NGINX Instance Manager Metrics and Analytics Documentation

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This document explains how to use metrics and analytics in NGINX Instance Manager.


  1. Install NGINX Instance Manager Server.
  2. Install NGINX or NGINX Plus and the NGINX Agent.
  3. Start and Enable Instance Manager.

Accessing metrics externally

To access metrics externally, simply point to the API URL and append /metrics to the end of the URL. For example, if nginx-manager runs on, you would use as the endpoint.

In Grafana, you can simply create a Prometheus data source and point it to the metrics location above for metrics.

To access a sample dashboard, copy the following JSON into a new dashboard and adjust the settings to meet your needs.


Accessing metrics through GUI

To access the metrics in the web interface, go to the instance on the inventory page and select the metrics icon. You will get a minimal set of metrics to view. We recommend using an external application to augment and expand the metrics and alerts for NGINX Instance Manager.

List of metrics

namespace, "cpu"

namespace, "load"

namespace, "mem"

namespace, "swap"

group: "http"

dim "nginx":"oss"

dim "nginx":"plus"

Plus zones: