Zabbix supports TimescaleDB, a PostgreSQL-based database solution of automatically partitioning data into time-based chunks to support faster performance at scale.
Currently TimescaleDB is not supported by Zabbix proxy.
Instructions on this page can be used for creating TimescaleDB database or migrating from existing PostgreSQL tables to TimescaleDB.
We assume that TimescaleDB extension has been already installed on the database server (see installation instructions).
TimescaleDB extension must also be enabled for the specific DB by executing:
Running this command requires database administrator privileges.
If you use a database schema other than 'public' you need to add a SCHEMA clause to the command above. E.g.:
echo "CREATE EXTENSION IF NOT EXISTS timescaledb SCHEMA yourschema CASCADE;" | sudo -u postgres psql zabbix
Then run the
timescaledb.sql script located in database/postgresql. For new installations the script must be run after the regular PostgreSQL database has been created with initial schema/data (see database creation):
Please ignore warning messages informing that the best practices are not followed while running
timescaledb.sql script on TimescaleDB version 2.9.0 and higher. Regardless of this warning, the configuration will be completed successfully.
The migration of existing history and trend data may take a lot of time. Zabbix server and frontend must be down for the period of migration.
timescaledb.sql script sets the following housekeeping parameters:
In order to use partitioned housekeeping for history and trends, both these options must be enabled. It is also possible to enable override individually either for history only or trends only.
For PostgreSQL version 10.2 or higher and TimescaleDB version 1.5 or higher, the
timescaledb.sql script sets two additional parameters:
To successfully remove compressed data by housekeeper, both Override item history period and Override item trend period options must be enabled. If override is disabled and tables have compressed chunks, the housekeeper will not remove data from these tables, and warnings about incorrect configuration will be displayed in the administration screen for Housekeeping and the System information section.
All of these parameters can be changed in Administration → General → Housekeeping after the installation.
You may want to run the timescaledb-tune tool provided by TimescaleDB to optimize PostgreSQL configuration parameters in your
Native TimescaleDB compression is supported starting from Zabbix 5.0 for PostgreSQL version 10.2 or higher and TimescaleDB version 1.5 or higher for all Zabbix tables that are managed by TimescaleDB. During the upgrade or migration to TimescaleDB, initial compression of the large tables may take a lot of time.
Note that compression is supported under the "timescale" Timescale Community license and it is not supported under "apache" Apache 2.0 license. Starting with Zabbix 5.0.26, and for TimescaleDB versions 2.0+, Zabbix detects if compression is supported. If it is not supported a warning message is written into the Zabbix server log.
Users are encouraged to get familiar with TimescaleDB compression documentation before using compression.
Note, that there are certain limitations imposed by compression, specifically:
Compression settings can be changed in the History and trends compression block in Administration → General → Housekeeping section of Zabbix frontend.
|Enable compression||Enabled||Checking or unchecking the checkbox does not activate/deactivate compression immediately. Because compression is handled by the Housekeeper, the changes will take effect in up to 2 times
After disabling compression, new chunks that fall into the compression period will not be compressed. However, all previously compressed data will stay compressed. To uncompress previously compressed chunks, follow instructions in TimescaleDB documentation.
When upgrading from older versions of Zabbix with TimescaleDB support, compression will not be enabled by default.
|Compress records older than||7d||This parameter cannot be less than 7 days.
Due to immutability of compressed chunks all late data (e.g. data delayed by a proxy) that is older than this value will be discarded.