Datadog data source for Grafana

The Datadog data source for Grafana allows you to query and visualize Datadog metrics from within Grafana. With our hosted Datadog metrics service, you can also forward metrics directly from your Datadog agents.


The Datadog data source has the following requirements:

Known limitations

  • This data source does not support logs or traces from Datadog.

Install the data source plugin

To install the data source, refer to Installation.

Compatibility requirements

For this plugin, there are no compatibility requirements.

Verify that the plugin is installed

  1. In Grafana Enterprise from the left-hand menu, navigate to Configuration > Data sources.
  2. From the top-right corner, click the Add data source button.
  3. Search for Datadog in the search field, and hover over the Datadog search result.
  4. Click the Select button for Datadog.
    • If you can click the Select button, then it is installed.
    • If the button is missing or disabled, then the plugin is not installed. Check to see if your Grafana Enterprise license is valid, and reinstall the plugin. If you still need help, contact Grafana Labs.

Note: On Grafana Cloud, it can take up to 15 minutes to see the data source plugin within Grafana.

Choose if you want to host the Datadog metrics in Grafana Cloud

The Datadog data source plugin can work by being connected to Datadog (using an API key) or by sending the metrics from the Datadog agents. By being connected to Datadog using an API key, you are only hosting the metrics in Datadog but can face API rate limits. Using our hosted Datadog Metrics service solves this issue by storing data in Grafana Cloud.

The section below describes how to connect Datadog to Grafana. The page dedicated to hosted Datadog Metrics describes how to send data from your Datadog agents to Grafana.

Get an API key and application key from Datadog

  1. Go to
  2. Set up an API key and copy your application key.
  3. Add the API key to the Datadog plugin:

Get your Application Key by navigate to Teams -> Application Key and copying the desired KEY ID.

Configure the data source

To add a new Datadog data source, refer to Add a data source, and fill in the following fields:

Datadog settings

Field Description
Name A name for this particular Datadog data source.
API URL URL to the Datadog API. For example,
API Key API key from Datadog.
APP Key Application key from Datadog.
Cache Interval Caching is used to limit the number of API calls. The default cache period is 60 seconds.
Cache Size Caching is used to limit the size of API calls. The default cache size is 100 MB.
Show API rate limits Show Datadog API limits for each queried endpoint. To view the API rate limits, go to the Query Inspector > JSON tab, and set Select source to DataFrame structure
Disable Data links Check this to disable data links. Data links are the links that takes user to the datadog app when they interact with panels
Enable Basic Auth Use Basic authentication when calling the API URL. This is useful when using a proxy.

Configure the data source with provisioning

Configure the Datadog data source using configuration files with Grafana’s provisioning system. To learn more about how the provisioning system works, including all of the data source settings, refer to Provisioning Grafana.

Here is a provisioning example for this data source:

apiVersion: 1

  - name: DATADOG
    type: grafana-datadog-datasource
    access: proxy
    basicAuth: false
      api_key: API Key
      app_key: Application Key
      cacheInterval: 60
      cacheSize: 100
      logApiRateLimits: false
      disableDataLinks: false

Query the data source

The query editor allows you to query Datadog, get monitor status, get service-level objectives (SLOs), perform arithmetic, and alias the graph’s legend.


Get metric queries by setting QueryType to Query.

  • Select the metric or click the query edit button to type your metric
  • Select the aggregation type (default is average)
  • Optionally select one or more tags if you want to filter results with From and Group By
  • Optionally select the functions dropdown to select a Datadog function. These can be reordered and removed by clicking on them and clicking the arrows or x

Service-level objectives (SLOs)

Get SLOs by setting Query type to SLO. Select an objective from the list. The SLOs are populated from your Datadog account.


Use metric arithmetic by setting Query type to Arithmetic.

  • To perform an arithmetic operation, there must be at least one other query in the query editor.
  • The supported arithmetic operations are +, -, *, /, and ().
  • To refer to a metric, use # followed by the query’s name. For example, #A.
Expression example

#A * 2 doubles the result of query A.

#A / #B divides the results of query A by query B.

Aliasing the legend

You can use Alias By and Alias RegExp to change the text in the graph’s legend. For Alias By, use plain text, scoped variables listed as follows, or both.

Scoped variables for metics Replaced with
$__metric metric name
$__display_name metric name
$__expression full metric expression
$__aggr metric aggregation function (e.g. avg, max, min, sum)
$__scope metric scope (e.g. region, site, env, host)
Scoped variables for (SLOs) Replaced with
$__name name (same as what is selected in the Objective dropdown)
$__aggr aggregation function (e.g. avg, max, min, sum)
$__metric metric name
$__scope scope name
$__numerator metric used as the numerator in the SLO calculation
$__denominator metric used as the denominator in the SLO calculation

To use regular-expression aliasing, fill out Alias RegExp with a regular expressions to find matches that are separated by commas.


Display the monitors list and status information by setting Query type to Monitor. Alerts in Grafana are referred to as monitors in Datadog. For more information, refer to Monitors.

The following options are available:

  • Count by status, type, tags, or mute status
  • Monitors list

Count by: Display the count of monitors by status, type, tag, or mute status.

Monitors list: List all of the monitors and their corresponding states and other related details.

Query: For the Count by and Monitors list options, you can optionally specify the filter query. If you specify the filter query, the count or list will return only the monitors that match the query.

For more information about monitor queries, refer to QUERY.

Example queries:

  • status:(alert OR ok OR "no data" OR warn) lists the monitors with at least one of status alert, ok, no data, or warn.
  • status:(alert OR warn) type:metric "cassandra" lists the metric monitors with alert or warn status and also related to “cassandra”.
  • id:(7254197 OR 240232) displays only the status of monitors with ID 7254197 or 240232.

Note: For the Monitors list option, and due to API limits, only the top n monitors specified by the items per page setting are retrieved and displayed.

All the monitor queries will have data links to the datadog application. To disable the data links, check Disable Data links option in the config.

Templates and variables

To add a new Datadog query variable, refer to Add a query variable. Use your Datadog data source as your data source. The following queries are available:

Query Description
* Fetches the list of available metrics
tag Returns all tag tags using the value tag
scope Returns all scope tags using the value scope
host Returns all host tags
device Returns all device tags
env Returns all env tags
region Returns all region tags
site Returns all site tags
status Returns all status tags
version Returns all version tags

For custom tag groups, enter the tag group name. For example, if your custom tag group name is subscription_name, then enter that in the Query field.

After you create a variable, you can it in your Datadog queries. For more information, refer to Variable syntax.

For more information about variables, refer Templates and variables.

Import a dashboard for Datadog

To import a dashboard, refer to Import a dashboard.

To find your imported dashboards, go to Configuration > Data sources.

To see the available pre-made dashboards, select the Datadog data source, and select the Dashboards tab.

Ad-hoc filters

Grafana Enterprise type of template variable called Ad-hoc filters, which applies to all the Datadog queries in a dashboard. This filter acts as sa quick filter. An ad-hoc variable for Datadog fetches all the key-value pairs from tags, such as region:east or region:west, and uses them as query tags. To create this variable, select the Ad-hoc filters type and choose your Datadog data source. You can name this variable anything.

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