A custom query handler answers function queries. Chronix determines if a query is a function query by using the filter query mechanism of Apache Solr. There are three types of functions: Aggregations, Transformations, and High-level Analyses.

Currently the following functions are available:

(See the GPL2 branch that has more functions)

  • Maximum (function=max)
  • Minimum (function=min)
  • Average (function=avg)
  • Standard Deviation (function=dev)
  • Percentiles (function=p:[0.1,...,1.0])
  • Count (function=count) (Release 0.2)
  • Sum (function=sum) (Release 0.2)
  • Range (function=range) (Release 0.2)
  • First\/Last (function=first\/last) (Release 0.2)
  • Bottom\/Top (function=bottom\/top:10) (Release 0.2)
  • Derivative (function=derivative) (Release 0.2)
  • Non Negative Derivative (function=nnderivative) (Release 0.2)
  • Difference (function=diff) (Release 0.2)
  • Signed Difference (function=sdiff) (Release 0.2)
  • Scale (function=scale:0.5) (Release 0.2)
  • Divide (function=divide:4) (Release 0.2)
  • Moving Average (function=movavg:10,MINUTES) (Release 0.2)
  • Add (function=add:4) (Release 0.2)
  • Subtract (function=sub:4) (Release 0.2)
  • A linear trend detection (function=trend)
  • Outlier detection (function=outlier)
  • Frequency detection (function=frequency:10,6)
  • Time series similarity search (function=fastdtw:(metric:*Load*),1,0.8)
  • Timeshift (function=timeshift:[+\/-]10,DAYS) (Release 0.3)
  • Distinct (function=distinct) (Release 0.4)
  • Integral (function=integral) (Release 0.4)

Multiple analyses, aggregations, and transformations are allowed per query. If so, Chronix will first execute the transformations in the order they occur. Then it executes the analyses and aggregations on the result of the chained transformations. For example the query:


is executed as follows:

  1. Calculate the moving average
  2. Scale the result of the moving average by 4
  3. Calculate the max, min, and the trend based on the prior result.

A function query does not return the raw time series data by default. It returns all requested time series attributes, the analysis and its result. With the enabled option fl=+data Chronix will return the data for the analyses. The attributes are merged using a set to avoid duplicates. For example a query for a metric that is collected on several hosts might return the following result:

        "host:"["host-1","host-2", ...]

A few example analyses:

q=metric:*load* // Get all time series that metric name matches *load*

+ fq=function=max //Get the maximum of 
+ fq=function=p:0.25 //To get the 25% percentile of the time series data
+ fq=function=trend //Returns all time series that have a positive trend
+ fq=function=frequency=10,6 //Checks time frames of 10 minutes if there are more than 6 points. If true it returns the time series.
+ fq=function=fastdtw(metric:*load*),1,0.8 //Uses fast dynamic time warping to search for similar time series

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