Command-line Options

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Monika can be run with the single command monika typed into the command shell. However to fully enjoy its flexibility, there are several options and arguments that can be used.

The common -h or --help displays all available options

monika -h


Monika by default will look for the monika.yml config file. You may want to store different configurations for different environments or projects. This is straight forward by using the -c or --config flag followed by the filename.

monika --config staging-set.yml

Configuration files may be placed remotely which you can specify using the same flag and using a URI.

monika -c

A neat feature is that the configuration file is watched and any changes will cause Monika to reload.

Multiple configurations

Monika also supports multiple sources of configuration at the same time. Any top-level keys from the first argument will be overridden by the later source(s).

For example, assuming you have a file named only-notif.json whose content {"notifications":[<your-notifications-here>]}

# only-notif.json's notifications will override notifications foo-monitoring.json has
monika -c foo-monitoring.json only-notif.json

Create Config

Just starting out? Want to make a new configuration? The --create-config flag will spin up an easy Web based configuration file generator.

monika --create-config

As an alternative, the generator is able to read HAR or postman files as input to convert into monika.yml configuration files.

Use the --har or the --postman in combination with --create-config on the command line to convert those files.

monika --create-config --har myfile.har

The above example creates a config file from an existing HAR archive. Auto generated files defaults to 'monika.yml'. Use the -o output flag to specify another name.

monika --create-config --postman mypostman.json -o new-monika.yml

When generating config files, if an existing monika.yml file already exist, the user is prompted before overwriting. To bypass the user prompt, use the --force flag.


The --force flag forces the execution of a command. The force flag will bypass any user prompts with an affirmative. If a Yes/No prompt is normally presented, --force will bypass the prompt and assume a Yes.

monika --flush --force

The example above flushes the database bypassing without waiting for user confirmation.


Monika supports HAR files as input. HAR are JSON formatted HTTP ARchive file. Follow these steps to generate your own HAR file from the site you've visited then use Monika to refetch the pages and ensure they still work.

You use the -H or --har to specify a HAR file.

monika -H my-file.har

Create config from HAR file

You can use the combination of --create-config and --har flags to convert the HAR archive into to a monika.yml configuration file.

# default to monika.json
monika --create-config -H my-file.har

Merge HAR file to existing configurations

You can also use -c/--config to merge properties with them. Note that using --har will override probes passed to -c/--config.

monika --config monika-notifications.json -H my-file.har

P.S.: HAR files may contain sensitive information, use caution when distributing HAR filles.


By default Monika loops through all the probe configuration in order they are entered. However, you can specify any run order you want using the -i or --id flags.

monika -i 1,3,1,2,4,5,7,7

The above example will run probe id 1, 3, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 7 in that order just once. All id must be valid ids on the configuration file. You can combine the --id flag with the -r repeat flag to continuously repeat the specific ids.


Monika stores requests and responses data in an internal log file. By default, it only stores data when incident or recovery happens. You may choose to store all requests using --keep-verbose-logs flag.

monika --keep-verbose-logs

To dump (display) all the logs, use the -l or --logs flag.

monika --logs

You can flush the log history with the --flush option. there is no -f short flag for this command.

monika --flush

You must respond with a capital "Y" to confirm if you want to flush the logs or use the --force flag to force a Yes without prompting.


Have an existing request on postman you want to automate? Monika supports reading postman.json as configuration input. Use the -p or the --postman switches.

monika -p postman.json

Create config from Postman file

You can use the combination of --create-config and --postman flags to convert the postman files to a monika.yml config file.

Merge Postman file to existing configurations

You can also use -c/--config to merge properties with them. Note that using --postman will override probes passed to -c/--config.

monika --config monika-notifications.json --postman my-file.har


You can expose the Prometheus metrics server with the --prometheus flag and server port as a value.

monika --prometheus 3001

Then you can scrape the metrics from http://localhost:3001/metrics.

Available Metrics

Monika exposes Prometheus default metrics, Node.js specific metrics, and Monika probe metrics below.

Metric NameTypePurposeLabel
monika_probes_totalGaugeCollect total probe-
monika_request_status_code_infoGaugeCollect HTTP status codeid, name, url, method
monika_request_response_time_secondsHistogramCollect duration of probe request in secondsid, name, url, method, statusCode
monika_request_response_size_bytesGaugeCollect size of response size in bytesid, name, url, method, statusCode


By default monika will continuously loop through all your probes in the configuration. You can specify the number of repeats using -r or --repeat flags followed by a number. For example to repeat only 3 times type the command below:

monika -r 3

You can combine this flag with the --id flag to repeat custom sequences.

monika -r 3 -i 1,3,1


By default monika will continuously checking the STUN server in 20 seconds interval. You can specify the number of interval using -s or --stun flags followed by a number in seconds. For example to set the interval to 10 seconds type the command below:

monika -s 10

If the number is zero or less, monika will check the STUN server just once, not repeteadly, to get public IP.


While Monika is running, you can fetch the running statistics by using the --summary flag from another terminal.

monika --summary

Please note that you need to run the above command from the same working directory as the running monika you want to see/check. The '--summary' flag also does not when no other monika process is running.


Like your app to be more chatty and honest revealing all its internal details? Use the --verbose flag.

monika --verbose


The -v or --version flag prints current application version.

monika -v

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