Tags in IRONdb are represented as category:value pairs that are separated by the colon (:) character. Legal characters in an IRONdb tag category are defined by (perl RE syntax):

perl -e '$valid = qr/[`+A-Za-z0-9!@#\$%^&"'\/\?\._-]/;

Tag values allow all of the above characters plus colon (:) and equals (=).

Any tag characters that do not fall into this set can still be ingested if they are base64 encoded and passed in a special wrapper format. More on this below.

Tags are ingested into IRONdb by placing the tags after the metric name with a tag separator character sequence: |ST and enclosed in square brackets []. Commas separate each tag.



Tags (including category and value) are limited to 256 characters for each tag.

Tags that contain characters outside of the acceptable set can be ingested by base64 encoding. To store a metric like:


Where tilde ~, parens (), and greater/less <> are outside of the character set you would encode the category and value separately as base64 and enclose them in b"". For example:


It is always safe to encode all incoming tags in this way, the server will decide if the name is safely representable without encoding and store the metric name decoded if it can.

Note that this encoding also applies to tag searches if the search uses an unsupported character See Searching Tags

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