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Prometheus exporter for Windows machines

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A Prometheus exporter for Windows machines.


Name Description Enabled by default
ad Active Directory Domain Services
adcs Active Directory Certificate Services
adfs Active Directory Federation Services
cache Cache metrics
cpu CPU usage
cpu_info CPU Information
cs "Computer System" metrics (system properties, num cpus/total memory)
container Container metrics
dfsr DFSR metrics
dhcp DHCP Server
dns DNS Server
exchange Exchange metrics
fsrmquota Microsoft File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) Quotas collector
hyperv Hyper-V hosts
iis IIS sites and applications
logical_disk Logical disks, disk I/O
logon User logon sessions
memory Memory usage metrics
mscluster_cluster MSCluster cluster metrics
mscluster_network MSCluster network metrics
mscluster_node MSCluster Node metrics
mscluster_resource MSCluster Resource metrics
mscluster_resourcegroup MSCluster ResourceGroup metrics
msmq MSMQ queues
mssql SQL Server Performance Objects metrics
netframework_clrexceptions .NET Framework CLR Exceptions
netframework_clrinterop .NET Framework Interop Metrics
netframework_clrjit .NET Framework JIT metrics
netframework_clrloading .NET Framework CLR Loading metrics
netframework_clrlocksandthreads .NET Framework locks and metrics threads
netframework_clrmemory .NET Framework Memory metrics
netframework_clrremoting .NET Framework Remoting metrics
netframework_clrsecurity .NET Framework Security Check metrics
net Network interface I/O
os OS metrics (memory, processes, users)
process Per-process metrics
remote_fx RemoteFX protocol (RDP) metrics
scheduled_task Scheduled Tasks metrics
service Service state metrics
smb SMB Server
smtp IIS SMTP Server
system System calls
tcp TCP connections
teradici_pcoip Teradici PCoIP session metrics
time Windows Time Service
thermalzone Thermal information
terminal_services Terminal services (RDS)
textfile Read prometheus metrics from a text file
vmware_blast VMware Blast session metrics
vmware Performance counters installed by the Vmware Guest agent

See the linked documentation on each collector for more information on reported metrics, configuration settings and usage examples.

Filtering enabled collectors

The windows_exporter will expose all metrics from enabled collectors by default. This is the recommended way to collect metrics to avoid errors when comparing metrics of different families.

For advanced use the windows_exporter can be passed an optional list of collectors to filter metrics. The collect[] parameter may be used multiple times. In Prometheus configuration you can use this syntax under the scrape config.

      - foo
      - bar

This can be useful for having different Prometheus servers collect specific metrics from nodes.


windows_exporter accepts flags to configure certain behaviours. The ones configuring the global behaviour of the exporter are listed below, while collector-specific ones are documented in the respective collector documentation above.

Flag Description Default value
--web.listen-address host:port for exporter. :9182
--telemetry.path URL path for surfacing collected metrics. /metrics
--telemetry.max-requests Maximum number of concurrent requests. 0 to disable. 5
--collectors.enabled Comma-separated list of collectors to use. Use [defaults] as a placeholder which gets expanded containing all the collectors enabled by default." [defaults]
--collectors.print If true, print available collectors and exit.
--scrape.timeout-margin Seconds to subtract from the timeout allowed by the client. Tune to allow for overhead or high loads. 0.5
--web.config.file A web config for setting up TLS and Auth None
--config.file Using a config file from path or URL None
--config.file.insecure-skip-verify Skip TLS when loading config file from URL false


The latest release can be downloaded from the releases page.

Each release provides a .msi installer. The installer will setup the windows_exporter as a Windows service, as well as create an exception in the Windows Firewall.

If the installer is run without any parameters, the exporter will run with default settings for enabled collectors, ports, etc. The following parameters are available:

Name Description
ENABLED_COLLECTORS As the --collectors.enabled flag, provide a comma-separated list of enabled collectors
LISTEN_ADDR The IP address to bind to. Defaults to
LISTEN_PORT The port to bind to. Defaults to 9182.
METRICS_PATH The path at which to serve metrics. Defaults to /metrics
TEXTFILE_DIRS As the --collector.textfile.directories flag, provide a directory to read text files with metrics from
REMOTE_ADDR Allows setting comma separated remote IP addresses for the Windows Firewall exception (allow list). Defaults to an empty string (any remote address).
EXTRA_FLAGS Allows passing full CLI flags. Defaults to an empty string.

Parameters are sent to the installer via msiexec. Example invocations:

msiexec /i <path-to-msi-file> ENABLED_COLLECTORS=os,iis LISTEN_PORT=5000

Example service collector with a custom query.

msiexec /i <path-to-msi-file> ENABLED_COLLECTORS=os,service --% EXTRA_FLAGS=" ""Name LIKE 'sql%'"""

On some older versions of Windows you may need to surround parameter values with double quotes to get the install command parsing properly:

msiexec /i C:\Users\Administrator\Downloads\windows_exporter.msi ENABLED_COLLECTORS="ad,iis,logon,memory,process,tcp,textfile,thermalzone" TEXTFILE_DIRS="C:\custom_metrics\"

Powershell versions 7.3 and above require PSNativeCommandArgumentPassing to be set to Legacy when using --% EXTRA_FLAGS:

$PSNativeCommandArgumentPassing = 'Legacy'
msiexec /i <path-to-msi-file> ENABLED_COLLECTORS=os,service --% EXTRA_FLAGS=" ""Name LIKE 'sql%'"""

Kubernetes Implementation

See detailed steps to install on Windows Kubernetes here.

Supported versions

windows_exporter supports Windows Server versions 2016 and later, and desktop Windows version 10 and 11 (21H2 or later).

Windows Server 2012 and 2012R2 are supported as best-effort only, but not guaranteed to work.


go get -u
go get -u
cd $env:GOPATH/src/
promu build -v

The prometheus metrics will be exposed on localhost:9182


Enable only service collector and specify a custom query

.\windows_exporter.exe --collectors.enabled "service" "Name='windows_exporter'"

Enable only process collector and specify a custom query

.\windows_exporter.exe --collectors.enabled "process" --collector.process.include="firefox.+"

When there are multiple processes with the same name, WMI represents those after the first instance as process-name#index. So to get them all, rather than just the first one, the regular expression must use .+. See process for more information.

Using [defaults] with --collectors.enabled argument

Using [defaults] with --collectors.enabled argument which gets expanded with all default collectors.

.\windows_exporter.exe --collectors.enabled "[defaults],process,container"

This enables the additional process and container collectors on top of the defaults.

Using a configuration file

YAML configuration files can be specified with the --config.file flag. e.g. .\windows_exporter.exe --config.file=config.yml. If you are using the absolute path, make sure to quote the path, e.g. .\windows_exporter.exe --config.file="C:\Program Files\windows_exporter\config.yml"

It is also possible to load the configuration from a URL. e.g. .\windows_exporter.exe --config.file=""

If you need to skip TLS verification, you can use the --config.file.insecure-skip-verify flag. e.g. .\windows_exporter.exe --config.file="" --config.file.insecure-skip-verify

  enabled: cpu,cs,net,service
    services-where: "Name='windows_exporter'"
  level: warn

An example configuration file can be found here.

Configuration file notes

Configuration file values can be mixed with CLI flags. E.G.

.\windows_exporter.exe --collectors.enabled=cpu,logon

  level: debug

CLI flags enjoy a higher priority over values specified in the configuration file.


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