We have recently rebranded and changed our name from Dataloop.IO to Outlyer. Our agent is still called dataloop agent, and relevant code reflects the old name (Dataloop) as well. Thank you for your patience as we update everything.

Introduction to Using Outlyer with Docker

What is Docker?

Docker is software that allows you to run your applications inside containers on a host. Similar to virtual machines but much more lightweight, containers package up an application with a complete filesystem.

Read more at What is Docker?

Monitoring Docker Environments

Docker brings a new level of complexity to monitoring. Each container consumes CPU, memory, network, and other resources, but all containers must share the resources available to their host.

Outlyer gives you the ability to monitor the resources used by each of the containers as well as the host.

Our packs and plugins work with containers as well. The MySQL plugin, for example, will report the same metrics whether MySQL is running on a traditional host, or inside a container.

Monitoring with Outlyer

We provide a special agent for Docker environments. Naturally, this agent is itself packaged as a Docker container. Our container provides the following features:

  • Container inventory and autodiscovery. The agent reports metrics for every container. When you create new containers, the agent will automatically begin reporting metrics for those new containers without any work from you. When you delete containers, they will be removed from the Outlyer console.

  • Per-container and per-host metrics. The agent will report base system metrics (CPU, memory, I/O, and network usage) consumed by each container, as well as for the host machine the containers are running on.

  • Running packs and plugins. The agent can run our standard packs and monitoring plugins against services running inside containers. There are usually no changes required to the plugin scripts.


It is not necessary to install the regular Outlyer (Dataloop) Agent on a host if the Outlyer (Dataloop) Docker Agent is deployed there. The Docker Agent will report host metrics as well as container metrics.

Container Orchestration

Managing individual Docker hosts directly has given way to container orchestration software like Kubernetes, Swarm, and Mesos. These systems let you manage your Docker hosts as a single cluster, also adding a layer of additional services like fault-tolerance and DNS.

On our installation page, we show you how to deploy Outlyer to all of the hosts in your Kubernetes or Swarm cluster with a single command. (Support for Mesos is coming soon.)

Getting Started

  1. Install the agent on your Docker hosts.
  2. Install the Docker pack in your account.
  3. Use "host view" to visualize your hosts, containers, and the connections between them.