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Setting Up Node Exporter

Download Node Exporter

Begin by downloading Node Exporter using the wget command:


Note: Ensure you are using the latest version of Node Exporter and the correct architecture build for your server. The provided link is for amd64. For the latest releases, check here - Prometheus Node Exporter Releases

Extract the Contents

After downloading, extract the contents with the following command:

tar xvf node_exporter-1.7.0.linux-amd64.tar.gz

Move the Node Exporter Binary

Change to the directory and move the node_exporter binary to /usr/local/bin:

cd node_exporter-1.7.0.linux-amd64
sudo cp node_exporter /usr/local/bin

Then, clean up by removing the downloaded tar file and its directory:

rm -rf ./node_exporter-1.7.0.linux-amd64

Create a Node Exporter User

Create a dedicated user for running Node Exporter:

sudo useradd --no-create-home --shell /bin/false node_exporter

Assign ownership permissions of the node_exporter binary to this user:

sudo chown node_exporter:node_exporter /usr/local/bin/node_exporter

Configure the Service

To ensure Node Exporter automatically starts on server reboot, configure the systemd service:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/node_exporter.service

Then, paste the following configuration:

Description=Node Exporter


Save and exit the editor.

Enable and Start the Service

Reload the systemd daemon:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Enable the Node Exporter service:

sudo systemctl enable node_exporter

Start the service:

sudo systemctl start node_exporter

To confirm the service is running properly, check its status:

sudo systemctl status node_exporter.service