Metrics and Performance

Metrics Collection

You can collect various PostgreSQL metrics from your database container by running a crunchy-collect container that points to your database container.

This example starts up 5 containers:

  • Collect (crunchy-collect)
  • Grafana (crunchy-grafana)
  • PostgreSQL (crunchy-postgres)
  • Prometheus (crunchy-prometheus)

Every 10 seconds by default, Prometheus will scrape the Collect container for metrics. These metrics will then be visualized by Grafana, which by default can be accessed with the following credentials:

  • Username : admin
  • Password: password

By default, Prometheus detects which environment its running on (Docker, Kubernetes, or OpenShift Container Platform) and applies a default configuration.

When running in Kubernetes and OpenShift, the following two labels are required by the deployments:

  • "crunchy_collect": "true"
  • "name": "some-pod-name-here"

The crunchy_collect label allows Prometheus to find all pods that are serving metrics to be scraped for storage.

The name label allows Prometheus to rewrite the name of the pod so if it changes there’s not duplicate entries.

Additionally, the collect container uses a special PostgreSQL role ccp_monitoring. This user is created by setting the PGMONITOR_PASSWORD environment variable on the PostgreSQL container.

Discovering pods requires a cluster role service account. See the Kubernetes and OpenShift metrics JSON file for more details.

For Docker environments the collect hostname must be specified as an environment variable.

To shutdown the instance and remove the container for each example, run the following:


To delete the cluster role required by the Prometheus, as an administrator, run the following:



To start this set of containers, run the following:

cd $CCPROOT/examples/docker/metrics

You will be able to access the Grafana and Prometheus services from the following web addresses:

The crunchy-postgres container is accessible on port 5432.

Kubernetes and OpenShift

Running the example:

cd $CCPROOT/examples/kube/metrics

It’s required to use port-forward to access the Grafana dashboard. To start the port-forward, run the following command:

${CCP_CLI} port-forward metrics 3000:3000
${CCP_CLI} port-forward metrics 9090:9090
  • Grafana dashboard can be then accessed from
  • Prometheus dashboard can be then accessed from

You can view the container logs using these command:

${CCP_CLI} logs -c grafana metrics
${CCP_CLI} logs -c prometheus metrics
${CCP_CLI} logs -c collect primary-metrics
${CCP_CLI} logs -c postgres primary-metrics
${CCP_CLI} logs -c collect replica-metrics
${CCP_CLI} logs -c postgres replica-metrics