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Using metadata

Host metadata

You can register arbitrary JSON data to each host. Various information such as operational management data and package version can be registered and used.

Metadata can be posted by adding configurations to mackerel-agent or by using the API. Please refer to the API document below for information on how to post and obtain from the API.


This section explains how to post metadata from mackerel-agent. Add the following items to the mackerel-agent configuration file. This sample registers the version and architecture of the installed Debian package as host metadata.

command = "perl /path/to/"
execution_interval = 60
  • Item name: This must begin with plugin.metadata.. In the sample above, the section corresponding to packages can be decided arbitrarily by the user and corresponds to the namespace of the Host metadata API.
  • command: Specifies the command to be executed from mackerel-agent. This command must output JSON to standard output.
  • execution_interval: Specifies the command execution interval in minutes. This setting can be omitted. If omitted, the command will execute every 10 minutes. The minimum interval is 10 minutes.

This is a sample of

#!/usr/bin/env perl
use 5.014;
use warnings;
use utf8;
use JSON::PP qw/encode_json/;

my @lines = split /\n/, `dpkg --list`;
my %packages;
for my $line (@lines) {
    my ($name, %info) = parse_package($line);
    next unless %info;
    $packages{$name} = \%info;
say encode_json \%packages;

sub parse_package {
    my $line = shift;
    my @items = split /\s+/, $line;
    return unless $items[0] eq 'ii';
    return $items[1], (
        version      => $items[2],
        architecture => $items[3],

Posted JSON data can be retrieved using the API. In the above example, packages corresponds to <namespace>.

curl -XGET<hostId>/metadata/<namespace> -H 'X-Api-Key:<APIKEY>'

For more details, refer to the Host metadata API document.