Prometheus Discovery API

      The discovery API generates a list of Couchbase Server nodes that tools such Prometheus can use to collect metrics.

      You can use Prometheus or similar tools to collect statistics and alerts from your Couchbase Database. In order for these tools to collect metrics, they must have a list of nodes in your Couchbase Server database. The discovery API provides this list to these tools.

      See Configure Prometheus to Collect Couchbase Metrics for detailed information about using this API with Prometheus.

      This endpoint is a replacement for the earlier /prometheus_sd-config.yaml endpoint. That endpoint is now deprecated. See Replicate the Earlier Discovery API to learn how to call the new discovery API to get he same output as the old API.

      HTTP Method and URI

      GET /prometheus_sd_config


      By default, the discovery endpoint returns the list of nodes in your database that:

      • is in JSON format.

      • uses the primary address of the node

      • uses the secure port number

      curl Syntax

      curl --get -u <username:password> \
          -d disposition=[attachment|inline]
          -d network=[default|external]
          -d port=[insecure|secure]
          -d type=[json|yaml]

      The username you use to call endpoint must have the External Stats Reader role. This is the same role Couchbase Server requires to retrieve metrics.



      Controls how Couchbase Server returns the list of nodes in the response. When set to the default inline, it returns the list inline within the response. When set to attachment, it returns the list as an attachment to the response.


      Controls which network address Couchbase Server uses in the list. When set to the default value of default, it uses the nodes’s default address. When set to external, it uses the node’s alternate address.


      Controls which port Couchbase Server uses in the list of nodes. When set to the default secure, it uses the node’s secure port in the list. When set to insecure, it uses the node’s unencrypted port.


      Controls the data format Couchbase Server uses for the node list. When set to the default json, it returns the list of nodes in JSON format. When set to yaml, it returns the list of nodes in YAML format.


      The following example demonstrates calling the prometheus_sd_config endpoint on a node with the hostname node1 using default values. It pipes the response through the jq command to make it readable.

      curl -s --get -u prometheus:password http://node1:8091/prometheus_sd_config \
           | jq

      The next example shows the response that Couchbase Server sends in response to the previous command.

          "targets": [

      Replicate the Earlier Discovery API

      The earlier /prometheus_sd_config.yaml discovery API endpoint returned a list of nodes in your Couchbase Server in a different format than the default output of the /prometheus_sd_config. If you have already configured Prometheus using the old endpoint, you can have the new endpoint return the same output by using the following parameters:

      curl -s --get -u prometheus:password http://node1:8091/prometheus_sd_config \
           -d type=yaml \
           -d disposition=attachment \
           -d port=insecure

      The equivalent encoded URI that you can add to your Prometheus configuration is:


      The result of running the previous command or getting the URI is:

      - targets:
          - 'node1.:8091'
          - 'node2.:8091'
          - 'node3.:8091'