Debian / Ubuntu: native package

If you run Debian 8 or Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, you can use one of the available packages which provides a self-contained build of graphite-api. Builds are available on the releases page.

Once installed, Graphite-api should be running as a service and available on port 8888. The package contains all the optional dependencies.

Python package


Installing Graphite-API requires:

  • Python 2 (2.6 and above) or 3 (3.3 and above), with development files. On debian/ubuntu, you’ll want to install python-dev.
  • gcc. On debian/ubuntu, install build-essential.
  • Cairo, including development files. On debian/ubuntu, install the libcairo2-dev package.
  • libffi with development files, libffi-dev on debian/ubuntu.
  • Pip, the Python package manager. On debian/ubuntu, install python-pip.

Global installation

To install Graphite-API globally on your system, run as root:

$ pip install graphite-api

Isolated installation (virtualenv)

If you want to isolate Graphite-API from the system-wide python environment, you can install it in a virtualenv.

$ virtualenv /usr/share/python/graphite
$ /usr/share/python/graphite/bin/pip install graphite-api

Extra dependencies

When you install graphite-api, all the dependencies for running a Graphite server that uses Whisper as a storage backend are installed. You can specify extra dependencies:

  • For Sentry integration: pip install graphite-api[sentry].
  • For Cyanite integration: pip install graphite-api[cyanite].
  • For Cache support: pip install graphite-api[cache]. You’ll also need the driver for the type of caching you want to use (Redis, Memcache, etc.). See the Flask-Cache docs for supported cache types.

You can also combine several extra dependencies:

$ pip install graphite-api[sentry,cyanite]