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Prometheus style "smokeping" prober.

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This prober sends a series of ICMP (or UDP) pings to a target and records the responses in Prometheus histogram metrics.

usage: smokeping_prober [<flags>] [<hosts>...]

  -h, --help                     Show context-sensitive help (also try --help-long and --help-man).
      --config.file=CONFIG.FILE  Optional smokeping_prober configuration yaml file.
                                 Path under which to expose metrics.
      --web.systemd-socket       Use systemd socket activation listeners instead of port listeners (Linux only).
      --web.listen-address=:9374 ...
                                 Addresses on which to expose metrics and web interface. Repeatable for multiple
      --web.config.file=""       [EXPERIMENTAL] Path to configuration file that can enable TLS or authentication.
                                 A comma delimited list of buckets to use
  -i, --ping.interval=1s         Ping interval duration
      --privileged               Run in privileged ICMP mode
  -s, --ping.size=56             Ping packet size in bytes
      --log.level=info           Only log messages with the given severity or above. One of: [debug, info, warn,
      --log.format=logfmt        Output format of log messages. One of: [logfmt, json]
      --version                  Show application version.

  [<hosts>]  List of hosts to ping


The prober can take a list of targets and parameters from the command line or from a yaml config file.

Example config:

- hosts:
  - host1
  - host2
  interval: 1s # Duration, Default 1s.
  network: ip # One of ip, ip4, ip6. Default: ip (automatic IPv4/IPv6)
  protocol: icmp # One of icmp, udp. Default: icmp (Requires privileged operation)
  size: 56 # Packet data size in bytes. Default 56 (Range: 24 - 65535)
  source: # Souce IP address to use. Default: None (automatic selection)

In each host group the interval, network, and protocol are optional.

The interval Duration is in Go time.ParseDuration() syntax.

NOTE: The config is only read on startup, SIGHUP is not supported (yet).

Building and running

Requires Go >= 1.17

go install
sudo setcap cap_net_raw=+ep ${GOPATH}/bin/smokeping_prober


docker run \
  -p 9374:9374 \
  --privileged \ \


Metric Name Type Description
smokeping_requests_total Counter Counter of pings sent.
smokeping_response_duration_seconds Histogram Ping response duration.
smokeping_response_ttl Gauge The last response Time To Live (TTL).
smokeping_response_duplicates_total Counter The number of duplicated response packets.
smokeping_receive_errors_total Counter The number of errors when Pinger attempts to receive packets.
smokeping_send_errors_total Counter The number of errors when Pinger attempts to send packets.

TLS and basic authentication

The Smokeping Prober supports TLS and basic authentication.

To use TLS and/or basic authentication, you need to pass a configuration file using the --web.config.file parameter. The format of the file is described in the exporter-toolkit repository.

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