The OpenTelemetry Collector, when configured with a Prometheus receiver, provides an integration with IBM MQ to ingest metrics. The Collector fetches metrics from the configured path in the IBM MQ configuration file and sends it to the Prometheus exporter. From there the metrics are received and processed by the Prometheus receiver and exported to Lightstep Observability.

To complete the integration, you will:

  • Configure IBM MQ to use the Prometheus exporter.
  • Configure the Collector to use the IBM MQ endpoint as a scrape target for the Prometheus receiver.
  • Enable the integration by adding it to a pipeline


  • A running instance of IBM MQ v8.0 or later
  • You’ve configured the Collector to export metric data to Lightstep Observability.

Configure IBM MQ reporting

You need to configure IBM MQ to use the Prometheus exporter.

The port for IBM MQ Prometheus monitoring (9157 by default) can be toggled with the environmental variable:


For more details about using IBM MQ with the Prometheus exporter, see the official IBM MQ documentation.

Configure the Collector receiver

In the Collector configuration file, configure the Prometheus receiver to use the IBM MQ endpoint as a scrape target.

    - job_name: 'ibmq-scraper'
      scrape_interval: 5s
      metrics_path: "/metrics"
      - targets: [":9157"]

The targets field must be the same as the default port for IBM MQ :9157.

The OpenTelemetry repo’s readme provides additional details about Prometheus receiver configuration.

Enable the Collector receiver

Once the IBM MQ receiver is configured, enable it by adding it to one or more pipelines as described in the Collector configuration documentation.

Validate metrics are reporting to Lightstep

You can validate that metrics are reporting to Lightstep on the Metrics details page in Project settings.

  1. In Lightstep, click Project settings > Metric details.

  2. Search for IBM MQ metric names. Search for metric

  3. If needed, click on the metric to edit the description and how the units are displayed in Lightstep.

Create a dashboard for the metrics

Use the Lightstep Terraform Provider to create a dashboard for the metrics.

Additional resources

For a more complete example that’s ready to run, see the IBM MQ integration in Lightstep OpenTelemetry Examples.