How To Install Prometheus on Debian 10

Install Prometheus on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Prometheus on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Prometheus is an excellent open-source system and service monitoring system. It collects metrics from configured targets via HTTP calls at given intervals, evaluates rule expressions, displays the results, and can trigger alerts if some conditions are met.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the Prometheus monitoring system on a Debian 10 (Buster).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Prometheus on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update

Step 2. Create Prometheus Users.

Now we create a new user named ‘prometheus‘, and all Prometheus services will be running under the Prometheus user:

sudo groupadd --system prometheus
sudo useradd -s /sbin/nologin --system -g prometheus prometheus

Step 3. Installing Prometheus on Debian 10.

Now we download Prometheus packages from the official website using the wget command:


Next, extract the files in the archive:

tar xvzf prometheus-2.26.0.linux-amd64.tar.gz

The archive contains many important files, but here are the main ones you need to know.

  • prometheus.yml: the configuration file for Prometheus. This is the file that you are going to modify in order to tweak your Prometheus server, for example, to change the scraping interval or to configure custom alerts;
  • prometheus: the binary for your Prometheus server. This is the command that you are going to execute to launch a Prometheus instance on your Linux box;
  • promtool: this is a command that you can run to verify your Prometheus configuration.

After that, move them to the bin directory:

cd Prometheus/prometheus-2.26.0.linux-amd64/ 
sudo cp prometheus promtool /usr/local/bin

Give permissions to the Prometheus user for the Prometheus binary:

sudo chown prometheus:prometheus /usr/local/bin/prometheus

Next, create a folder in the /etc folder for Prometheus and move the console files, console libraries, and the Prometheus configuration file to this newly created folder:

sudo mkdir /etc/prometheus
sudo cp -R consoles/ console_libraries/ prometheus.yml /etc/prometheus

Once upon, create a data folder at the root directory, with a Prometheus folder inside:

sudo mkdir -p data/prometheus
sudo chown -R prometheus:prometheus data/prometheus /etc/prometheus/*

Step 4. Create a Prometheus Systemd Service.

Go to the /lib/systemd/system folder and create a new file named prometheus.service:

cd /lib/systemd/system
sudo touch prometheus.service

Next, edit the newly created file, and paste the following content inside:

sudo nano prometheus.service

Add the following file:


ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/prometheus \
  --config.file=/etc/prometheus/prometheus.yml \
  --storage.tsdb.path="/data/prometheus" \
  --web.console.templates=/etc/prometheus/consoles \
  --web.console.libraries=/etc/prometheus/console_libraries \
  --web.listen-address= \



Save your file, enable your service at startup, and start your service:

sudo systemctl start prometheus
sudo systemctl enable prometheus

Step 5. Accessing Prometheus Web Interface.

Prometheus will be available on HTTP port 9090 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://your-ip-address:9090 and complete the required steps to finish the installation.

Install Prometheus on Debian 10 Buster

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Prometheus. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of the Prometheus monitoring system and time series database on the Debian system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Prometheus website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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