Monitoring Stack

This chapter describes how to setup the Kubermatic Kubernetes Platform (KKP) monitoring stack. It’s highly recommended to install this stack on the master and all seed clusters.


The exact requirements for the stack depend highly on the expected cluster load; the following are the minimum viable resources:

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2 CPU cores
  • 200 GB disk storage

This guide assumes the following tools are available:

  • Helm 3.x
  • kubectl 1.16+


As with KKP itself, it’s recommended to use a single values.yaml to configure all Helm charts. There are a few important options you might want to override for your setup:

  • is used for the external URL in Prometheus, e.g.
  • is used for the external URL in Alertmanager, e.g.
  • prometheus.storageSize (default: 100Gi) controls the volume size for each Prometheus replica; this should be large enough to hold all data as per your retention time (see next option). Long-term storage for Prometheus blocks is provided by Thanos, an optional extension to the Prometheus chart.
  • prometheus.tsdb.retentionTime (default: 15d) controls how long metrics are stored in Prometheus before they are deleted. Larger retention times require more disk space. Long-term storage is accomplished by Thanos, so the retention time for Prometheus itself should not be set to extremely large values (like multiple months).
  • prometheus.ruleFiles is a list of Prometheus alerting rule files to load. Depending on whether or not the target cluster is a master or seed, the /etc/prometheus/rules/kubermatic-master-*.yaml entry should be removed in order to not trigger bogus alerts.
  • grafana.user and grafana.password should be set with custom values if no identity-aware proxy is configured. In this case, grafana.provisioning.configuration.disable_login_form should be set to false so that a manual login is possible.

An example values.yaml could look like this if all options mentioned above are customized:

  storageSize: '250Gi'
    retentionTime: '30d'
  # only load the KKP-master alerts, as this cluster is not a shared master/seed
  - /etc/prometheus/rules/general-*.yaml
  - /etc/prometheus/rules/kubermatic-master-*.yaml
  - /etc/prometheus/rules/managed-*.yaml


  user: admin
  password: adm1n
      disable_login_form: false

With this file prepared, we can now install all required charts:

Helm 3

helm --namespace monitoring upgrade --install --wait --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml prometheus charts/monitoring/prometheus/
helm --namespace monitoring upgrade --install --wait --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml alertmanager charts/monitoring/alertmanager/
helm --namespace monitoring upgrade --install --wait --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml node-exporter charts/monitoring/node-exporter/
helm --namespace monitoring upgrade --install --wait --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml kube-state-metrics charts/monitoring/kube-state-metrics/
helm --namespace monitoring upgrade --install --wait --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml grafana charts/monitoring/grafana/
helm --namespace monitoring upgrade --install --wait --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml karma charts/monitoring/karma/

Helm 2

helm --tiller-namespace kubermatic upgrade --install --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml --namespace monitoring prometheus charts/monitoring/prometheus/
helm --tiller-namespace kubermatic upgrade --install --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml --namespace monitoring alertmanager charts/monitoring/alertmanager/
helm --tiller-namespace kubermatic upgrade --install --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml --namespace monitoring node-exporter charts/monitoring/node-exporter/
helm --tiller-namespace kubermatic upgrade --install --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml --namespace monitoring kube-state-metrics charts/monitoring/kube-state-metrics/
helm --tiller-namespace kubermatic upgrade --install --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml --namespace monitoring grafana charts/monitoring/grafana/
helm --tiller-namespace kubermatic upgrade --install --values /path/to/your/helm-values.yaml --namespace monitoring karma charts/monitoring/karma/

Going Further

The charts have a lot more options to tweak, like alertmanager.config or karma.config to control how and which alerts are sent where.

Likewise, when your cluster grows, you most likely want to adjust the resource requirements in prometheus.containers.prometheus.resources and others.

Thanos (Beta)

Thanos is a long-term storage solution for Prometheus metrics, backed by an S3 compatible object store. KKP includes preliminary support for Thanos by setting prometheus.thanos.enabled=true. Note that this requires considerably more resources to run:

  • Thanos UI requires roughly 64MB memory and 50m CPU.
  • Thanos Store requires 2GB memory and 500 mCPU per pod.
  • Thanos Query requires 512MB memory and 100m CPU per pod.
  • Thanos Compact requires lots of memory, depending on block sizes, up to 16GB, and 1 CPU core.

It’s essential to configure the retention period for Thanos using prometheus.thanos.compact.retention, as well as to configure the proper object store and create the required bucket. Refer to the config/prometheus/values.yaml for a complete list of options.