In order to provide a full picture of your infrastructure, you should monitor not just application servers, but any server your application depends on (eg. database servers). In order to do this, we offer a standalone mode in our AppSignal agent. This allows you to run the AppSignal agent without having to start it from a Ruby/Elixir process.
We are in the process of testing and packaging the standalone agent on Linux distributions that are most popular with our customers. Let us know if you want to run the agent on a distribution that is not supported yet.
The agent has been tested on Ubuntu LTS 14.04, 16.04 and 18.04. First make sure the following packages are installed. All the following commands need root permissions, you might have to use
1 apt-get install curl gnupg apt-transport-https
Then import the GPG key from Packagecloud. This is a service we use to host the repositories for us.
1 curl -L https://packagecloud.io/appsignal/agent/gpgkey | sudo apt-key add -
Create a file named
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/appsignal_agent.list that contains the repository configuration below. Make sure to replace
trusty in the config below with your Linux distribution and version. Use
xenial for 16.04 or
bionic for 18.04.
1 2 deb https://packagecloud.io/appsignal/agent/ubuntu/ trusty main deb-src https://packagecloud.io/appsignal/agent/ubuntu/ trusty main
apt update to get the newly added packages and install the agent.
1 2 apt-get update apt-get install appsignal-agent
The agent has now been installed. Next up is configuring it to report to the correct app in AppSignal.
The standalone agent configuration can be found at
When configuring the standalone agent, pick an app name and environment that works for you. It can either be a separate app, or you can configure it for an existing app so that it reports as a new host to that app.
1 2 3 4 # /etc/appsignal-agent.conf push_api_key = "<YOUR PUSH API KEY>" app_name = "<YOUR APP NAME>" environment = "<YOUR APP ENVIRONMENT>"
1 2 3 4 # /etc/appsignal-agent.conf push_api_key = "0000-0000-0000-000" app_name = "My app name" environment = "production"
Once you edit the configuration file you need to restart the agent.
- On Ubuntu 14.04 use
service appsignal-agent restart
- On Ubuntu 16.04 and up use
systemctl restart appsignal-agent
We are eager to get feedback on this, let us know via the chat in the app or email@example.com.