Learn Sensu

The Learn Sensu category includes tools to help you understand and start using Sensu, the industry-leading observability pipeline for multi-cloud monitoring, consolidating monitoring tools, and filling observability gaps at scale.


If you’re new to Sensu, start with a basic review of terminology in the glossary of definitions for common Sensu terms. The glossary includes links to relevant reference documentation for more in-depth information.

PRO TIP: To visualize how Sensu concepts work together in our observability pipeline, take the tour — follow the Next buttons on each page.

Interactive tutorials

Discover what you can do with Sensu in our interactive tutorials, which you can use to learn Sensu right in your browser. The tutorials demonstrate how to deploy a Sensu stack, log in to the Sensu web UI, create observability events, add Sensu assets and create event filters and handlers, and use Sensu to send incident alerts to services like Slack and PagerDuty or to monitor a local Nginx service.

Live demo

Explore a live demo of the Sensu web UI: view the Entities page to see what Sensu is monitoring, the Events page to see the latest observability events, and the Checks page to see active service and metric checks. The live demo also gives you a chance to try commands with sensuctl, the Sensu command line tool.

Sensu sandbox

For further learning opportunities, download the Sensu sandbox. Follow the sandbox lessons to build your first monitoring and observability workflow and collect Prometheus metrics with a Sensu check plugin.

We also have a GitHub lesson that guides you through deploying a Sensu cluster and example application into Kubernetes, plus a configuration that allows you to reuse Nagios-style monitoring checks to monitor the example application with a Sensu sidecar.