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Prometheus Node Exporter

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Prometheus Node Exporter Introduction and Install as a Service Prometheus Node Exporter Introduction and Install as a Service

Check Available Version

sudo apt-cache policy prometheus-node-exporter

It should show version 0.18 or above. If not, then you can download the version manually using the commands below, and then you will need to manually set it up as a service.

If you have versions 0.18 or above then you can install using

sudo apt install prometheus-node-exporter

Check its status is active running

sudo service prometheus-node-exporter status

You can check it responds


You should also try a curl request from the perspective of your Zabbix server. Furthermore, you may need to modify your firewall rules to allow your Zabbix server to query port 9100 on the host where your Prometheus Node Exporter is running.


The Prometheus Node Exporter service is responding to unauthenticated HTTP requests on port 9100. These responses are not encrypted so if the data is travelling across a public network, then you will need to implement some kind of SSL/TLS layer. A Nginx reverse proxy is useful for this, or you can use a dedicated VPN.

Manually Download Prometheus Node Exporter Binary and Configure as a Service

Do this step if your apt cache has a version of prometheus-node-exporter less than 0.18.

tar xzf node_exporter-0.18.1.linux-amd64.tar.gz
cp node_exporter-0.18.1.linux-amd64/node_exporter /usr/local/bin/

Now we will configure Prometheus Node Exporter as a Service so that we can keep it running in the background.

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

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