFile string
        Optional path to client-side TLS certificate file to use when connecting to -remoteRead.url
  -remoteRead.tlsInsecureSkipVerify
        Whether to skip tls verification when connecting to -remoteRead.url
  -remoteRead.tlsKeyFile string
        Optional path to client-side TLS certificate key to use when connecting to -remoteRead.url
  -remoteRead.tlsServerName string
        Optional TLS server name to use for connections to -remoteRead.url. By default the server name from -remoteRead.url is used
  -remoteRead.url vmalert
        Optional URL to VictoriaMetrics or vmselect that will be used to restore alerts state. This configuration makes sense only if vmalert was configured with `remoteWrite.url` before and has been successfully persisted its state. E.g. http://127.0.0.1:8428
  -remoteWrite.basicAuth.password string
        Optional basic auth password for -remoteWrite.url
  -remoteWrite.basicAuth.username string
        Optional basic auth username for -remoteWrite.url
  -remoteWrite.concurrency int
        Defines number of writers for concurrent writing into remote querier (default 1)
  -remoteWrite.flushInterval duration
        Defines interval of flushes to remote write endpoint (default 5s)
  -remoteWrite.maxBatchSize int
        Defines defines max number of timeseries to be flushed at once (default 1000)
  -remoteWrite.maxQueueSize int
        Defines the max number of pending datapoints to remote write endpoint (default 100000)
  -remoteWrite.tlsCAFile string
        Optional path to TLS CA file to use for verifying connections to -remoteWrite.url. By default system CA is used
  -remoteWrite.tlsCertFile string
        Optional path to client-side TLS certificate file to use when connecting to -remoteWrite.url
  -remoteWrite.tlsInsecureSkipVerify
        Whether to skip tls verification when connecting to -remoteWrite.url
  -remoteWrite.tlsKeyFile string
        Optional path to client-side TLS certificate key to use when connecting to -remoteWrite.url
  -remoteWrite.tlsServerName string
        Optional TLS server name to use for connections to -remoteWrite.url. By default the server name from -remoteWrite.url is used
  -remoteWrite.url string
        Optional URL to VictoriaMetrics or vminsert where to persist alerts state and recording rules results in form of timeseries. E.g. http://127.0.0.1:8428
  -replay.maxDatapointsPerQuery int
        Max number of data points expected in one request. The higher the value, the less requests will be made during replay. (default 1000)
  -replay.ruleRetryAttempts int
        Defines how many retries to make before giving up on rule if request for it returns an error. (default 5)
  -replay.rulesDelay duration
        Delay between rules evaluation within the group. Could be important if there are chained rules inside of the groupand processing need to wait for previous rule results to be persisted by remote storage before evaluating the next rule. Keep it equal or bigger than -remoteWrite.flushInterval. (default 1s)
  -replay.timeFrom string
        The time filter in RFC3339 format to select time series with timestamp equal or higher than provided value. E.g. '2020-01-01T20:07:00Z'
  -replay.timeTo string
        The time filter in RFC3339 format to select timeseries with timestamp equal or lower than provided value. E.g. '2020-01-01T20:07:00Z'
  -rule array
        Path to the file with alert rules.
        Supports patterns. Flag can be specified multiple times.
        Examples:
         -rule="/path/to/file". Path to a single file with alerting rules
         -rule="dir/*.yaml" -rule="/*.yaml". Relative path to all .yaml files in "dir" folder,
        absolute path to all .yaml files in root.
        Rule files may contain %{ENV_VAR} placeholders, which are substituted by the corresponding env vars.
        Supports an array of values separated by comma or specified via multiple flags.
  -rule.configCheckInterval duration
        Interval for checking for changes in '-rule' files. By default the checking is disabled. Send SIGHUP signal in order to force config check for changes
  -rule.validateExpressions
        Whether to validate rules expressions via MetricsQL engine (default true)
  -rule.validateTemplates
        Whether to validate annotation and label templates (default true)
  -tls
        Whether to enable TLS (aka HTTPS) for incoming requests. -tlsCertFile and -tlsKeyFile must be set if -tls is set
  -tlsCertFile string
        Path to file with TLS certificate. Used only if -tls is set. Prefer ECDSA certs instead of RSA certs as RSA certs are slower
  -tlsKeyFile string
        Path to file with TLS key. Used only if -tls is set
  -version
        Show VictoriaMetrics version

vmalert supports "hot" config reload via the following methods:

  • send SIGHUP signal to vmalert process;
  • send GET request to /-/reload endpoint;
  • configure -rule.configCheckInterval flag for periodic reload on config change.

Contributing

vmalert is mostly designed and built by VictoriaMetrics community. Feel free to share your experience and ideas for improving this software. Please keep simplicity as the main priority.

How to build from sources

It is recommended using binary releases

  • vmalert is located in vmutils-* archives there.

Development build

  1. Install Go. The minimum supported version is Go 1.16.
  2. Run make vmalert from the root folder of the repository. It builds vmalert binary and puts it into the bin folder.

Production build

  1. Install docker.
  2. Run make vmalert-prod from the root folder of the repository. It builds vmalert-prod binary and puts it into the bin folder.

ARM build

ARM build may run on Raspberry Pi or on energy-efficient ARM servers.

Development ARM build

  1. Install Go. The minimum supported version is Go 1.16.
  2. Run make vmalert-arm or make vmalert-arm64 from the root folder of the repository. It builds vmalert-arm or vmalert-arm64 binary respectively and puts it into the bin folder.

Production ARM build

  1. Install docker.
  2. Run make vmalert-arm-prod or make vmalert-arm64-prod from the root folder of the repository. It builds vmalert-arm-prod or vmalert-arm64-prod binary respectively and puts it into the bin folder.