QRadar apps use Supervisor to manage processes, which allows developers to provide configuration files to define how processes in apps should run.

Supervisor use cases

Use Supervisor if your app requires background processes that are not exposed outside of the container. For example, a PostgreSQL database that runs in the app container, or a background script that processes app data in an asynchronous manner.

Supervisor and named services

A named service allows apps to register a service that other apps and the QRadar UI can use. Named service definitions provide the ability to specify a command to execute. QRadar uses the named service definition to generate a Supervisor configuration file.

Important: Do not use both named services and Supervisor configuration. If the process can be fully defined by a named service, use the named service definition instead of an additional Supervisor configuration.

Supervisor overview

QRadar apps use Supervisor version 4.1.0.

QRadar apps have the following components of Supervisor installed:

  • The Supervisor server, called supervisord - this handles starting and managing processes.
  • The Supervisor command line, called supervisorctl - this provides a shell interface for interacting with Supervisor.

Providing a Supervisor configuration

Supervisor configuration is provided by creating .conf configuration files in the container/conf/supervisord.d directory. This container/conf/supervisord.d directory holds Supervisor configuration, and all configuration in this directory is copied into /etc/supervisord.d on startup. These configuration files are linked in to the QRadar app master Supervisor configuration using the include configuration option of Supervisor, allowing all configuration to be picked up and processed.

The configuration is then processed by Supervisor. Processes are started, configured, and continuously managed, allowing for automatic restarts if the process exits.

Any Supervisor configuration can be added to this directory, allowing flexiblity in how apps manage processes.


QRadar apps support any valid configuration of Supervisor, beyond running simple programs. Some simple examples of Supervisor configuration are provided here. To learn more about how to configure Supervisor, see the Supervisor documentation.

Please note these are only examples of the Supervisor configuration. They are not standalone, fully functional configurations. They require more configuration, dependencies, and code.

Running a PostgreSQL database

This example runs a PostgreSQL database:

command=postgres -D /opt/app-root/store/data

This example configures how standard out and error are handled, the working directory of the process, and handling startup and restart.

Running a background script

This example runs a bash script in the background to process data:

command=/bin/bash /opt/app-root/

This example configures how standard out and error are handled, the working directory of the process, and handling startup and restart.

Set Supervisord log level

This example does not run a program, but instead changes the Supervisord log level:


This example sets the Supervisord log level to debug.