»telemetry Stanza

The telemetry stanza specifies various configurations for Vault to publish metrics to upstream systems. Available Vault metrics can be found in the Telemetry internals documentation.

telemetry {
  statsite_address = "statsite.company.local:8125"

»telemetry Parameters

Due to the number of configurable parameters to the telemetry stanza, parameters on this page are grouped by the telemetry provider.


The following options are available on all telemetry configurations.

  • usage_gauge_period (string: "10m") - Specifies the interval at which high-cardinality usage data is collected, such as token counts, entity counts, and secret counts.
    A value of "none" disables the collection.
  • maximum_gauge_cardinality (int: 500) - The maximum cardinality of gauge labels.
  • disable_hostname (bool: false) - Specifies if gauge values should be prefixed with the local hostname.
  • enable_hostname_label (bool: false) - Specifies if all metric values should contain the host label with the local hostname. It is recommended to enable disable_hostname if this option is used.
  • lease_metrics_epsilon (string: "1hr") - Specifies the the size of the bucket used to measure future lease expiration. For example, for the default value of 1 hour, the vault.expire.leases.by_expiration metric will aggregate the total number of expiring leases for 1 hour buckets, starting from the current time. Note that leases are put into buckets by rounding. For example, if lease_metrics_epsilon is set to 1hr and lease A expires 25 minutes from now, and lease B expires 35 minutes from now, then lease A will be in the first bucket, which corresponds to 0-30 minutes, and lease B will be in the second bucket, which corresponds to 31-90 minutes.
  • num_lease_metrics_buckets (int: 168) - The number of expiry buckets for leases. For the default value, for example, 168 value labels for the vault.expire.leases.by_expiration metric will be reported, where each value each bucket is separated in time by the lease_metrics_epsilon parameter. For the default 1 hour value of lease_metrics_epsilon and the default value of num_lease_metrics_buckets, vault.expire.leases.by_expiration will report the total number of leases expiring within each hour from the current time to one week from the current time.
  • add_lease_metrics_namespace_labels (bool: false) - If this value is set to true, then vault.expire.leases.by_expiration will break down expiring leases by both time and namespace. This parameter is disabled by default because enabling it can lead to a large-cardinality metric.


These telemetry parameters apply to statsite.

  • statsite_address (string: "") - Specifies the address of a statsite server to forward metrics data to.
telemetry {
  statsite_address = "statsite.company.local:8125"


These telemetry parameters apply to statsd.

  • statsd_address (string: "") - Specifies the address of a statsd server to forward metrics to.
telemetry {
  statsd_address = "statsd.company.local:8125"


These telemetry parameters apply to Circonus.

  • circonus_api_token (string: "") - Specifies a valid Circonus API Token used to create/manage check. If provided, metric management is enabled.

  • circonus_api_app (string: "nomad") - Specifies a valid app name associated with the API token.

  • circonus_api_url (string: "https://api.circonus.com/v2") - Specifies the base URL to use for contacting the Circonus API.

  • circonus_submission_interval (string: "10s") - Specifies the interval at which metrics are submitted to Circonus.

  • circonus_submission_url (string: "") - Specifies the check.config.submission_url field, of a Check API object, from a previously created HTTPTRAP check.

  • circonus_check_id (string: "") - Specifies the Check ID (not check bundle) from a previously created HTTPTRAP check. The numeric portion of the check._cid field in the Check API object.

  • circonus_check_force_metric_activation (bool: false) - Specifies if force activation of metrics which already exist and are not currently active. If check management is enabled, the default behavior is to add new metrics as they are encountered. If the metric already exists in the check, it will not be activated. This setting overrides that behavior.

  • circonus_check_instance_id (string: "<hostname>:<application>") - Serves to uniquely identify the metrics coming from this instance. It can be used to maintain metric continuity with transient or ephemeral instances as they move around within an infrastructure. By default, this is set to hostname:application name (e.g. "host123:nomad").

  • circonus_check_search_tag (string: <service>:<application>) - Specifies a special tag which, when coupled with the instance id, helps to narrow down the search results when neither a Submission URL or Check ID is provided. By default, this is set to service:app (e.g. "service:nomad").

  • circonus_check_display_name (string: "") - Specifies a name to give a check when it is created. This name is displayed in the Circonus UI Checks list.

  • circonus_check_tags (string: "") - Comma separated list of additional tags to add to a check when it is created.

  • circonus_broker_id (string: "") - Specifies the ID of a specific Circonus Broker to use when creating a new check. The numeric portion of broker._cid field in a Broker API object. If metric management is enabled and neither a Submission URL nor Check ID is provided, an attempt will be made to search for an existing check using Instance ID and Search Tag. If one is not found, a new HTTPTRAP check will be created. By default, this is a random Enterprise Broker is selected, or, the default Circonus Public Broker.

  • circonus_broker_select_tag (string: "") - Specifies a special tag which will be used to select a Circonus Broker when a Broker ID is not provided. The best use of this is to as a hint for which broker should be used based on where this particular instance is running (e.g. a specific geo location or datacenter, dc:sfo).


These telemetry parameters apply to DogStatsD.

  • dogstatsd_addr (string: "") - This provides the address of a DogStatsD instance. DogStatsD is a protocol-compatible flavor of statsd, with the added ability to decorate metrics with tags and event information. If provided, Vault will send various telemetry information to that instance for aggregation. This can be used to capture runtime information.
  • dogstatsd_tags (string array: []) - This provides a list of global tags that will be added to all telemetry packets sent to DogStatsD. It is a list of strings, where each string looks like "my_tag_name:my_tag_value".


These telemetry parameters apply to prometheus.

  • prometheus_retention_time (string: "24h") - Specifies the amount of time that Prometheus metrics are retained in memory. Setting this to 0 will disable Prometheus telemetry.
  • disable_hostname (bool: false) - It is recommended to also enable the option disable_hostname to avoid having prefixed metrics with hostname.

The /v1/sys/metrics endpoint is only accessible on active nodes and automatically disabled on standby nodes. You can enable the /v1/sys/metrics endpoint on standby nodes by enabling unauthenticated metrics access.

Vault does not use the default Prometheus path, so Prometheus must be configured with the path below. Note that using ?format=prometheus in the path won't work as "?" will be escaped, so it must be specified as a parameter.

A Vault token is required with capabilities = ["read", "list"] to /v1/sys/metrics. The Prometheus bearer_token or bearer_token_file options must be added to the scrape job.

An example job_name stanza required in the Prometheus config is provided below.

# prometheus.yml
  - job_name: 'vault'
    metrics_path: "/v1/sys/metrics"
      format: ['prometheus']
    scheme: https
      ca_file: your_ca_here.pem
    bearer_token: "your_vault_token_here"
    - targets: ['your_vault_server_here:8200']

An example telemetry configuration to be added to Vault's configuration file is shown below:

telemetry {
  prometheus_retention_time = "30s"
  disable_hostname = true


These telemetry parameters apply to Stackdriver Monitoring.

The Stackdriver telemetry provider uses the official Google Cloud Golang SDK. This means it supports the common ways of providing credentials to Google Cloud.

To use this telemetry provider, the service account must have the following minimum scope(s):


And the following IAM role(s):


It is recommended to also enable the option disable_hostname to avoid having prefixed metrics with hostname and enable instead enable_hostname_label.

telemetry {
  stackdriver_project_id = "my-test-project"
  stackdriver_location = "us-east1-a"
  stackdriver_namespace = "vault-cluster-a"
  disable_hostname = true
  enable_hostname_label = true