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Vaping provides the following features:

  • Real-time latency graphing viewable in the browser
  • Line and smokestack graphs
  • Containerized and easy to setup and configure
  • Support for time-series databases
  • Plugin-based design to allow integration with other services
  • Supports distributed setups through message queue

Vaping is a Python daemon which polls for input and sends its output through plugins.

It has a standalone mode to directly serve realtime graphs in a browser, or can use ZeroMQ to distribute messages.


pip install vaping

You will need a compiler and Python development libraries for some components, which you can obtain with the gcc and python-devel packages for your operating system.

Alternatively, you can use the Docker image, which includes all requirements.

Quick Start

To use Vaping, you need first a configuration file that defines which hosts to target and where to send the output. You can have a look at the examples in this repository and adapt them to your needs.

Then, start the vaping program from the command line, specifying the path to the configuration file.

A quick start example is available here. It shows you how to ping multiple hosts and display the resulting graphs using a local web server.


Vaping has a command-line interface with the following usage:

Usage: vaping [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...


  --version    Show the version and exit.
  --quiet      no output at all
  --verbose    enable more verbose output
  --home TEXT  specify the home directory, by default will check in order:
               $VAPING_HOME, ./.vaping, ~/.config/vaping
  --debug      enable extra debug output
  --help       Show this message and exit.

  start    start a vaping process
  stop     stop a vaping process
  restart  restart a vaping process


Starts a vaping process, by default will fork into the background unless --debug or --no-fork is passed.

It adds options:

  -d, --no-fork  do not fork into background


Stops a vaping process identified by $VAPING_HOME/


Documentation is created with mkdocs and available here:




The current change log is available at


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