Glossary

Alert

An alert is the outcome of an alerting rule in Prometheus that is actively firing. Alerts are sent from Prometheus to the Alertmanager.

Alertmanager

The Alertmanager takes in alerts, aggregates them into groups, de-duplicates, applies silences, throttles, and then sends out notifications to email, Pagerduty, Slack etc.

Bridge

A bridge is a component that takes samples from a client library and exposes them to a non-Prometheus monitoring system. For example, the Python, Go, and Java clients can export metrics to Graphite.

Client library

A client library is a library in some language (e.g. Go, Java, Python, Ruby) that makes it easy to directly instrument your code, write custom collectors to pull metrics from other systems and expose the metrics to Prometheus.

Collector

A collector is a part of an exporter that represents a set of metrics. It may be a single metric if it is part of direct instrumentation, or many metrics if it is pulling metrics from another system.

Direct instrumentation

Direct instrumentation is instrumentation added inline as part the source code of a program.

Endpoint

A source of metrics than can be scraped, usually corresponding to a single process.

Exporter

An exporter is a binary that exposes Prometheus metrics, commonly by converting metrics that are exposed in a non-Prometheus format into a format Prometheus supports.

Instance

An instance is a label that uniquely identifies a target in a job.

Job

A collection of targets with the same purpose, for example monitoring a group of like processes replicated for scalability or reliability, is called a job.

Notification

A notification represents a group of one of more alerts, and is sent by the Alertmanager to email, Pagerduty, Slack etc.

Promdash

Promdash was a native dashboard builder for Prometheus. It has been deprecated and replaced by Grafana.

Prometheus

Prometheus usually refers to the core binary of the Prometheus system. It may also refer to the Prometheus monitoring system as a whole.

PromQL

PromQL is the Prometheus Query Language. It allows for a wide range of operations including aggregation, slicing and dicing, prediction and joins.

Pushgateway

The Pushgateway persists the most recent push of metrics from batch jobs. This allows Prometheus to scrape their metrics after they have terminated.

Remote Read

Remote read is a Prometheus feature that allows transparent reading of time series from other systems (such as long term storage) as part of queries.

Remote Read Adapter

Not all systems directly support remote read. A remote read adapter sits between Prometheus and another system, converting time series requests and responses between them.

Remote Read Endpoint

A remote read endpoint is what Prometheus talks to when doing a remote read.

Remote Write

Remote write is a Prometheus feature that allows sending ingested samples on the fly to other systems, such as long term storage.

Remote Write Adapter

Not all systems directly support remote write. A remote write adapter sits between Prometheus and another system, converting the samples in the remote write into a format the other system can understand.

Remote Write Endpoint

A remote write endpoint is what Prometheus talks to when doing a remote write.

Silence

A silence in the Alertmanager prevents alerts, with labels matching the silence, from being included in notifications.

Target

A target is the definition of an object to scrape. For example, what labels to apply, any authentication required to connect, or other information that defines how the scrape will occur.