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    Golang expvaris the standard interface designed to instrument and expose custom metrics from a Go program via HTTP. In addition to custom metrics, it also exports some metrics out-of-the-box, such as command line arguments, allocation stats, heap stats, and garbage collection metrics.

    This page describes the default configuration settings, how to edit the configuration to collect additional information, the metrics available for integration, and a sample result in the Sysdig Monitor UI.

    Go_expvar Setup

    You will need to create a custom entry in the user settings config file for your Go application, due to the difficulty in determining if an application is written in Go by looking at process names or arguments. Be sure your app has expvars enabled, which means importing the expvar module and having an HTTP server started from inside your app, as follows:

    import (
    // If your application has no http server running for the DefaultServeMux,
    // you'll have to have a http server running for expvar to use, for example
    // by adding the following to your init function
    func init() {
        go http.ServeAndListen(":8080", nil)
    // You can also expose variables that are specific to your application
    // See for more information
    var (
        exp_points_processed = expvar.NewInt("points_processed")
    func processPoints(p RawPoints) {
        points_processed, err := parsePoints(p)

    See also the following blog entry: How to instrument Go code with custom expvar metrics.

    Sysdig Agent Configuration

    Review how to Edit dragent.yaml to Integrate or Modify Application Checks.

    Default Configuration

    No default configuration for Go is provided in the Sysdig agent dragent.default.yaml file. You must edit the agent config file as described in Example 1.

    Remember! Never edit dragent.default.yaml directly; always edit only dragent.yaml.


    Add the following code sample to dragent.yaml to collect Go metrics.

      - name: go-expvar
        check_module: go_expvar
              comm: go-expvar
          expvar_url: "http://localhost:8080/debug/vars" # automatically match url using the listening port
          # Add custom metrics if you want
            - path: system.numberOfSeconds
              type: gauge # gauge or rate
              alias: go_expvar.system.numberOfSeconds
            - path: system.lastLoad
              type: gauge
              alias: go_expvar.system.lastLoad
            - path: system.numberOfLoginsPerUser/.* # You can use / to get inside the map and use .* to match any record inside
              type: gauge
            - path: system.allLoad/.*
              type: gauge

    Metrics Available

    See Go Metrics.

    Result in the Monitor UI