RRD/JRB to Newts Migration Utility

Use this utility to migrate existing RRDTool- or JRobin-based data to a Newts cluster. The migration process traverses the ${OPENNMS_HOME}/share/rrd directory and its subdirectories, reads the data and properties files, and persists this data to Newts.


The following suggestions try to minimize the data collection gap that occurs when reconfiguring Horizon for a different storage strategy. First, we determine the parameters needed for migration of the existing data. After that, we reconfigure Horizon to persist all new collected data to Newts storage. Finally, we convert and persist the RRD- or JRobin-based data to Newts using the newts-repository-converter utility.


  • Working Horizon installation with RRDTool- or JRobin-based storage strategy configured.

  • Installed and working Newts cluster reachable by the Horizon instance.

Migration plan

  1. Check and write down the values for the following options in your opennms.properties file. You need this information later to invoke the newts-repository-converter utility.

    1. File ${OPENNMS_HOME}/etc/opennms.properties:

      • In org.opennms.rrd.storeByGroup, check if storeByGroup is enabled.

      • In rrd.base.dir, check for the location where RRD or JRB files are stored.

      • In rrd.binary, check for the location of the RRDTool binary.

    2. File ${OPENNMS_HOME}/etc/rrd-configuration.properties:

      • In org.opennms.rrd.strategyClass, check if JRobinRrdStrategy (JRobin) or JniRrdStrategy / MultithreadedJniRrdStrategy (RRDTool) is used.

  2. Stop your Horizon instance.

  3. Reconfigure Horizon to persist data to Newts, so that when correctly configured all new samples will be persisted into Newts after Horizon starts. Note that the converter assumes storeByForeignSource to be enabled.

  4. Start your Horizon instance.

  5. Use the newts-repository-converter utility to convert the existing data to Newts by specifying the options that correspond to the information gathered during step #1.

This procedure minimizes the data collection gap to the time needed to reconfigure Horizon for Newts storage.

The newts_converter utility needs the path to the base directory of your Horizon instance to read the configuration files. For example, the utility needs the datasource configuration during the migration process to query the database to look up node data.


The utility is installed by default and its wrapper script is located in the ${OPENNMS_HOME}/bin directory.

$ cd ${OPENNMS_HOME}/bin
$ ./newts-repository-converter
When invoked without parameters, the help information is printed.

The newts-repository-converter tool accepts the following parameters:

Short option Long option Description Default




Whether RRDtool or JRobin was used prior to Newts. Available options:
rrdtool | rrd | true
jrobin | jrb | false



Whether store by group was enabled prior to Newts. Available options:
storeByMetric | sbm | false
storeByGroup | sbg | true




Prints help and use information.




Horizon home directory




The path to the RRD data




The binary path to the rrdtool command (used only if rrd-tool is set).




Number of conversion threads

Defaults to number of CPUs

Example 1: Convert RRD-based data with storeByGroup enabled

The following example shows how to convert RRDTool-based data that was stored with storeByGroup enabled. The default Horizon home and data directories are used and the RRDTool binary at /usr/local/bin/rrdtool is used. This program call uses 16 concurrent threads to convert the RRD files.

$ ./newts-repository-converter -t true -s true -T /usr/local/bin/rrdtool -n 16

Example 2: Convert JRobin-based data with storeByGroup disabled

The following example shows how to convert JRobin-based data located in the directory /mnt/opennms/rrd that was collected with storeByGroup disabled. This program call uses eight concurrent threads to convert the JRB files.

$ ./newts-repository-converter -t false -s false -r /mnt/opennms/rrd -n 8