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Monitoring: SNMP Support

SNMP support is available for enterprise licenses only.


Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is an Internet-standard protocol for collecting and organizing information about managed devices on IP networks. It is used primarily for monitoring network services. SNMP exposes management data in the form of variables (metrics) which describe the system status and configuration. These metrics can then be remotely queried (and, in some circumstances, manipulated) by managing applications.

In RavenDB we have support for SNMP which allows monitoring tools like Zabbix, PRTG and Datadog direct access to the internal details of RavenDB. We expose a long list of metrics: CPU and memory usage, server total requests, the loaded databases, and also database specific metrics like the number of indexed items per second, document writes per second, storage space each database takes, and so on.

You can still monitor what is going on with RavenDB directly from the Studio, or by using one of our monitoring tools. However, using SNMP might be easier in some cases. As users start running large numbers of RavenDB instances, it becomes impractical to deal with each of them individually, and using a monitoring system that can watch many servers becomes advisable.

Enabling SNMP in RavenDB

RavenDB is already configured to support SNMP. All you have to do is enable it and restart the server. This is done by adding the following key to your settings.json file:

    "Monitoring.Snmp.Enabled": true

Configuration options

There are several configurable SNMP properties in RavenDB.

For SNMPv1:

  • The SNMP port - default: 161
  • List of supported SNMP versions - default: "V2C;V3"

For SNMPv2c:

  • The community string - default: "ravendb"

The community string is used like a password. It is sent with each SNMP GET request and allows or denies access to the monitored device.

For SNMPv3:

  • Authentication protocol - default: "SHA1"
  • The user for authentication - default: "ravendb"
  • The authentication password - default: null; if set to null the community string is used instead.
  • Privacy protocol - default: None
  • Privacy password - default: "ravendb"

You can change these properties with the following configuration keys:

    "Monitoring.Snmp.Port": 12345,  
    "Monitoring.Snmp.SupportedVersions": "V#",  
    "Monitoring.Snmp.Community": "yourString",  
    "Monitoring.Snmp.AuthenticationProtocol": "protocol",  
    "Monitoring.Snmp.AuthenticationUser": "yourUser",  
    "Monitoring.Snmp.AuthenticationPassword": "yourString",  
    "Monitoring.Snmp.PrivacyProtocol": "protocol",  
    "Monitoring.Snmp.PrivacyPassword": "yourString"  

The Metrics

It is usually easy to query the exposed metrics using a monitoring tool. (Example). However, you should also be able to access those directly using any SNMP agent like Net-SNMP. Each metric has a unique identifier (OID) and can be accessed individually.

The most basic SNMP commands are snmpget, snmpset and snmptrapd.
For example, using the SNMP agent you could run the following snmpget commands which get the server up-time metric.

For SNMPv2c:

snmpget -v 2c -c ravendb

Where ravendb is the community string (configured via Monitoring.Snmp.Community configuration option) and "" is the host.

For SNMPv3

snmpget -v 3 -l authNoPriv -u ravendb -a SHA -A ravendb

-l authNoPriv sets the security level to use authentication but no privacy. -u ravendb sets the user for authentication purposes to "ravendb", -a SHA sets the authentication protocol to SHA, and -A ravendb sets the authentication password to "ravendb".

Example request for server URL, and the response:

ml054@MARCIN-WIN:~$ snmpget -v 2c -c ravendb
iso. = STRING: "http://bf7631445baf:8080"

Accessing OID value via HTTP

Individual OID values can be retrieved via HTTP GET endpoint <serverUrl>/monitoring/snmp?oid=<oid>

Example cURL request for the server up-time metric:

curl -X GET


List of OIDs

You can get a list of all OIDs along with their descriptions via HTTP GET endpoint <serverUrl>/monitoring/snmp/oids

RavenDB's root OID is:

OID Metric
1.1. Server
1.1.1 Server URL
1.1.2 Server Public URL
1.1.3 Server TCP URL
1.1.4 Server Public TCP URL
1.2.1 Server version
1.2.2 Server full version
1.3 Server up-time
1.4 Server process ID
1.5.1 Process CPU usage in %
1.5.2 Machine CPU usage in % CPU Credits Base CPU Credits Max CPU Credits Remaining CPU Credits Gained Per Second CPU Credits Background Tasks Alert Raised CPU Credits Failover Alert Raised CPU Credits Any Alert Raised
1.6.1 Server allocated memory in MB
1.7.1 Number of concurrent requests
1.7.2 Total number of requests since server startup
1.7.3 Number of requests per second (one minute rate)
1.8 Server last request time
1.9.1 Server license type
1.9.2 Server license expiration date
1.9.3 Server license expiration left
3.1.1 Current node tag
3.1.2 Current node state
3.2.1 Cluster term
3.2.2 Cluster index
3.2.3 Cluster ID
5.1.1 Number of all databases
5.1.2 Number of loaded databases
5.2.X.1.1 Database name
5.2.X.1.2 Number of indexes
5.2.X.1.3 Number of stale indexes
5.2.X.1.4 Number of documents
5.2.X.1.5 Number of revision documents
5.2.X.1.6 Number of attachments
5.2.X.1.7 Number of unique attachments
5.2.X.1.10 Number of alerts
5.2.X.1.11 Database ID
5.2.X.1.12 Database up-time
5.2.X.1.13 Indicates if database is loaded
5.2.X.1.14 Number of rehabs
5.2.X.1.15 Number of performance hints
5.2.X.1.16 Number of indexes errors per database
5.2.X.2.1 Documents storage allocated size in MB
5.2.X.2.2 Documents storage used size in MB
5.2.X.2.3 Index storage allocated size in MB
5.2.X.2.4 Index storage used size in MB
5.2.X.2.5 Total storage size in MB
5.2.X.2.6 Remaining storage disk space in MB
5.2.X.3.1 Number of document puts per second (one minute rate)
5.2.X.3.2 Number of indexed documents per second for map indexes (one minute rate)
5.2.X.3.3 Number of maps per second for map-reduce indexes (one minute rate)
5.2.X.3.4 Number of reduces per second for map-reduce indexes (one minute rate)
5.2.X.3.5 Number of requests per second (one minute rate)
5.2.X.3.6 Number of requests from database start
5.2.X.5.1 Number of indexes
5.2.X.5.2 Number of static indexes
5.2.X.5.3 Number of auto indexes
5.2.X.5.4 Number of idle indexes
5.2.X.5.5 Number of disabled indexes
5.2.X.5.6 Number of error indexes
5.2.X.4.Y.1 Indicates if index exists
5.2.X.4.Y.2 Index name
5.2.X.4.Y.4 Index priority
5.2.X.4.Y.5 Index state
5.2.X.4.Y.6 Number of index errors
5.2.X.4.Y.7 Last query time
5.2.X.4.Y.8 Index indexing time
5.2.X.4.Y.9 Time since last query
5.2.X.4.Y.10 Time since last indexing
5.2.X.4.Y.11 Index lock mode
5.2.X.4.Y.12 Indicates if index is invalid
5.2.X.4.Y.13 Index status
5.2.X.4.Y.14 Number of maps per second (one minute rate)
5.2.X.4.Y.15 Number of reduces per second (one minute rate)
5.2.X.4.Y.16 Index type


For easier setup we have prepared a few templates for monitoring tools which can be found here.
These templates include the metrics and their associated OIDs.