Prometheus MySQL exporter init script for SysV init system

(: September 19, 2018)

Here at computingforgeeks, we have a comprehensive guide on Monitoring MySQL / MariaDB with Prometheus in five minutes. The initial guide was written for systemd servers, but you may be having MySQL / MariaDB servers running on SysV/Upstart init system. This system requires a compatible init script to manage the service. I’ll share a Prometheus MySQL exporter init script for SysV init system I wrote.

Follow steps below to configure MySQL exporter init script.

Step 1: Install Prometheus server and daemonize

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Another requirement is the installation of daemonize package which will be used to run the process in the background

For Ubuntu / Debian systems, install it using:

sudo apt-get install daemonize

For CentOS 6.x, use

sudo yum install daemonize

Step 2: Create system user used to run the script

It is not recommended to run init script as a root user, unless necessary. Let’s create  user and group named prometheus

sudo groupadd --system prometheus
sudo useradd -s /sbin/nologin --system -g prometheus prometheus

Step 3: Download and install Prometheus MySQL Exporter:

This should be done on MySQL / MariaDB servers, both slaves and master servers. You may need to check Prometheus MySQL exporter releases page for the latest release, then export the latest version  to VER variable as shown below:

export VER=0.11.0
tar xvf mysqld_exporter-${VER}.linux-amd64.tar.gz
sudo mv  mysqld_exporter-${VER}.linux-amd64/mysqld_exporter /usr/local/bin/
sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/mysqld_exporter

Clean installation by removing the tarball and extraction directory.

rm -rf mysqld_exporter-${VER}.linux-amd64
rm mysqld_exporter-${VER}.linux-amd64.tar.gz

Step 4: Create Prometheus exporter database user

The user should have PROCESS, SELECT, REPLICATION CLIENT grants

CREATE USER 'mysqld_exporter'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'StrongPassword' WITH MAX_USER_CONNECTIONS 2;
GRANT PROCESS, REPLICATION CLIENT, SELECT ON *.* TO 'mysqld_exporter'@'localhost';

If you have a Master-Slave database architecture, create a user on the master servers only.

WITH MAX_USER_CONNECTIONS 2 is used to set a max connection limit for the user to avoid overloading the server with monitoring scrapes under heavy load.

Step 5: Configure database credentials

Create database credentials file

sudo vim /etc/.mysqld_exporter.cnf

Add correct username and password for user create


Set ownership permissions:

sudo chown root:prometheus /etc/.mysqld_exporter.cnf

Create daemon configuration file

sudo vim /etc/sysconfig/mysqld_exporter


# Prometheus mysqld_exporter defaults
# See
ARGS=" /etc/.mysqld_exporter.cnf 

Step 6: Create the init script file

Now create the init script file. It is available on my Github page.

Prometheus MySQL Exporter script github

Download the script and place it on /etc/init.d

git clone
cd prometheus-mysqld-exporter-init-script
chmod +x mysqld_exporter.init
sudo mv mysqld_exporter.init /etc/init.d/mysqld_exporter

To start the service, just run:

sudo /etc/init.d/mysqld_exporter start

Set it to start on boot

$ sudo chkconfig mysqld_exporter on
$ sudo chkconfig --list | grep mysqld_exporter
mysqld_exporter 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off

For configuration of MySQL endpoint to be scraped by Prometheus Server, check the guide

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