Prometheus OpenVPN exporter

Please note: This repository is currently unmaintained. Due to insufficient time and not using the exporter anymore
we decided to archive this project.


This repository provides code for a simple Prometheus metrics exporter
for OpenVPN. Right now it can parse files
generated by OpenVPN’s --status, having one of the following formats:

  • Client statistics,
  • Server statistics with --status-version 2 (comma delimited),
  • Server statistics with --status-version 3 (tab delimited).

As it is not uncommon to run multiple instances of OpenVPN on a single
system (e.g., multiple servers, multiple clients or a mixture of both),
this exporter can be configured to scrape and export the status of
multiple status files, using the -openvpn.status_paths command line
flag. Paths need to be comma separated. Metrics for all status files are
exported over TCP port 9176.

Please refer to this utility’s main() function for a full list of
supported command line flags.

Exposed metrics example

Client statistics

For clients status files, the exporter generates metrics that may look
like this:

openvpn_client_auth_read_bytes_total{status_path="..."} 3.08854782e+08
openvpn_client_post_compress_bytes_total{status_path="..."} 4.5446864e+07
openvpn_client_post_decompress_bytes_total{status_path="..."} 2.16965355e+08
openvpn_client_pre_compress_bytes_total{status_path="..."} 4.538819e+07
openvpn_client_pre_decompress_bytes_total{status_path="..."} 1.62596168e+08
openvpn_client_tcp_udp_read_bytes_total{status_path="..."} 2.92806201e+08
openvpn_client_tcp_udp_write_bytes_total{status_path="..."} 1.97558969e+08
openvpn_client_tun_tap_read_bytes_total{status_path="..."} 1.53789941e+08
openvpn_client_tun_tap_write_bytes_total{status_path="..."} 3.08764078e+08
openvpn_status_update_time_seconds{status_path="..."} 1.490092749e+09
openvpn_up{status_path="..."} 1

Server statistics

For server status files (both version 2 and 3), the exporter generates
metrics that may look like this:

openvpn_server_client_received_bytes_total{common_name="...",connection_time="...",real_address="...",status_path="...",username="...",virtual_address="..."} 139583
openvpn_server_client_sent_bytes_total{common_name="...",connection_time="...",real_address="...",status_path="...",username="...",virtual_address="..."} 710764
openvpn_server_route_last_reference_time_seconds{common_name="...",real_address="...",status_path="...",virtual_address="..."} 1.493018841e+09
openvpn_status_update_time_seconds{status_path="..."} 1.490089154e+09
openvpn_up{status_path="..."} 1
openvpn_server_connected_clients 1

Usage

Usage of openvpn_exporter:

  -openvpn.status_paths string
    	Paths at which OpenVPN places its status files. (default "examples/client.status,examples/server2.status,examples/server3.status")
  -web.listen-address string
    	Address to listen on for web interface and telemetry. (default ":9176")
  -web.telemetry-path string
    	Path under which to expose metrics. (default "/metrics")
  -ignore.individuals bool
        If ignoring metrics for individuals (default false)

E.g:

openvpn_exporter -openvpn.status_paths /etc/openvpn/openvpn-status.log

Docker

To use with docker you must mount your status file to /etc/openvpn_exporter/server.status.

docker run -p 9176:9176 \
  -v /path/to/openvpn_server.status:/etc/openvpn_exporter/server.status \
  kumina/openvpn-exporter -openvpn.status_paths /etc/openvpn_exporter/server.status

Metrics should be available at http://localhost:9176/metrics.

Get a standalone executable binary

You can download the pre-compiled binaries from the
releases page.

GitHub

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