Deprecation Notes

This module is deprecated. Please use new version instead.

Monitoring uses the remote control interface to fetch statistics.

Provides the following charts:

  1. Queries Processed

    • Ratelimited
    • Cache Misses
    • Cache Hits
    • Expired
    • Prefetched
    • Recursive
  2. Request List

    • Average Size
    • Max Size
    • Overwritten Requests
    • Overruns
    • Current Size
    • User Requests
  3. Recursion Timings

  • Average recursion processing time
  • Median recursion processing time

If extended stats are enabled, also provides:

  1. Cache Sizes

    • Message Cache
    • RRset Cache
    • Infra Cache
    • DNSSEC Key Cache
    • DNSCrypt Shared Secret Cache
    • DNSCrypt Nonce Cache


Unbound must be manually configured to enable the remote-control protocol. Check the Unbound documentation for info on how to do this. Additionally, if you want to take advantage of the autodetection this plugin offers, you will need to make sure your unbound.conf file only uses spaces for indentation (the default config shipped by most distributions uses tabs instead of spaces).

Once you have the Unbound control protocol enabled, you need to make sure that either the certificate and key are readable by Netdata (if you’re using the regular control interface), or that the socket is accessible to Netdata (if you’re using a UNIX socket for the contorl interface).

By default, for the local system, everything can be auto-detected assuming Unbound is configured correctly and has been told to listen on the loopback interface or a UNIX socket. This is done by looking up info in the Unbound config file specified by the ubconf key.

To enable extended stats for a given job, add extended: yes to the definition.

You can also enable per-thread charts for a given job by adding per_thread: yes to the definition. Note that the numbe rof threads is only checked on startup.

A basic local configuration with extended statistics and per-thread charts looks like this:

    ubconf: /etc/unbound/unbound.conf
    extended: yes
    per_thread: yes

While it’s a bit more complicated to set up correctly, it is recommended that you use a UNIX socket as it provides far better performance.


If you’ve configured the module and can’t get it to work, make sure and check all of the following:

  • If you’re using autodetection, double check that your unbound.conf file is actually using spaces instead of tabs, and that appropriate indentation is present. Most Linux distributions ship a default config for Unbound that uses tabs, and the plugin can’t read such a config file correctly. Also, make sure this file is actually readable by Netdata.
  • Ensure that the control protocol is actually configured correctly. You can check this quickly by running unbound-control stats_noreset as root, which should print out a bunch of info about the internal statistics of the server. If this returns an error, you don’t have the control protocol set up correctly.
  • If using the regular control interface, make sure that the certificate and key file you have configured in unbound.conf are readable by Netdata. In general, it’s preferred to use ACL’s on the files to provide the required permissions.
  • If using a UNIX socket, make sure that the socket is both readable and writable by Netdata. Just like with the regular control interface, it’s preferred to use ACL’s to provide these permissions.
  • Make sure that SELinux, Apparmor, or any other mandatory access control system isn’t interfering with the access requirements mentioned above. In some cases, you may have to add a local rule to allow this access.