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Basic Agent Usage for Source Installation


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

By default, your Agent is installed in its own sandbox at ~/.datadog-agent. You’re free to move this folder wherever you like. However, this article assumes that the Agent is installed in its default location, so be sure to modify the instructions accordingly if you decide to move them.


Datadog Agent has some commands and only the lifecycle commands (i.e. start/stop/restart/status on the Agent) should be run with sudo.

Agent v5 Agent v6 Notes
sudo ~/.datadog-agent/bin/agent start sudo ./bin/agent/agent start Start Agent
sudo ~/.datadog-agent/bin/agent stop sudo ./bin/agent/agent stop Stop Agent
sudo ~/.datadog-agent/bin/agent info sudo ./bin/agent/agent info Status page of running Agent
sudo ~/.datadog-agent/bin/agent flare sudo ./bin/agent/agent flare Send flare
sudo ~/.datadog-agent/bin/agent help sudo ./bin/agent/agent help Display command usage


The configuration files and folders 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.

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