Grafana: Monitor SNMP devices with Telegraf and InfluxDB

My current setup is using Munin as monitoring solution. Although it is a very stable and useful tool, I sometimes miss a more dynamic view on graphs.

In this post, I’ll show how to use a stack consisting of InfluxDB, Telegraf and Grafana to monitor SNMP devices like a Router.


First of all you need to have a running InfluxDB1, Telegraf2 and Grafana3 installation.

Furthermore you should install some tools we will use laster:

The Debian Wiki4 describes the required steps to install snmp and enable OID lookup.


You don’t have to configure InfluxDB and Grafana as the default configurations work for us now.

As for now you can replace /etc/telegraf/telegraf.conf with this minimal configuration we will extend later:

    # The full HTTP endpoint URL for your InfluxDB instance
    url = "http://localhost:8086"
    # The target database for metrics. Telegraf will create the DB if it does not exist
    database = "telegraf"

Find SNMP properties

For the following example I assume that your SNMP device has the IP and that we want to monitor the network interfaces (in/out traffic).

First of all we need to find out, where to find those propertiey. Snmpwalk is a quite handy tool for this task.

snmpwalk -v2c -cpublic

SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0 = STRING: GS108Tv2
SNMPv2-MIB::sysObjectID.0 = OID: SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.4526.100.4.18
DISMAN-EVENT-MIB::sysUpTimeInstance = Timeticks: (1633967600) 189 days, 2:47:56.00
SNMPv2-MIB::sysContact.0 = STRING:
SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = STRING: GS108Tv2
IF-MIB::ifName.1 = STRING: lo
IF-MIB::ifName.2 = STRING: green0
IF-MIB::ifName.3 = STRING: red0
IF-MIB::ifName.4 = STRING: orange0

In the output you can see, that all network related metrics can be found in the IF-MIB:: object. A quick look into the documentation reveals, that the table we are interested in is called ifXTable and the relevant fields are ifHCInOctets and ifHCOutOctets

You can verify the output by running the snmptable command.

snmptable -v 2c -c public IF-MIB::ifXTable

 ifName ifInMulticastPkts ifInBroadcastPkts ifOutMulticastPkts ifOutBroadcastPkts   ifHCInOctets ifHCInUcastPkts ifHCInMulticastPkts ifHCInBroadcastPkts  ifHCOutOctets ifHCOutUcastPkts ifHCOutMulticastPkts ifHCOutBroadcastPkts ifLinkUpDownTrapEnable ifHighSpeed ifPromiscuousMode ifConnectorPresent     ifAlias ifCounterDiscontinuityTime
     g1           2054852            294756             544677              47092 14713365089657     10953313459             2054852              294756  2650730235299       7161947154               544677                47092                enabled        1000              true               true 01-Fritzbox               0:0:00:00.00
     g2            917352            710715           13731177             782117  4204012429022      8266252557              917352              710715 15012426720814      11723030894             13731177               782117                enabled        1000              true               true      02-NAS               0:0:00:00.00

Add SNMP to Telegraf

There are two plugins for Telegraf that can be used for SNMP:

We will use the later one but be aware that if you search for additional examples, you might find several with the old syntax.

Our goal is to store the ifXTable in Influx using the following tag:


So you can add the following configuration to your telegraf.conf:

  agents = [ "" ]
  version = 2
  community = "public"
  name = "snmp"

    name = "hostname"
    oid = "RFC1213-MIB::sysName.0"
    is_tag = true

    name = "snmp"
    inherit_tags = [ "hostname" ]
    oid = "IF-MIB::ifXTable"

      name = "ifName"
      oid = "IF-MIB::ifName"
      is_tag = true

You can now test the configuration using the --test switch of telegraf.

telegraf --test

> snmp,agent_host=,host=grafana,hostname=GS108Tv2,ifName=g1 ifConnectorPresent=1i,ifCounterDiscontinuityTime=0i,ifHCInBroadcastPkts=0i,ifHCInMulticastPkts=0i,ifHCInOctets=136744395788i,ifHCInUcastPkts=584587575i,ifHCOutBroadcastPkts=0i,ifHCOutMulticastPkts=0i,ifHCOutOctets=1540859273292i,ifHCOutUcastPkts=1051656681i,ifHighSpeed=1000i,ifInBroadcastPkts=0i,ifInMulticastPkts=0i,ifName="g1",ifOutBroadcastPkts=0i,ifOutMulticastPkts=0i,ifPromiscuousMode=2i 1481107591000000000

Configure Grafana to show data

The fields ifHCInOctets and ifHCOutOctets count, how many Octects are received/send on the interfaces. To get a bit/sec value, we need to do some calculations in Grafana but thats rather straight forward.

Grafana Configuration

If everything works as expected, you should now see a graph as output.

Grafana Graph


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