Datadog Synthetics is now available!

Kubernetes Host Setup

Installing the Agent directly on your host (rather than having the Agent run in a Pod) provides additional visibility into your ecosystem, independent of Kubernetes.

To gather your kube-state metrics:

  1. Download the Kube-State manifests folder.

  2. Apply them to your Kubernetes cluster:


Setup the kube-dns integration


Since Agent v6, Kubernetes DNS integration works automatically with the Autodiscovery.

Note: these metrics are unavailable for Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

Collect container logs

Available for Agent >6.0

Two installations are possible:

  • On the node where the Agent is external to the Docker environment
  • Deployed with its containerized version in the Docker environment

Take advantage of DaemonSets to automatically deploy the Datadog Agent on all your nodes. Otherwise follow the container log collection steps to start collecting logs from all your containers.

Further Reading

To get a better idea of how (or why) to integrate your Kubernetes service, see the related series of Datadog blog posts.