Chart: Sysdig

Sysdig is a unified platform for container and microservices monitoring, troubleshooting, security and forensics. Sysdig platform has been built on top of Sysdig tool and Sysdig Inspect open-source technologies.


This chart adds the Sysdig agent for Sysdig Monitor and Sysdig Secure to all nodes in your cluster via a DaemonSet.


Installing the Chart

To install the chart with the release name sysdig-agent, retrieve your Sysdig Monitor Access Key from your Account Settings and run:

$ helm repo add sysdig

to add the sysdig Helm chart repository. Then run:

$ helm install --namespace sysdig-agent --name sysdig-agent --set sysdig.accessKey=YOUR-KEY-HERE sysdig/sysdig

After a few seconds, you should see hosts and containers appearing in Sysdig Monitor and Sysdig Secure.

Tip: List all releases using helm list

Uninstalling the Chart

To uninstall/delete the sysdig-agent deployment:

$ helm delete --namespace sysdig-agent sysdig-agent

Tip: Use helm delete --namespace sysdig-agent --purge sysdig-agent to completely remove the release from Helm internal storage

The command removes all the Kubernetes components associated with the chart and deletes the release.


The following table lists the configurable parameters of the Sysdig chart and their default values.

Parameter Description Default
image.registry Sysdig Agent image registry
image.repository The image repository to pull from sysdig/agent
image.tag The image tag to pull 11.1.2
image.pullPolicy The Image pull policy IfNotPresent
image.pullSecrets Image pull secrets nil
resources.requests.cpu CPU requested for being run in a node 600m
resources.requests.memory Memory requested for being run in a node 512Mi
resources.limits.cpu CPU limit 2000m
resources.limits.memory Memory limit 1536Mi
rbac.create If true, create & use RBAC resources true
scc.create Create OpenShift’s Security Context Constraint true
psp.create Create Pod Security Policy to allow the agent running in clusters with PSP enabled true
serviceAccount.create Create serviceAccount true Use this value as serviceAccountName ` `
daemonset.updateStrategy.type The updateStrategy for updating the daemonset RollingUpdate
daemonset.nodeSelector Node Selector {}
daemonset.affinity Node affinities schedule on amd64 and linux
daemonset.annotations Custom annotations for daemonset {}
daemonset.probes.initialDelay Initial delay for liveness and readiness probes. daemonset {}
slim.enabled Use the slim based Sysdig Agent image false
slim.kmoduleImage.repository The kernel module image builder repository to pull from sysdig/agent-kmodule
slim.resources.requests.cpu CPU requested for building the kernel module 1000m
slim.resources.requests.memory Memory requested for building the kernel module 348Mi
slim.resources.limits.memory Memory limit for building the kernel module 512Mi
ebpf.enabled Enable eBPF support for Sysdig instead of sysdig-probe kernel module false
ebpf.settings.mountEtcVolume Needed to detect which kernel version are running in Google COS true
clusterName Set a cluster name to identify events using tag ` `
sysdig.accessKey Your Sysdig Monitor Access Key Nil You must provide your own key
sysdig.disableCaptures Disable capture functionality (see false
sysdig.settings Additional settings, directly included in the agent’s configuration file dragent.yaml {}
secure.enabled Enable Sysdig Secure true
auditLog.enabled Enable K8s audit log support for Sysdig Secure false
auditLog.auditServerUrl The URL where Sysdig Agent listens for K8s audit log events
auditLog.auditServerPort Port where Sysdig Agent listens for K8s audit log events 7765
auditLog.dynamicBackend.enabled Deploy the Audit Sink where Sysdig listens for K8s audit log events false
customAppChecks The custom app checks deployed with your agent {}
tolerations The tolerations for scheduling
prometheus.file Use file to configure promscrape false
prometheus.yaml prometheus.yaml content to configure metric collection: relabelling and filtering ` `
extraVolume.volumes Additional volumes to mount in the sysdig agent to pass new secrets or configmaps []
extraVolume.mounts Mount points for additional volumes []
nodeImageAnalyzer.deploy Deploy the Node Image Analyzer (See true
nodeImageAnalyzer.settings.dockerSocketPath The Docker socket path  
nodeImageAnalyzer.settings.criSocketPath The socket path to a CRI compatible runtime, such as CRI-O  
nodeImageAnalyzer.settings.containerdSocketPath The socket path to a CRI-Containerd daemon  
nodeImageAnalyzer.settings.collectorEndpoint The endpoint to the Scanning Analysis collector  
nodeImageAnalyzer.settings.sslVerifyCertificate Can be set to false to allow insecure connections to the Sysdig backend, such as On-Prem  
nodeImageAnalyzer.settings.debug Can be set to true to show debug logging, useful for troubleshooting  
nodeImageAnalyzer.settings.httpProxy Proxy configuration variables  
nodeImageAnalyzer.settings.httpsProxy Proxy configuration variables  
nodeImageAnalyzer.settings.noProxy Proxy configuration variables  
nodeImageAnalyzer.image.repository The image repository to pull the Node Image Analyzer from sysdig/node-image-analyzer
nodeImageAnalyzer.image.tag The image tag to pull the Node Image Analyzer 0.1.7
nodeImageAnalyzer.image.pullPolicy The Image pull policy for the Node Image Analyzer IfNotPresent
nodeImageAnalyzer.image.pullSecrets Image pull secrets for the Node Image Analyzer nil
nodeImageAnalyzer.resources.requests.cpu Node Image Analyzer CPU requests per node 250m
nodeImageAnalyzer.resources.requests.memory Node Image Analyzer Memory requests per node 512Mi
nodeImageAnalyzer.resources.limits.cpu Node Image Analyzer CPU limit per node 500m
nodeImageAnalyzer.resources.limits.memory Node Image Analyzer Memory limit per node 1024Mi
nodeImageAnalyzer.extraVolume.volumes Additional volumes to mount in the Node Image Analyzer (i.e. for docker socket) []
nodeImageAnalyzer.extraVolume.mounts Mount points for additional volumes []

Specify each parameter using the --set key=value[,key=value] argument to helm install. For example,

$ helm install --namespace sysdig-agent --name sysdig-agent \
    --set sysdig.accessKey=YOUR-KEY-HERE,sysdig.settings.tags="role:webserver\,location:europe" \

Alternatively, a YAML file that specifies the values for the parameters can be provided while installing the chart. For example,

$ helm install --namespace sysdig-agent --name sysdig-agent -f values.yaml sysdig/sysdig

Tip: You can use the default values.yaml

Node Image Analyzer

The Node Image Analyzer is now deployed by default unless you set the value nodeImageAnalyzer.deploy to false.

See the Node Image Analyzer documentation for details about the available options, and Running Node Image Analyzer Behind a Proxy for proxy settings.

The node image analyzer (NIA) provides the capability to scan images as soon as they start running on hosts where the analyzer is installed. It is typically installed alongside the Sysdig agent container.

On container start-up, the analyzer scans all pre-existing running images present in the node. Additionally, it will scan any new image that enters a running state in the node. It will scan each image once, then forward the results to the Sysdig Secure scanning backend. Image metadata and the full scan report is then available in the Sysdig Secure UI.

On-Premise backend deployment settings

Sysdig platform backend can be also deployed On-Premise in your own infrastructure.

Installing the agent using the Helm chart is also possible in this scenario, and you can enable it with the following parameters:

Parameter Description Default
collectorSettings.collectorHost The IP address or hostname of the collector ` `
collectorSettings.collectorPort The port where collector is listening 6443
collectorSettings.ssl The collector accepts SSL true
collectorSettings.sslVerifyCertificate Set to false if you don’t want to verify SSL certificate true

For example:

$ helm install --namespace sysdig-agent --name sysdig-agent \
    --set sysdig.accessKey=YOUR-KEY-HERE \
    --set collectorSettings.collectorHost= \
    --set collectorSettings.collectorPort=6443 \
    --set collectorSettings.sslVerifyCertificate=false \

Using private Docker image registry

If you pull the Sysdig agent Docker image from a private registry that requires authentication, some additional configuration is required.

First, create a secret that stores the registry credentials:

$ kubectl create secret docker-registry SECRET_NAME \
  --docker-server=SERVER \
  --docker-username=USERNAME \
  --docker-password=TOKEN \

Then, point to this secret in the values YAML file:

  accessKey: YOUR-KEY-HERE
  registry: myrepo.mydomain.tld
  repository: sysdig-agent
  tag: latest-tag
    - name: SECRET_NAME

Finally, set the accessKey value and you are ready to deploy the Sysdig agent using the Helm chart:

$ helm install --namespace sysdig-agent --name sysdig-agent -f values.yaml sysdig/sysdig

You can read more details about this in Kubernetes Documentation.

Modifying Sysdig agent configuration

The Sysdig agent uses a file called dragent.yaml to store the configuration.

Using the Helm chart, the default configuration settings can be updated using sysdig.settings either via --set sysdig.settings.key = value or in the values YAML file. For example, to eanble Prometheus metrics scraping, you need this in your values.yaml file::

  accessKey: YOUR-KEY-HERE
      enabled: true
      histograms: true
$ helm install --namespace sysdig-agent --name sysdig-agent -f values.yaml sysdig/sysdig

Upgrading Sysdig agent configuration

If you need to upgrade the agent configuration file, first modify the YAML file (in this case we are increasing the metrics limit scraping Prometheus metrics):

  accessKey: YOUR-KEY-HERE
      enabled: true
      histograms: true
      max_metrics: 2000
      max_metrics_per_process: 400

And then, upgrade Helm chart with:

$ helm upgrade --namespace sysdig-agent sysdig-agent -f values.yaml sysdig/sysdig

How to upgrade to the last version

First of all ensure you have the lastest chart version

$ helm repo update

In case you deployed the chart with a values.yaml file, you just need to modify (or add if it’s missing) the image.tag field and execute:

$ helm install --namespace sysdig-agent --name sysdig-agent -f values.yaml sysdig/sysdig

If you deployed the chart setting the values as CLI parameters, like for example:

$ helm install \
    --namespace sysdig-agent \
    --name sysdig-agent \
    --set sysdig.accessKey=xxxx \
    --set ebpf.enabled=true \

You will need to execute:

$ helm upgrade --namespace sysdig-agent --set image.tag=<last_version> --reuse-values sysdig-agent sysdig/sysdig

Adding custom AppChecks

Application checks are integrations that allow the Sysdig agent to collect metrics exposed by specific services. Sysdig has several built-in AppChecks, but sometimes you might need to create your own.

Your own AppChecks can deployed with the Helm chart embedding them in the values YAML file:

customAppChecks: |-
    from checks import AgentCheck

    class MyCustomCheck(AgentCheck):
        def check(self, instance):
            self.gauge("testhelm", 1)

  accessKey: YOUR-KEY-HERE
      - name: sample
        interval: 10
        pattern: # pattern to match the application
          comm: myprocess
          mykey: myvalue

The first section dumps the AppCheck in a Kubernetes configmap and makes it available within the Sysdig agent container. The second one configures it on the dragent.yaml file.

Once the values YAML file is ready, we will deploy the Chart like before:

$ helm install --namespace sysdig-agent --name sysdig-agent -f values.yaml sysdig/sysdig

Automating the generation of custom-app-checks.yaml file

Sometimes editing and maintaining YAML files can be a bit cumbersome and error-prone, so we have created a script for automating this process and make your life easier.

Imagine that you have custom AppChecks for a number of services like Redis, MongoDB and Traefik.

You have already a values.yaml with just your configuration:

  accessKey: YOUR-KEY-HERE
      - name: myredis
      - name: mymongo
      - name: mytraefik

You can generate an additional values YAML file with the custom AppChecks:

$ git clone
$ cd charts/sysdig
$ ./scripts/appchecks2helm appChecks/ appChecks/ appChecks/ > custom-app-checks.yaml

And deploy the Chart with both of them:

$ helm install --namespace sysdig-agent --name sysdig-agent -f custom-app-checks.yaml -f values.yaml sysdig/sysdig

Adding prometheus.yaml to configure promscrape

Promscrape is the component used to collect Prometheus metrics from the sysdig agent. It is based on Prometheus and accepts the same configuration format.

This file can contain relabelling rules and filters to remove certain metrics or add some configurations to the collection. An example of this file could be:

  scrape_interval: 15s
  evaluation_interval: 15s
- job_name: 'prometheus' # config for federation
  honor_labels: true
  metrics_path: '/federate'
  - regex: 'kubernetes_pod_name'
    action: labeldrop
      - '{sysdig="true"}'
  - tags:
      namespace: monitoring
      deployment: prometheus-server

sysdig_sd_configs allows to select the targets obtained by Sysdig agents to apply the rules in the job. Check how to configure filtering in sysdig documentation.

Adding additional volumes

To add a new volume to the sysdig agent.

In order to pass new config maps or secrets used for authentication (for example for Prometheus endpoints) you can mount additional secrets, configmaps or volumes. An example of this could be:

    - name: sysdig-new-cm
        name: my-cm
        optional: true
    - name: sysdig-new-secret
        secretName: my-secret
    - mountPath: /opt/draios/cm
      name: sysdig-new-cm
    - mountPath: /opt/draios/secret
      name: sysdig-new-secret


For getting support from the Sysdig team, you should refer to the official Sysdig Support page.

In addition to this, you can browse the documentation for the different components of the Sysdig Platform: