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Basic Agent Usage for Amazon Linux


This page outlines the basic functionality of the Datadog Agent for Amazon linux.
If you haven’t installed the Agent yet, instructions can be found in the Datadog Agent integration page


The service manager provided by the operating system is responsible for the Agent lifecycle: depending on which one is installed, sudo service, sudo initctl or sudo systemctl should be used to start, stop or restart the Agent.
Other functionalities are provided by the Agent binary itself, globally available through the command datadog-agent: it’s the case for example of the status and flare commands.

Agent v5 Agent v6 Notes
sudo service datadog-agent start sudo service datadog-agent start Start Agent as a service
sudo service datadog-agent stop sudo service datadog-agent stop Stop Agent running as a service
sudo service datadog-agent restart sudo service datadog-agent restart Restart Agent running as a service
sudo service datadog-agent status sudo service datadog-agent status Status of Agent service
sudo service datadog-agent info sudo datadog-agent status Status page of running Agent
sudo service datadog-agent flare sudo datadog-agent flare Send flare
sudo service datadog-agent sudo datadog-agent --help Display command usage
sudo -u dd-agent -- dd-agent check <check_name> sudo -u dd-agent -- datadog-agent check <check_name> Run a check

NB: If service is not available on your system, use:

  • on upstart-based systems: sudo initctl start/stop/restart datadog-agent
  • on systemd-based systems: sudo systemctl start/stop/restart datadog-agent

Learn more about Service lifecycle commands


The configuration files and folders for for the Agent are located at:

Agent v5 Agent v6
/etc/dd-agent/datadog.conf /etc/datadog-agent/datadog.yaml

Configuration files for integrations:

Agent v5 Agent v6
/etc/dd-agent/conf.d/ /etc/datadog-agent/conf.d/


Run the info or status command to see the state of the Agent. The Agent logs are located in the /var/log/datadog/ directory:

  • For Agent v6 all logs are in the agent.log file
  • For Agent v5 logs are in:

    • datadog-supervisord.log
    • collector.log
    • dogstatsd.log
    • forwarder.log

If you’re still having trouble, our support team will be glad to provide further assistance.

Adding a custom python package to the Agent

The Python interpreter embedded with the Agent is located here:
/opt/datadog-agent/embedded/bin/python. The Agent also comes with pip; install python libraries using:

sudo -u dd-agent -- /opt/datadog-agent/embedded/bin/pip install <package_name>

Switch between Agent v5 and v6

Upgrade to Agent 6

A script is available to automatically install or upgrade the new Agent. It sets up the repos and installs the package for you; in case of upgrade, the import tool also searches for an existing datadog.conf from a prior version and converts Agent and checks configurations according to the new file format and filesystem layout.

One-step install

To Upgrade

The Agent 6.x installer can automatically convert your 5.x style Agent configuration at upgrade:

 DD_UPGRADE=true bash -c "$(curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/DataDog/datadog-agent/master/cmd/agent/install_script.sh)"

Note: the import process won’t automatically move custom Agent checks, this is by design since we cannot guarantee full backwards compatibility out of the box.

To Install Fresh

To install on a clean box (or have an existing Agent 5 install from which you do not wish to import the configuration) provide an api key:

 DD_API_KEY=YOUR_API_KEY bash -c "$(curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/DataDog/datadog-agent/master/cmd/agent/install_script.sh)"

Manual install

  1. Set up Datadog’s Yum repo on your system by creating /etc/yum.repos.d/datadog.repo with the contents:

    name = Datadog, Inc.
    baseurl = https://yum.datadoghq.com/stable/6/x86_64/
  2. Update your local yum repo and install the Agent:

    sudo yum makecache
    sudo yum install datadog-agent
  3. Copy the example config into place and plug in your API key:

    sudo sh -c "sed 's/api_key:.*/api_key: <YOUR_API_KEY>/' /etc/datadog-agent/datadog.yaml.example > /etc/datadog-agent/datadog.yaml"
  4. Re-start the Agent for Amazon linux 2.0:

    sudo systemctl restart datadog-agent.service
  5. Re-start the Agent for Amazon linux 1.0:

    sudo initctl start datadog-agent

Downgrade to Agent v5

  1. Set up apt so it can download through https

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
  2. Remove the Agent 6 repository and Ensure the stable repository is present

    sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/datadog.repo [ ! -f /etc/apt/sources.list.d/datadog.list ] &&  echo 'deb https://apt.datadoghq.com/ stable main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/datadog.list
    sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 382E94DE
  3. Update apt and downgrade the Agent

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get remove datadog-agent
    sudo apt-get install datadog-agent

Uninstall the Agent

To uninstall the Agent, run:

$ sudo apt-get --purge remove datadog-agent -y

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