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Using pre-compiled binaries

We provide precompiled binaries for most official Prometheus components. Check out the download section for a list of all available versions.

From source

For building Prometheus components from source, see the Makefile targets in the respective repository.

NOTE: Note: The documentation on this website refers to the latest stable release (excluding pre-releases). The branch next-release refers to unreleased changes that are in master branches of source repos.

Using Docker

All Prometheus services are available as Docker images under the prom organization.

Running Prometheus on Docker is as simple as docker run -p 9090:9090 prom/prometheus. This starts Prometheus with a sample configuration and exposes it on port 9090.

The Prometheus image uses a volume to store the actual metrics. For production deployments it is highly recommended to use the Data Volume Container pattern to ease managing the data on Prometheus upgrades.

To provide your own configuration, there are several options. Here are two examples.

Volumes & bind-mount

Bind-mount your prometheus.yml from the host by running:

docker run -p 9090:9090 -v /tmp/prometheus.yml:/etc/prometheus/prometheus.yml \

Or use an additional volume for the config:

docker run -p 9090:9090 -v /prometheus-data \
       prom/prometheus -config.file=/prometheus-data/prometheus.yml

Custom image

To avoid managing a file on the host and bind-mount it, the configuration can be baked into the image. This works well if the configuration itself is rather static and the same across all environments.

For this, create a new directory with a Prometheus configuration and a Dockerfile like this:

FROM prom/prometheus
ADD prometheus.yml /etc/prometheus/

Now build and run it:

docker build -t my-prometheus .
docker run -p 9090:9090 my-prometheus

A more advanced option is to render the configuration dynamically on start with some tooling or even have a daemon update it periodically.

Using configuration management systems

If you prefer using configuration management systems you might be interested in the following third-party contributions:





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