docker run -p 9090:9090 prom/prometheus is all is takes to get Prometheus running on :9090/. For production use though you'll want to specify your own configuration, and it's always good to use source control.
Docker makes this easy with layers, allowing you to take an existing image and make changes on top of it. Let's start by creating a simple Prometheus configuration file:
cat <<EOF > prometheus.yml global: scrape_interval: 10s evaluation_interval: 10s scrape_configs: - job_name: 'prometheus' static_configs: - targets: ['localhost:9090'] EOF
This tells the Prometheus server to scrape itself on port 9090.
Now let's create a Dockerfile that adds this on top of the
cat <<EOF > Dockerfile FROM prom/prometheus # Add in the configuration file from the local directory. ADD prometheus.yml /etc/prometheus/prometheus.yml EOF
Next we can build and run it:
docker build -t prometheus_simple . docker run -p 9090:9090 prometheus_simple
If you visit :9090/consoles/prometheus.html you'll see the Prometheus console!
You can add more files for rules and consoles, and check it all into source control. For example, the configuration for this post can be found on Github.