# Statistics¶

New in version v2.3.

For v2.1 and v2.2 see Old Statistics.

See Events for list of all events that can be used in statistics.

New in version v2.3.

Dovecot supports gathering statistics from “Events Design”. Eventually all of the log messages should be events, so it will be possible to configure Dovecot to get statistics for anything that is logged. For debug messages it’s possible to get statistics even if the message itself isn’t logged.

Currently there are no statistics logged by default (but this might change). You’ll need to add some metrics:

metric name {
# Individual events can be identified either by their name or source file:line location.
# The source location of course can change between Dovecot versions, so it should be
# avoided.
event_name = example_event_name
#source_location = example.c:123

# Space-separated list of categories that must match the event (e.g. "mail" or "storage")
#categories =

# List of fields in event parameters that are included in the metrics.
# All events have a default "duration" field that doesn't need to be listed here.
#fields =

# List of key=value pairs that must match the event. The value can contain '?' and '*' wildcards.
#filter {
#  field_key = wildcard
#}
}


## Listing Statistics¶

The gathered statistics are available by running:

doveadm stats dump


Each event has a duration field, which tracks in microseconds how long the event existed. For example with imap_command_finished field it could be:

metric_name          field     count     sum     min   max     avg   median    %95
imap_commands        duration   35     1190122   162  340477  34003    244    188637


The above means:

 count There have been 35 IMAP commands sum The IMAP commands were running in total for 1190122 microseconds (= 1.1 seconds) min The fastest IMAP command took 162 microseconds max The slowest IMAP command took 340477 microseconds avg The average time spent on an IMAP commands was 34003 microseconds median The median time spent on an IMAP command was 244 microseconds %95 95% of the IMAP commands took 188637 microseconds or less

The other fields (than duration) track whatever that field represents. For example with imap_command_finished’s bytes_in field could be tracking how many bytes were being used by the IMAP commands. Non-numeric fields can also be tracked, although only the count is relevant to those.

The stats counters are reset whenever the stats process is started, which also means a dovecot reload will reset statistics. Using doveadm stats -r parameter will also reset the statistics atomically after they’re dumped.

Examples:

metric imap_select_no {
event_name = imap_command_finished
filter {
name = SELECT
}
}

metric imap_select_no_notfound {
event_name = imap_command_finished
filter {
name = SELECT