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Blueflood is a multi-tenant, distributed metric processing system. Blueflood is capable of ingesting, rolling up and serving metrics at a massive scale.

Getting Started

The latest code will always be here on Github.

git clone
cd blueflood

You can run the entire suite of tests using Maven:

mvn test integration-test


Build an 'uber jar' using maven:

mvn package -P all-modules

The uber jar will be found in ${BLUEFLOOD_DIR}/blueflood-all/target/blueflood-all-${VERSION}-jar-with-dependencies.jar. This jar contains all the dependencies necessary to run Blueflood with a very simple classpath.

Build a docker image:

mvn clean package  docker:build -Pall-modules


The best place to start is the 10 minute guide. In a nutshell, you must do this:

java -cp /path/to/uber.jar \
-Dblueflood.config=file:///path/to/blueflood.conf \
-Dlog4j.configuration=file:///path/to/ \

Each configuration option can be found in Each of those can be overridden on the command line by doing:


Additional Tools

The Blueflood team maintains a number of tools that are related to the project, but not essential components of it. These tools are kept in various other repos:


First, we welcome bug reports and contributions. If you would like to contribute code, just fork this project and send us a pull request. If you would like to contribute documentation, you should get familiar with our wiki

Also, we have set up a Google Group to answer questions.

If you prefer IRC, most of the Blueflood developers are in #blueflood on Freenode.


Copyright 2013-2017 Rackspace

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