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Using Telegraf to get data into Quix

Telegraf is an agent that collects and sends metrics and events from databases, systems, and IoT sensors, to configured outputs. One such output is Quix. This guide shows you how to configure Telegraf to send data of interest to a Quix topic.


This guide assumes you have the following:

You also need to create a project with an environment.

Create a Telegraf configuration file

Telegraf requires a configuration file to run. If you don't have a configuration file, you can create one by following this guide.

Create a Quix topic

This guide shows you how to use Telegraf to publish your metrics or data directly into a Quix topic. You therefore need a Quix topic to publish to. If you do not already have a topic available, in Quix you can click on Topics in the main left-hand menu, and then click Add new in the top right corner. Give the topic a suitable name, such as metrics. For the purposes of this guide you can create the topic with the default settings. The topic is then created - this may take a minute or two.

Configure Telegraf

You now need to configure the Telegraf agent to write any gathered data to Quix. Open telegraf.conf in any suitable text editor and add the folllowing:

# A plugin that can transmit metrics over HTTP
taginclude = ["app",

# URL is the address to send metrics to
url = "https://writer-<org>-<project>-<environment>>/streams/<stream>/events/<event>/value"

# Timeout for HTTP message
timeout = "5s"

# HTTP method, one of: "POST" or "PUT" or "PATCH"
method = "POST"

# Data format to output.
data_format = "json"

# Additional HTTP headers
Authorization = "bearer pat-83f7<snipped>b34"

Some of the configuration above is self-explanatory. For example, the data is to be POSTed using HTTP, so method is POST.

The Quix-specific configurations are explained in the following sections.


The url configuration points to the Quix Streaming Writer HTTP endpoint. This enables data to be published to the specified topic and stream using HTTP.

Note that the URL has the format https://writer-<org>-<project>-<environment><topic>/streams/<stream>/events/<event>/value, where:

Replaceable text Description Example
<org> Your Quix organization acmecorp
<project> Your Quix project telegraftesting
<environment> Your environment within your Quix project production
<topic> The Quix topic you are publishing to metrics
<stream> The stream within the topic you are publishing to telegraf
<event> The event name raw

The easiest way to obtain the base of the URL is to go to Settings in Quix and then select APIs and tokens as shown in the following screenshot:

APIs and tokens

Use the copy button to copy the Streaming Writer API Swagger doc endpoint. You will get something similar to the following:

Remove swagger/index.html to obtain your base URL:

You now just need to add your topic, stream, and event name, for example:

In this URL the values are as follows:

Text Description
metrics The topic name
telegraf The stream name
raw The event name


The Quix Streaming Writer HTTP endpoint needs to be authenticated. This is done using a Personal Access Token (PAT). In the previous screenshot you see a button called View PAT tokens - click to display existing tokens, or create a new one. The Personal Access Tokens dialog can also be displayed from your profile menu. Click your profile picture on the main Quix screen, and the Personal Access Tokens menu item is displayed - click this to display your existing tokens, or create a new one.

Once you have obtained a PAT, you can complete the configuration:

Authorization = "bearer <pat>"

Replace <pat> with your PAT.


While not a Quix-specific configuration, taginclude is worth mentioning. This configuration filters the metrics that will be published to the outout, in this case Quix. More on filtering can be found in the Telegraf documentation.

Run Telegraf

You can now run Telegraf on the command line, which for MacOS is:

telegraf --config telegraf.conf

Different platforms may have different command line invocations.

Check the data in Quix

Now that Telegraf is running, it is publishing data to the specified Quix topic. You can check this in Quix using the Quix data explorer.

In the main left-hand menu select Data explorer. Make sure Live data is selected. You then need to select your topic, stream, and event(s) of interest. Then, as this is event data, select the Table view, and click on an event to see its content, as shown in the following screenshot:

Telegraf metrics


In this view the data display is automatically paused. Click the Live button next to the Pause button to resume the real-time display of event data.


In this guide you have learned how to configure Telegraf to publish data directly into a Quix topic. You have also learned how to examine this data using the Quix data explorer. Of course, once data is in a Quix topic, you can build a complete Python stream processing pipeline around it, and persist your processed data in a time series database such as InfluxDB.

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