Registration and signing in

To use the features of Netdata Cloud, you must first register an account with Netdata Cloud and associate your first Netdata node with the Netdata Cloud registry. Netdata Cloud is entirely free for all Netdata users, and does not store any metrics created by your machines. You keep your data—Netdata Cloud just connects it all together.

Opting-in to Netdata Cloud

By signing in to Netdata Cloud, you opt-in to let Netdata Cloud receive and store the information described here. We never store the metrics collected by Netdata agents, just machine GUIDs, person GUID, URLs, and account information.

Registering a Netdata Cloud account

There is only one prerequisite to using Netdata Cloud: A working Netdata agent. If you don’t have a running Netdata agent yet, check out the installation guides for more information.

To begin, visit the web dashboard of your Netdata agent by navigating your browser of choice to http://SERVER-IP:19999. You’ll see a dashboard much like this:

A screenshot of Netdata's web interface

From here, you need to register for a Netdata Cloud account. Click on the Sign in button on the top-right corner of the dashboard’s view.

A screenshot of the Sign in button in the Netdata dashboard

Alternative registration routes

While we recommend the Sign in button, the Netdata dashboard has one other direct route registering for or signing in to a Netdata Cloud account.

The text **Please sign in to netdata.cloud to view your nodes!** contains a link to access Netdata Cloud.

![A screenshot of the Netdata Cloud sign in link](https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/1153921/59644958-2f4df880-9124-11e9-946c-bb30c8735e0a.png)

Two other routes exist, but they are more directly related to accessing the Nodes View. They will, however, require either registration or sign in and thus are valid routes to access Netdata Cloud.

One route can be found in the **Nodes Beta** button the left side of the navigation menu:

![A screenshot of a link to the Nodes View in Netdata Cloud](https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/1153921/59644663-c1ed9800-9122-11e9-9ebc-d67e7db229a7.png)

A second route can be found in the Nodes List—the drop-down menu in the top-left corner of the Netdata dashboard:

 ![A screenshot of a second link to the Nodes View in Netdata Cloud](https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/1153921/59644973-3d9c1480-9124-11e9-9a1d-33c412578a9f.png)
Registration route when using a private registry

If you’re using a private registry, clicking the Sign in button will display a modal window warning you about the process of migrating away from your private registry and to Netdata Cloud’s registry.

![A screenshot of the private registry warning modal](https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/1153921/59782901-ca091d00-9273-11e9-9f9a-0cb18f78ca26.png)

If you agree to use Netdata Cloud over your private registry, and opt-in to let Netdata Cloud receive and store the information described [here](../../../registry/#what-data-does-the-registry-store), you should click the **Sign in** button again. If not, click the **Cancel** button to continue using your private registry.

Choosing your registration or sign in method

After clicking the Sign in button, you’ll be directed to the Netdata Cloud registration/sign in page. Choose to authorize with your Google account, GitHub account, or email.

Attention

Be consistent with the sign in method you use, whether GitHub, Google, or email. If you sign in via different methods, the system will create multiple Netdata Cloud accounts, one for each sign-in method used. We plan to offer multiple authentication methods for the same account in the future.

Screenshot of the registration/sign in view for Netdata Cloud

Registration via Google

Click the Authorize with Google button to begin registration. You will be redirected to a Google authentication form where you confirm you will “share your name, email address, language preference, and profile picture with netdata.cloud.”

Screenshot of the Google authentication screen for Netdata Cloud

Click on the account you would like to connect to Netdata Cloud to continue and then skip down to Visiting Netdata Cloud for the first time for further instructions.

Registration via GitHub

Click the Authorize with GitHub button to begin registration. You will be redirected to a GitHub authentication form where you confirm to share your email address with Netdata Cloud to create your account.

Screenshot of the GitHub authentication screen for Netdata Cloud

Click the Authorize Netdata button to continue and then skip down to Visiting Netdata Cloud for the first time for further instructions.

Registration via email

Enter your preferred email into the field and click the Authorize button.

Open your email account and check for the verification email—it should arrive in less than a minute. If it doesn’t show up, check your spam folder or click the Resend email button in the Netdata Cloud interface.

When the email arrives, open it and click on the green Sign in button and then skip down to Visiting Netdata Cloud for the first time for further instructions.

Screenshot of the verification email

Visiting the Nodes View for the first time

Regardless of which sign in method you used, you’ll now be redirected back to your Netdata agent’s dashboard. This node has now been associated with your Netdata Cloud account. Netdata Cloud uses a list of nodes associated with your account to populate the Nodes List dropdown in the dashboard and the Nodes View feature of Netdata Cloud.

For more information on how to use the Nodes View, visit the Nodes View guide.

Signing in to your Netdata Cloud account

The process of signing in to an existing Netdata Cloud account the same as registering for a new account. The recommended method is to use the Sign in button at the top-right corner of a Netdata nodes’s dashboard. Choose the method you used to register for your Netdata Cloud account and complete the process.

A screenshot of the Sign in button in the Netdata dashboard

Adding additional nodes to your Netdata Cloud account

There is currently only one way to associate additional Netdata nodes with your Netdata Cloud account: You must visit the web dashboard for each node and click the Sign in button and complete the sign in process.

We are aware that the process of registering each node individually is cumbersome for those who want to implement Netdata Cloud’s features across a large infrastructure.

Please view [this comment on issue #6318](https://github.com/netdata/netdata/issues/6318#issuecomment-504106329) for how we plan on improving the process for adding additional nodes to your Netdata Cloud account.

Private registries and Netdata Cloud

If you use a private registry, and sign in to Netdata Cloud, you’ll be using the Netdata Cloud registry in addition to your private registry.

Clicking the Sign in button on the Netdata dashboard will display a modal window warning you about the synchronization of your private registry’s entries to the Netdata Cloud’s registry.

A screenshot of the private registry warning modal

If your company’s data policies don’t allow storing information about your nodes on the Netdata Cloud registry, you should click the Cancel button and continue using your private registry. You’ll be able to access the Nodes List in the top-left corner of a Netdata dashboard, but you won’t be able to use the Nodes View feature within Netdata Cloud, or any of the additional features on our roadmap. You can also sign up for the waiting list for the hosted and/or on-premises versions of Netdata Cloud that we’re working on.

If you agree to use Netdata Cloud over your private registry, and opt-in to let Netdata Cloud receive and store the information described here, you should click the Sign in button again to continue the registration/sign in process.

Returning to your private registry

If you register for or sign in to Netdata Cloud from a node previously associated with a private registry, you can easily return to your private registry by signing out.

You can sign out in two ways:

  1. From a node’s dashboard: In the top-right corner you will find a dropdown menu with your email address. Click that and then click the Sign Out button.
  2. From Netdata Cloud: Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner and then click on the Sign Out button.

Signing out from Netdata Cloud and returning to your private registry does not remove the information stored about your nodes or account details.

But, upon signout, your Nodes List on all dashboards will once more be populated by your private registry and not Netdata Cloud.

What’s next?

Learn how to use the Nodes View to monitor many nodes concurrently.