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Turn an Ubuntu 10.04 linode into a StatsD/Graphite server
# install git
sudo apt-get install g++ curl libssl-dev apache2-utils
sudo apt-get install git-core
# download the Node source, compile and install it
git clone
cd node
sudo make install
# install the Node package manager for later use
curl | sudo sh
npm install express
# clone the statsd project
git clone
# download everything for graphite
mkdir graphite
cd graphite/
wget ""
wget ""
wget ""
tar xzvf whisper-0.9.6.tar.gz
tar xzvf carbon-0.9.6.tar.gz
tar xzvf graphite-web-0.9.6.tar.gz
# install whisper - Graphite's DB system
cd whisper-0.9.6
sudo python install
# install carbon - the Graphite back-end
cd carbon-0.9.6
python install
cd /opt/graphite/conf
cp carbon.conf.example carbon.conf
# copy the example schema configuration file, and then configure the schema
# see:
cp storage-schemas.conf.example storage-schemas.conf
# install other graphite dependencies
sudo apt-get install python-cairo
sudo apt-get install python-django
sudo apt-get install memcached
sudo apt-get install python-memcache
sudo apt-get install python-ldap
sudo apt-get install python-twisted
sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-python
cd ~/graphite/graphite-web-0.9.6
python install
# copy the graphite vhost example to available sites, edit it to you satisfaction, then link it from sites-enabled
cp example-graphite-vhost.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/graphite.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/graphite.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/graphite.conf
apache2ctl restart
# I had to create these log files manually
touch info.log
chmod 777 info.log
touch exception.log
chmod 777 exception.log
# make sure to change ownership of the storage folder to the Apache user/group - mine was www-data
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /opt/graphite/storage/
cd /opt/graphite/webapp/graphite
# copy the local_settings example file to creating the app's settings
# this is where both carbon federation and authentication is configured
# run syncdb to setup the db and prime the authentication model (if you're using the DB model)
sudo python syncdb
# start the carbon cache
cd /opt/graphite/bin/ start
# copy the the statsd config example to create the config file
# unless you used non-default ports for some other feature of the system, the defaults in the config file are fine
cd ~/statsd
cp exampleConfig.js local.js
# start statsd
node stats.js local.js
dwo commented Apr 15, 2011

trying this out on ubuntu hardy. lulz may ensue.

EDIT: fails at npm thinking node isn't installed. that was quick!


I know very little about Ubuntu and linux in general, but the script as written works on Linode. Try Linode.


Should line 51 begin with "cd "?


Yep. Thanks @nickhoffman.


Thanks for posting this, mate! Very helpful.


You're welcome. I don't have a production use for it yet, but it's a really cool product.

ngara commented Sep 28, 2011

This was a really helpful post, thanks!

Things I changed:
Add pkg-config to line 2, to get rid of the openssl error when using ./configure
After using git clone, "git checkout v0.4.9" to make node 0.4.9 the active version so that express is compatible with it using npm.

The URLs for graphite are now:


I would love to incorporate your changes into my own gist. Do you have the whole scripts somewhere, including your modifications?

ngara commented Sep 29, 2011

Here's a full-fledged Git project for you to contribute to:

Just click Edit this file, make your changes, and I'll get a pull request.

ngara commented Oct 6, 2011

Did you get the pull request? Do I need to do anything else to send the request?

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