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Using Chef to set-up mackerel-agent

Make setting up mackerel-agent even easier with mackerelio/cookbook-mackerel-agent · GitHub.

Software requirements

  • Chef v11 or later
  • Ruby v1.9 or later


If you are using Berkshelf for management of cookbook, please add to Berksfile the following setting:

cookbook 'mackerel-agent', tag: 'v1.1.0'


Enter the following setting into the chef cookbook recipe you are using. Where it says ‘Your APIKEY’ specify the API key which is displayed in the your organization’s page. Generating a new API key for use with Chef is recommended.

node.default['mackerel-agent']['conf']['apikey'] = 'Your APIKEY'

include_recipe 'mackerel-agent'
include_recipe 'mackerel-agent::plugins' # Option for installation of mackerel-agent-plugins package


Attributes have been prepared as are shown below. In regards to default['mackerel-agent']['conf']['apikey'] , just as was described in the previous section, “Usage,” it is necessary to specify the API key here as well.

default['mackerel-agent']['conf']['apikey']  = "YOUR APIKEY"
default['mackerel-agent']['conf']['pidfile'] = "/path/to/pidfile"
default['mackerel-agent']['conf']['root'] = "/var/lib/mackerel-agent"
default['mackerel-agent']['conf']['verbose'] = false
default['mackerel-agent']['conf']['roles'] = ["My-Service:app", "Another-Service:db"]

# Specification of host custom metrics plugin
default['mackerel-agent']['conf']['plugin.metrics.vmstat'] = {
   'command' => 'ruby /etc/sensu/plugins/system/vmstat-metrics.rb',

For information about host custom metrics please refer to the following entry.

Mackerel help - Posting custom metrics


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