Overview of Stackdriver support for GKE

Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) includes managed support for Stackdriver Monitoring and Stackdriver Logging. When you create a GKE cluster, you can select one of the two support options:

  • Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring support.

  • Legacy Stackdriver support.

You also have the option to create a GKE cluster without selecting and logging or monitoring support.

These options are provided by all GKE versions currently available for new clusters and for updates to existing clusters. For installation instructions, see Installing Monitoring and Logging support.

Which monitoring and logging option should I use?

You can use the default Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring or opt-in to use Legacy Stackdriver. Both options are generally available as of GKE version 1.12.7. Here are some issues to consider:

  • Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring is the default option, starting with GKE version 1.14.

  • Legacy Stackdriver is also a generally available option; however, it lacks features and improvements present in Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring.

  • Only Legacy Stackdriver lets you disable Stackdriver Logging while still using Stackdriver Monitoring.

About Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring

Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring, the replacement for Legacy Stackdriver, is designed to monitor GKE clusters. It manages Monitoring and Logging services together and features a Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring interface that provides a dashboard customized for GKE clusters:

  • In the summary pane, you can view a cluster's key metrics, such as CPU utilization, memory utilization, and the number of open incidents.

  • You can view clusters by their infrastructure, workloads, or services.

  • You can inspect namespaces, nodes, workloads, services, pods, and containers.

  • For pods and containers, you can view metrics as a function of time and view log entries using the Logs Viewer.

Selecting your Stackdriver support for GKE

If you are using Legacy Stackdriver, then you must switch to Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring before support for Legacy Stackdriver is removed. The approximate timeline is given in the following table:

GKE version Legacy Stackdriver Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring
1.10 – 1.12.5 Default Opt-in (Beta)
1.12.7 Default Optional
1.13 Default Optional
1.14 Optional Default
1.15 Not Available Default


For general information on costs associated metrics and logs, see the Pricing page. For detailed information on costs associated with metrics, see Monitoring details.

Stackdriver Kubernetes Engine Monitoring how-to guides

Legacy Stackdriver how-to guides

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