Dovecot v2.1+ Statistics

There are different “zoom levels” you may use to view the following statistics:

  • command: Per-IMAP command
  • session: Per IMAP/POP3 connection
  • user: Per user (all of user’s sessions summed up)
  • domain: Per domain (all of domain’s users summed up)
  • ip: Per IP address (all sessions from the IP summed up)

Basic Configuration

mail_plugins = $mail_plugins stats
protocol imap {
  mail_plugins = $mail_plugins imap_stats
plugin {
  # how often to session statistics
  stats_refresh = 30 secs
  # track per-IMAP command statistics
  stats_track_cmds = yes

You’ll also need to give enough permissions for mail processes to be able to write to stats-mail fifo. For example if you use a single “vmail” user for mail access:

service stats {
  fifo_listener stats-mail {
    user = vmail
    mode = 0600

Statistics gathered

Statistics gathered using the getrusage() system call:

  • user_cpu: User CPU (seconds.microseconds)
  • sys_cpu: System CPU (seconds.microseconds)
  • min_faults: Minor page faults (page reclaims)
  • maj_faults: Major page faults
  • vol_cs: Voluntary context switches
  • invol_cs: Involuntary context switches
  • disk_input: Number of bytes read from disk
  • disk_output: Number of bytes written to disk

The disk_input and disk_output attempt to count the actual read/write bytes to physical disk, so e.g. reads from OS’s cache aren’t counted. Note that not all operating systems and filesystem support this, instead they simply show these values always as 0.

Statistics gathered by Dovecot’s lib-storage internally:

  • lookup_path: Number of open() and stat() calls (i.e. “path lookups”)
  • lookup_attr: Number of stat() and fstat() calls
  • read_count: Number of read() calls for message data (e.g. index files not counted)
  • read_bytes: Number of message bytes read()
  • cache_hits: Number of cache hits from dovecot.index.cache file