Documentation forAppOptics



ZooKeeper is a distributed, open-source coordination service for distributed applications. It exposes a simple set of primitives that distributed applications can build upon to implement higher level services for synchronization, configuration maintenance, and groups and naming.


The zookeeper monitoring is accomplished by bridge plugin which is included with the SolarWinds Snap Agent by default. Follow the directions below to enable it for an agent instance. The bridge plugin utilize Telegraf ZooKeeper plugin.


You will need to install and run ZooKeeper.


The agent provides an example task file to help you get started quickly, but requires you to provide the correct settings for your ZooKeeper installation. To enable the task:

  1. Make a copy of the ZooKeeper example task file task-bridge-zookeeper.yaml.example in folder tasks-autoload.d, renaming it to task-bridge-zookeeper.yaml:

    On Windows, using Explorer or PowerShell:

    copy "C:\ProgramData\SolarWinds\Snap\tasks-autoload.d\task-bridge-zookeeper.yaml.example" "C:\ProgramData\SolarWinds\Snap\tasks-autoload.d\task-bridge-zookeeper.yaml"

    On Linux using command line:

    sudo cp -p /opt/SolarWinds/Snap/etc/tasks-autoload.d/task-bridge-zookeeper.yaml.example /opt/SolarWinds/Snap/etc/tasks-autoload.d/task-bridge-zookeeper.yaml
  2. Edit the task file with settings specific to your ZooKeeper configuration:

    In this configuration you'll notice that it is already configured to listen on localhost:2181:

    If you wish to also collect logs for this service, uncomment the last section in the example task file. For more information on collecting logs, see the logs collector docs.

    version: 2
      type: cron
      interval: "0 * * * * *"
      - plugin_name: bridge
            ## An array of address to gather stats about. Specify an ip or hostname
            ## with port. ie localhost:2181,, etc.
            ## If no servers are specified, then localhost is used as the host.
            ## If no port is specified, 2181 is used
              - ":2181"
            ## Optional TLS Config
            # enable_ssl: true
            # tls_ca: /path/to/cafile
            # tls_cert: /path/to/certfile
            # tls_key: /path/to/keyfile
            ## If false, skip chain & host verification
            # insecure_skip_verify: true
          - plugin_name: publisher-appoptics
    ## If you want to gather logs for this integration, uncomment the following section.
    #  - plugin_name: log-files
    #    config:
    #      file_paths:
    #        - /var/log/zookeeper.log
    #    publish:
    #      - plugin_name: loggly-http-bulk

    If running on a remote server you will need modify servers setting in your configuration:


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    If ZooKeeper is running on another hostname or port then you will need to edit the configuration to reflect this.

    Save your changes and return to the command prompt.

  3. Restart the agent after any configuration changes have been made:

    On Windows command line:

    net stop swisnapd
    net start swisnapd

    On Linux command line:

    sudo service swisnapd restart
  4. Enable the ZooKeeper integration in AppOptics

    On the Integrations Page you will see ZooKeeper available if the previous steps were successful. It may take a couple minutes before the ZooKeeper integration is identified. Select the ZooKeeper integration to open the configuration menu in the UI, and enable it. If you do not see it, see Troubleshooting Linux.

Testing Integration

To check if and what metrics can be collected with given configuration, run bridge plugin in debug mode:

On Windows command line:

"C:\Program Files\SolarWinds\Snap\bin\snap-plugin-collector-bridge.exe" --debug-mode --plugin-config "{\"zookeeper\": {\"servers\": [\":2181\"]}}"

On Linux command line:

/opt/SolarWinds/Snap/bin/snap-plugin-collector-bridge --debug-mode --plugin-config "{\"zookeeper\": {\"servers\": [\":2181\"]}}"

Metrics and Tags


The table below outlines the default set of metrics collected by the ZooKeeper integration.

Namespace Description
zookeeper.approximate_data_size Size of data in bytes that a zookeeper server has in its data tree
zookeeper.avg_latency Average time in milliseconds for requests to be processed
zookeeper.ephemerals_count Number of ephemeral nodes that a zookeeper server has in its data tree
zookeeper.max_file_descriptor_count Maximum number of file descriptors that a zookeeper server can open
zookeeper.max_latency Maximum time in milliseconds for a request to be processed
zookeeper.min_latency Minimum time in milliseconds for a request to be processed
zookeeper.num_alive_connections Number of active clients connected to a zookeeper server
zookeeper.open_file_descriptor_count Number of file descriptors that a zookeeper server has open
zookeeper.outstanding_requests Number of currently executing requests
zookeeper.packets_received Count of the number of zookeeper packets received by a server
zookeeper.packets_sent Count of the number of zookeeper packets sent from a server
zookeeper.watch_count Number of watches placed on z-nodes on a zookeeper server
zookeeper.znode_count Number of z-nodes that a zookeeper server has in its data tree
zookeeper.followers Number of followers (reported only for leader)
zookeeper.pending_syncs Number of pending synchronization operations (reported only fro leader)


The table below outlines the default set of tags provided for each metric.

Tags Description
@host The hostname of the ZooKeeper server
port The port used by the ZooKeeper server
server The address of ZooKeeper server
state The current ZooKeeper configuration (Standalone or Distributed mode)

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