Datadog Metrics Sink

The Vector datadog_metrics sink batches metric events to Datadog's metrics service using HTTP API.


type = "datadog_metrics" # required
inputs = ["my-source-or-transform-id"] # required
api_key = "${DATADOG_API_KEY}" # required
healthcheck = true # optional, default
namespace = "service" # required
  • stringcommonrequired


    Datadog API key

    • No default
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  • tableoptional


    Configures the sink batching behavior.

    • uint (events)commonoptional


      The maximum size of a batch, in events, before it is flushed.

      • Default: 20 (events)
    • uint (seconds)commonoptional


      The maximum age of a batch before it is flushed.

      • Default: 1 (seconds)
  • boolcommonoptional


    Enables/disables the sink healthcheck upon start. See Health Checks for more info.

    • Default: true
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  • stringoptional


    Datadog endpoint to send metrics to.

    • Default: ""
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  • stringcommonrequired


    A prefix that will be added to all metric names.

    • No default
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  • tableoptional


    Configures the sink request behavior.

    • uint (requests)commonoptional


      The maximum number of in-flight requests allowed at any given time. See Rate Limits for more info.

      • Default: 5 (requests)
    • uint (seconds)commonoptional


      The time window, in seconds, used for the rate_limit_num option. See Rate Limits for more info.

      • Default: 1 (seconds)
    • uintcommonoptional


      The maximum number of requests allowed within the rate_limit_duration_secs time window. See Rate Limits for more info.

      • Default: 5
    • uintoptional


      The maximum number of retries to make for failed requests. The default, for all intents and purposes, represents an infinite number of retries. See Retry Policy for more info.

      • Default: 18446744073709552000
    • uint (seconds)optional


      The amount of time to wait before attempting the first retry for a failed request. Once, the first retry has failed the fibonacci sequence will be used to select future backoffs.

      • Default: 1 (seconds)
    • uint (seconds)optional


      The maximum amount of time, in seconds, to wait between retries.

      • Default: 10 (seconds)
    • uint (seconds)commonoptional


      The maximum time a request can take before being aborted. It is highly recommended that you do not lower value below the service's internal timeout, as this could create orphaned requests, pile on retries, and result in duplicate data downstream.

      • Default: 60 (seconds)

How It Works

Environment Variables

Environment variables are supported through all of Vector's configuration. Simply add ${MY_ENV_VAR} in your Vector configuration file and the variable will be replaced before being evaluated.

You can learn more in the Environment Variables section.

Health Checks

Health checks ensure that the downstream service is accessible and ready to accept data. This check is performed upon sink initialization. If the health check fails an error will be logged and Vector will proceed to start.

Require Health Checks

If you'd like to exit immediately upon a health check failure, you can pass the --require-healthy flag:

vector --config /etc/vector/vector.toml --require-healthy

Disable Health Checks

If you'd like to disable health checks for this sink you can set the healthcheck option to false.

Metric Types

Datadog accepts the following types for submission via API:

  • Count
  • Gauge
  • Rate

The following matrix outlines how Vector metric types are mapped into Datadog metrics types.

Vector MetricsDatadog Metrics
Gauge DeltaN/A
HistogramCount [*]

Rate Limits

Vector offers a few levers to control the rate and volume of requests to the downstream service. Start with the rate_limit_duration_secs and rate_limit_num options to ensure Vector does not exceed the specified number of requests in the specified window. You can further control the pace at which this window is saturated with the in_flight_limit option, which will guarantee no more than the specified number of requests are in-flight at any given time.

Please note, Vector's defaults are carefully chosen and it should be rare that you need to adjust these. If you found a good reason to do so please share it with the Vector team by opening an issue.

Retry Policy

Vector will retry failed requests (status == 429, >= 500, and != 501). Other responses will not be retried. You can control the number of retry attempts and backoff rate with the retry_attempts and retry_backoff_secs options.