Getting Started with Sensu Go

Whether you’re completely new to Sensu, or a long-time Sensu user looking to see what’s new in Sensu Go — you’ve come to the right place.

Getting Started is easy

Get Sensu up and running in as little as 15 minutes. In fact, you may be able to take the first steps in under a minute! Don’t believe us? Give the following quick start guide a try, and let us know if we can help!

Install Sensu Go

Deploy our official Docker container to get up and running in seconds. Follow these steps, then visit your Sensu Go dashboard at http://localhost:3000/.

(You can click on the copy icon on bottom right to copy and paste into a terminal shell window).

Install the Sensu Go CLI

Sensuctl is a command line interface for running commands against Sensu clusters. Install sensuctl on your laptop to gain access to your multi-cloud monitoring control plane.

Configure your first monitor!

Sensu makes it easy to deploy instrumentation (e.g. plugins or scripts) and configure new monitors. This example shows how to monitor NTP system clock drift.

Install Sensu Go

Deploy our official Docker container to get up and running in seconds. Follow these steps, then visit your Sensu Go dashboard at http://localhost:3000/.

(You can click on the copy icon on bottom right to copy and paste into a terminal shell window).

Install the Sensu Go CLI

Sensuctl is a command line interface for running commands against Sensu clusters. Install sensuctl on your laptop to gain access to your multi-cloud monitoring control plane.

Configure your first monitor!

Sensu makes it easy to deploy instrumentation (e.g. plugins or scripts) and configure new monitors. This example shows how to monitor NTP system clock drift.

Continue your journey with Sensu

Congrats on completing this quick start guide. This brief tutorial was designed to show you just how easy it can be to get up and running with Sensu. If you like what you’ve seen so far, the following resources will help you continue your journey.

Level-up your Sensu knowledge

If you’re brand new to Sensu or need more information about Sensu concepts, check out the following resources.

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Keep experimenting

Now that you have a simple Sensu development environment running on your workstation it’s a great time to check out our guides. The Sensu Go Guides describe how to configure Sensu to complete specific observability tasks and workflows to monitor server resources, route alerts and reduce alert fatigue, export metrics, plan maintenance windows, and more, with examples and step-by-step walkthroughs.

Prepare for production rollout

Are you ready to put Sensu to work outside your local installation? You can use the monitoring as code templates you’ve created and edited in this quick start tutorial and any guides you’ve followed to realize Sensu’s value at any scale, whether you’re deploying Sensu in a lab with 10 machines, a production environment with hundreds or thousands of servers, compute instances, and containers, and beyond.

Checkout the links below to start building your production-ready Sensu deployment, and don’t forget to reach out if we can help!

Join the community

The Sensu Community communicates and collaborates on three main platforms.

GitHub

Check out the source code, share feedback, or report bugs related to the Sensu open source project on GitHub.

Discourse

Ask questions and get answers from Team Sensu, or other Sensu users on the Sensu Community Discourse.

Slack

Collaborate with other Sensu users in real time on the Sensu Community Slack workspace.

Contact Sensu

If you get stuck or have any questions, use our contact form to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help!