How to install plugins using assets

Assets are shareable, reusable packages that make it easy to deploy Sensu plugins. You can use assets to provide the plugins, libraries, and runtimes you need to automate your monitoring workflows. See the asset reference for more information about assets.

1. Download an asset definition from Bonsai

You can discover, download, and share assets using Bonsai, the Sensu asset index. To use an asset, select the Download button on the asset page in Bonsai to download the asset definition for your Sensu backend platform and architecture. Asset definitions tell Sensu how to download and verify the asset when required by a check, filter, mutator, or handler.

For example, here’s the asset definition for version 1.1.0 of the Sensu PagerDuty handler asset for Linux AMD64.

type: Asset
api_version: core/v2
  name: sensu-pagerduty-handler
  namespace: default
  labels: {}
  annotations: {}
  sha512: e93ec4465af5a2057664e8c3cd68e9352457b81315b97578eaae5e21f0cf7419d4fc36feb0155eeb0dd5a227e267307a58ee58a9f3e85bf3d44da3738bf691ca
  - entity.system.os == 'linux'
  - entity.system.arch == 'amd64'

After downloading an asset definition, open the file and adjust the namespace and filters for your Sensu instance. Filters for check assets should match entity platforms, while filters for handler and filter assets should match your Sensu backend platform. If the provided filters are too restrictive for your platform, replace os and arch with any supported entity system attributes (for example: entity.system.platform_family == 'rhel'). You may also want to customize the asset name to reflect the supported platform (for example: sensu-pagerduty-handler-linux) and add custom attributes using labels and annotations.

Enterprise-tier assets (like the ServiceNow and Jira event handlers) require a Sensu license. For more information about licensed-tier features and to activate your license, see the getting started guide.

2. Register the asset with Sensu

Once you’ve downloaded the asset definition, you can register the asset with Sensu using sensuctl.

sensuctl create --file sensu-sensu-pagerduty-handler-1.1.0-linux-amd64.yml

You can use sensuctl to verify that the asset is registered and ready to use.

sensuctl asset list

3. Create a workflow

Now we can use assets in a monitoring workflow. Depending on the asset, you may want to create Sensu checks, filters, mutators, and handlers. The asset details in Bonsai are the best resource for information about asset capabilities and configuration.

For example, to use the Sensu PagerDuty handler asset, create a pagerduty handler that includes your PagerDuty service API key in place of SECRET and sensu-pagerduty-handler as a runtime asset.

type: Handler
api_version: core/v2
  name: pagerduty
  namespace: default
  command: sensu-pagerduty-handler
  - is_incident
  - sensu-pagerduty-handler
  timeout: 10
  type: pipe
    "api_version": "core/v2",
    "type": "Handler",
    "metadata": {
        "namespace": "default",
        "name": "pagerduty"
    "spec": {
        "type": "pipe",
        "command": "sensu-pagerduty-handler",
        "env_vars": [
        "runtime_assets": ["sensu-pagerduty-handler"],
        "timeout": 10,
        "filters": [

Save the definition to a file (for example: pagerduty-handler.json), and add to Sensu using sensuctl.

sensuctl create --file pagerduty-handler.json

Now that Sensu can create incidents in PagerDuty, we can automate this workflow by adding the pagerduty handler to our Sensu service checks. To get started with checks, see the guide to monitoring server resources.

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