Install Prometheus Node Exporter

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Install Prometheus Node Exporter Install Prometheus Node Exporter Install Prometheus Node Exporter


Now we will install the Prometheus Node Exporter on our existing server and configure it as a Service so that it keeps running in the background.

We will download the node exporter binary from the Prometheus downloads page at

Download Prometheus Node Exporter Binary

SSH into your Prometheus server, and run


Untar it,

tar xzf node_exporter-0.18.1.linux-amd64.tar.gz

Copy it to the /usr/local/bin/ folder

cp node_exporter-0.18.1.linux-amd64/node_exporter /usr/local/bin/node_exporter

Configure Prometheus Node Exporter as a Service

Create a file called node-exporter.service

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/node-exporter.service

Add the script and save

Description=Prometheus Node Exporter Service



Now start and check the service is running.

systemctl daemon-reload
sudo service node-exporter start
sudo service node-exporter status

Node exporter will now be running on http://[your domain or ip]:9100/metrics

You can now block port 9100 externally, but leave it open internally for localhost.

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -s localhost --dport 9100 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 9100 -j DROP
iptables -L

Add the new scrape config for the new node exporter.

sudo nano /usr/local/bin/prometheus/prometheus.yml

Scroll down to the bottom and add a new scrape config

  - job_name: 'node-exporter'
    - targets: ['localhost:9100']

and restart the prometheus service.

sudo service prometheus restart
sudo service prometheus status