Docker Agent
Datadog's Research Report: The State of Serverless Report: The State of Serverless

Docker Agent


The Datadog Docker Agent is the containerized version of the host Agent. The official Docker image is available on Docker Hub.

Images are available for 64-bit x86 and Arm v8 architectures.


If you haven’t installed the Docker Agent, see below or the in-app installation instructions. See the Agent documentation for supported versions.


Use the one-step install command. Replace <YOUR_DATADOG_API_KEY> with your Datadog API key.

docker run -d -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro \
              -v /proc/:/host/proc/:ro \
              -v /sys/fs/cgroup/:/host/sys/fs/cgroup:ro \
              -e DD_API_KEY="<DATADOG_API_KEY>" \
docker run -d --name dd-agent -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro \
                              -v /proc/:/host/proc/:ro \
                              -v /cgroup/:/host/sys/fs/cgroup:ro \
                              -e DD_API_KEY="<DATADOG_API_KEY>" \

Note: For Docker Compose, see Compose and the Datadog Agent.


The Agent’s main configuration file is datadog.yaml. For the Docker Agent, datadog.yaml configuration options are passed in with environment variables.

Environment variables

Global options
Env VariableDescription
DD_API_KEYYour Datadog API key (required)
DD_HOSTNAMEHostname to use for metrics (if autodetection fails)
DD_TAGSHost tags separated by spaces. For example: simple-tag-0 tag-key-1:tag-value-1
DD_SITEDestination site for your metrics, traces, and logs. Valid options are for the Datadog US site, and for the Datadog EU site.
DD_DD_URLOptional setting to override the URL for metric submission.
DD_CHECK_RUNNERSThe Agent runs all checks concurrently by default (default value = 4 runners). To run the checks sequentially, set the value to 1. If you need to run a high number of checks (or slow checks) the collector-queue component might fall behind and fail the healthcheck. You can increase the number of runners to run checks in parallel.
Proxy Settings

Starting with Agent v6.4.0 (and v6.5.0 for the Trace Agent), you can override the Agent proxy settings with the following environment variables:

Env VariableDescription
DD_PROXY_HTTPAn HTTP URL to use as a proxy for http requests.
DD_PROXY_HTTPSAn HTTPS URL to use as a proxy for https requests.
DD_PROXY_NO_PROXYA space-separated list of URLs for which no proxy should be used.

For more information about proxy settings, see the Agent v6 Proxy documentation.

Optional collection Agents

Optional collection Agents are disabled by default for security or performance reasons. Use these environment variables to enable them:

Env VariableDescription
DD_APM_ENABLEDEnable trace collection with the Trace Agent.
DD_LOGS_ENABLEDEnable log collection with the Logs Agent.
DD_PROCESS_AGENT_ENABLEDEnable live process collection with the Process Agent. The live container view is already enabled by default if the Docker socket is available. If set to false, the live process collection and the live container view are disabled.
DogStatsD (custom metrics)

Send custom metrics with the StatsD protocol:

Env VariableDescription
DD_DOGSTATSD_NON_LOCAL_TRAFFICListen to DogStatsD packets from other containers (required to send custom metrics).
DD_HISTOGRAM_PERCENTILESThe histogram percentiles to compute (separated by spaces). The default is 0.95.
DD_HISTOGRAM_AGGREGATESThe histogram aggregates to compute (separated by spaces). The default is “max median avg count”.
DD_DOGSTATSD_SOCKETPath to the unix socket to listen to. Must be in a rw mounted volume.
DD_DOGSTATSD_ORIGIN_DETECTIONEnable container detection and tagging for unix socket metrics.
DD_DOGSTATSD_TAGSAdditional tags to append to all metrics, events, and service checks received by this DogStatsD server, for example: ["env:golden", "group:retrievers"].

Learn more about DogStatsD over Unix Domain Sockets.


Datadog automatically collects common tags from Docker, Kubernetes, ECS, Swarm, Mesos, Nomad, and Rancher. To extract even more tags, use the following options:

Env VariableDescription
DD_DOCKER_LABELS_AS_TAGSExtract Docker container labels
DD_DOCKER_ENV_AS_TAGSExtract Docker container environment variables
DD_COLLECT_EC2_TAGSExtract custom EC2 tags without using the AWS integration

The map key is the source (label/envvar) name, and the map value is the Datadog tag name, for example:


Additional examples are available on the Tag Assignment and Extraction page.

Using secret files

Integration credentials can be stored in Docker or Kubernetes secrets and used in Autodiscovery templates. For more information, see the Secrets Management documentation.

Ignore containers

Exclude containers from logs collection, metrics collection, and Autodiscovery. Datadog excludes Kubernetes and OpenShift pause containers by default.

Env VariableDescription
DD_AC_INCLUDEWhitelist of containers to include (separated by spaces). Use .* to include all. For example: "image:image_name_1 image:image_name_2", image:.*
DD_AC_EXCLUDEBlacklist of containers to exclude (separated by spaces). Use .* to exclude all. For example: "image:image_name_3 image:image_name_4" (Note: This variable is only honored for Autodiscovery.), image:.*

Additional examples are available on the Container Discover Management page.

Note: The docker.containers.running, .stopped, and metrics are not affected by these settings. All containers are counted. This does not affect your per-container billing.

Env VariableDescription
DD_PROCESS_AGENT_CONTAINER_SOURCEOverrides container source auto-detection to force a single source. e.g "docker", "ecs_fargate", "kubelet"
DD_HEALTH_PORTSet this to 5555 to expose the Agent health check at port 5555.

Note: If you are using the containerd runtime, set DD_PROCESS_AGENT_CONTAINER_SOURCE="kubelet" in order to see your containers on the containers page.

You can add extra listeners and config providers using the DD_EXTRA_LISTENERS and DD_EXTRA_CONFIG_PROVIDERS environment variables. They are added in addition to the variables defined in the listeners and config_providers section of the datadog.yaml configuration file.


Run the Docker Agent’s status command to verify installation.


These commands are run on the host.

StartUse the installation command.
Stopdocker exec -it <CONTAINER_NAME> agent stop
RestartUse the installation command.
Statusdocker exec -it <CONTAINER_NAME> agent status

Data collected


By default, the Docker Agent collects metrics with the following core checks. To collect metrics from other technologies, see the Integrations section.

File HandleSystem


The Docker Agent sends events to Datadog when an Agent is started or restarted.

Service checks

Returns CRITICAL if the Agent is unable to connect to Datadog, otherwise returns OK.

Returns CRITICAL if an Agent check is unable to send metrics to Datadog, otherwise returns OK.


The Docker integration sends metrics automatically with the Docker Agent. To configure other integrations, use Autodiscovery or mounting.


Autodiscovery is enabled for the Docker Agent when using the one-step install by mounting /var/run/docker.sock.

To add integrations using Autodiscovery, see the Autodiscovery Integration Templates page.

Mounting conf.d

Your integration configuration files can be copied to /etc/datadog-agent/conf.d/ when starting the Docker Agent by mounting a /conf.d folder.

  1. Create a configuration folder on the host with your YAML files:

    mkdir /opt/datadog-agent-conf.d
    touch /opt/datadog-agent-conf.d/http_check.yaml
  2. When installing the Docker Agent, add -v /opt/datadog-agent-conf.d:/conf.d:ro, for example:

    docker run -d -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro \
                  -v /proc/:/host/proc/:ro \
                  -v /sys/fs/cgroup/:/host/sys/fs/cgroup:ro \
                  -v /opt/datadog-agent-conf.d:/conf.d:ro \
                  -e DD_API_KEY=<YOUR_DATADOG_API_KEY> \

When the container starts, all files on the host in /opt/datadog-agent-conf.d with a .yaml extension are copied to /etc/datadog-agent/conf.d/. Note: If you add new YAML files to /opt/datadog-agent-conf.d, restart the Docker Agent.

The same can be done for the /checks.d folder. Any Python files in the /checks.d folder are automatically copied to /etc/datadog-agent/checks.d/ when starting the Docker Agent.

Further Reading