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Datadog-Amazon CloudFormation

AWS CloudFormation gives you templates to describe, configure, and provision all of the AWS resources in your environment at once. The Datadog-AWS CloudFormation Resources allow you to interact with the supported Datadog resources. To get started:

  1. In your terminal, use the aws-cli tool to register a Datadog resource.

    aws cloudformation register-type \
        --region "<REGION>" \
        --type RESOURCE \
        --type-name "<DATADOG_RESOURCE_NAME>" \
        --schema-handler-package "<LINK_TO_S3>"
  2. View the version of the newly registered resource by running the following in your terminal:

    aws cloudformation list-type-versions \
    --region "<REGION>" \
    --type RESOURCE \
    --type-name "<DATADOG_RESOURCE_NAME>"
  3. Set this newly registered version as the default by running the following in your terminal:

    aws cloudformation set-type-default-version \
        --region "<REGION>" \
        --type RESOURCE \
        --version-id <VERSION_ID> \
        --type-name "<DATADOG_RESOURCE_NAME>"

    With the following required placeholders:

    • <REGION>: Your AWS region.
    • <DATADOG_RESOURCE_NAME>: The name of the resource to register, refer to the table below to see the Datadog supported resources.
    • <LINK_TO_S3>: S3 link to the resource.
      • S3 link: s3://datadog-cloudformation-resources/<RESOURCE_FOLDER>/<RESOURCE_FOLDER>-<RESOURCE_VERSION>.zip
      • See the Resources Available section, which links to examples of the latest supported S3 links.
    • VERSION_ID: The underlying version of the resource as returned by the command in step 2.
  4. In your AWS account, create your AWS stack that includes any of the registered Datadog resources.

For more information about the available commands and workflows, see the the official AWS documentation.

Resources available

The following Datadog resources can be registered within your AWS account, refer to their specific documentation to see how to configure them:

ResourceNameDescriptionFolderResource Link
Datadog-AWS integrationDatadog::Integrations::AWSManage your Datadog-Amazon Web Service integrationdatadog-integrations-awsDownload
MonitorsDatadog::Monitors::MonitorCreate, update, and delete Datadog monitors.datadog-monitors-monitorDownload
DowntimesDatadog::Monitors::DowntimeEnable or Disable downtimes for your monitors.datadog-monitors-downtimeDownload
UserDatadog::IAM::UserCreate and manage Datadog users.datadog-iam-userDownload


The Datadog/datadog-cloudformation-resources repository contains:

  • All resources currently implemented for AWS CloudFormation.
  • A package with common functionality shared among the Resources - datadog-cloudformation-common


To set up the Datadog-AWS CloudFormation provider, follow the instructions below:

  1. Build datadog-api-client-java:

    git clone
    cd datadog-api-client-java
    # This installs the client into ~/.m2/repository
    mvn install -Dmaven.test.skip=true
  2. Build datadog-cloudformation-common: ​

    # This installs the common package into ~/.m2/repository
    mvn -f datadog-cloudformation-common/pom.xml -Dmaven.test.skip=true install
  3. Install cfn-cli.

Run tests

  1. Follow the steps in Setup.
  2. cd into the directory of the resource to be tested.
  3. Run mvn test inside the directory to run the test suite for that resource.

Note: the tests use DD_TEST_CF_API_KEY, DD_TEST_CF_APP_KEY and optionally also DD_TEST_CF_API_URL from environment variables.

Development Tips

  • The Create and Update handlers of your resource should call the Read handler (when the create/update is successful) to return a fully populated model.
  • On failure, a handler should return an error message. A success does not return a message. For example: ​

    return ProgressEvent.<ResourceModel, CallbackContext>builder()
        .message("Failed to read monitor 12345")
  • Primary Identifiers should all be based on required fields. Having optional fields make up this property causes errors on stack creation. These will also be displayed when Fn:Ref is called on this resource.

  • Using the built in logger in the resource displays logs in CloudWatch to help debug any issues.


Need help? Contact Datadog support.