InfluxDB Week in Review – October 12, 2015

Jimmy Guerrero — October 12, 2015

In this post we’ll recap the most interesting InfluxDB related content you may have missed in the last week or so.

Blogs, Videos, Articles, Docs and How-Tos


PRs == Free T-Shirts

We need your help testing and benchmarking the new storage engine! Open two PRs in the month of October and we’ll send you a t-shirt plus a fistful of stickers. You’ll also be halfway to a freeHacktoberfest t-shirt from DigitalOcean and GitHub. Click here to learn more about how to claim your stuff.


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Mozilla’s Raptor project uses InfluxDB together with Grafana to track the performance statistics of core applications and devices running Firefox OS. For Mozilla, the most compelling feature of InfluxDB is its time-based grouping of records and the ability to aggregate results using mathematical functions. According to software engineer Eli Perelman, “By regularly testing our device builds and keeping that data in InfluxDB, we are able to run automated jobs which query the database and inform us when performance regressions occur. We heavily utilize the ability to aggregate data using mathematical functions to determine if builds have decreasing performance. InfluxDB provides an excellent product and service, and our tooling would not be as good as it is without it.”

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AXA Group

AXA uses Influxdb to store metrics gathered from users on websites, servers, applications to be computed and are displayed using Grafana and their own, proprietary decisional scripts that can trigger alerts based on the behaviour of users. This solution is used on Asian and some Europeans websites. What did AXA find compelling about InfluxDB? Easy to use HTTP API and the ability to store A LOT of metrics!


All Discounts Here

The All Discounts Here mobile application helps shoppers find the best offers in town for goods and services. It allows you to receive new loyalty cards to your smartphone and store plastic ones in a digital format. Their app allows you to find latest discounts and promos by means of location services at any time. What did All Discounts Here find compelling about InfluxDB? Storing metrics, analytics data about those metrics, clustering and the Telegraf collector.


We’ve added two webinars to the events calendar. Sign up for this Wednesday’s in-depth technical webinar with Paul Dix where he’ll give an update on the status of the new storage engine and what to expect in in the 0.9.5 release.


TL;DR Tech Tips

Getting server version via a query

Q: How do I retrieve basic server info for InfluxDB?


XML or CSV format in HTTP API

Q: Is it possible to get data from the HTTP API on the 8086 port in a format other than JSON?

A: Not at the moment. The only format emitted by that endpoint is JSON. The command-line tool simply parses JSON and presents it in tabular format.

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