Varnish Cache Plus

Real-time status (vmod-rtstatus)

Varnish 6.0


A vmod that lets you query your Varnish server for a JSON object containing counters.

Visiting the URL /rtstatus.json on the Varnish server will produce an application/json response of the following format:

    "uptime" : "0+16:12:58",
    "uptime_sec": 58378.00,
    "hitrate": 30.93,
    "load": 2.73,
    "varnish_version" : "[...]",
    "server_id": "[...]",
        { "server_name": "[...]", "happy": [...], "bereq_tot": [...], [...] },
    "[counter]": {"type": "[...]", "ident": "[...]", "descr": "[...]", "value": [...] },

It comes with a user interface in the form of a static web page that renders the JSON file at the URL /rtstatus.html.


In your VCL you can use this vmod along the following lines:

vcl 4.0;

import rtstatus;

sub vcl_recv {
    if (req.url == "/rtstatus.json" || req.url == "/rtstatus.html") {
        return (synth(200));

sub vcl_synth {
    if (req.url == "/rtstatus.json") {
	    return (deliver);
    if (req.url == "/rtstatus.html") {
	    return (deliver);


Varnish version: varnish version installed on your server.

Varnish uptime: child uptime.

Hit ratio: absolute hitrate ratio. It is evaluated as:

(n_hit) / (n_hit + n_miss)

Note that uptime is not taken into consideration for this counter.

Avg hitrate: average hitrate since uptime. It is evaluated as:

((n_hit) / (n_hit + n_miss)) / uptime

Avg load: average load since uptime. It is evaluated as:

n_requests / uptime

The list of counters is described in the varnish-counters(7) manual, and for convenience backend counters are grouped by backend in the be_info field.