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Query data to a text file, step by step

This article explains how to set up an environment to make the most of the Datadog API. At the end you should be able to understand how to pull or push events, metrics and monitors from our public API to a local file.

Prerequisite: Python and PIP installed on your localhost. If you are on Windows, see the Python documentation.

  1. Open a Terminal on your Mac (CMD prompt on Windows).
  2. Verify the directory: pwd (dir on Windows).
  3. Create a new folder: mkdir <NAME_OF_THE_FOLDER>.
  4. Enter the folder: cd <NAME_OF_THE_FOLDER>.
  5. Download the script to the folder created in step 3 and edit it:

    a. Replace <YOUR_DD_API_KEY> and <YOUR_DD_APP_KEY> with your Datadog API and APP keys.

    b. Replace system.cpu.idle with a metric you want to fetch. A list of your metrics is displayed in the Datadog Metric Summary page.

    c. Optionally, replace * with a host to filter the data. A list of your hosts is displayed in the Datadog Infrastructure List page.

    d. Optionally, change the time period to collect the data. The current setting is 3600 seconds (one hour). Note: If you run this too aggressively, you may hit the Datadog API limits.

    e. Save your file and confirm its location.

Once the above is complete:

  1. It is best practice to create a virtual environment to install Python packages into. One virtual environment manager is virtualenv.
  2. Create a new virtual environment in the directory you created earlier by running virtualenv venv.
  3. Activate the environment by running source venv/bin/activate (Mac/Linux) or > \path\to\env\Scripts\activate (Windows).
  4. Run pip install datadog to install the Datadog API package. This enables the Python file to interact with our API.
  5. In the terminal, run the script: python

If successful, you should see data in the terminal and a file created in your folder named out.txt.

To see additional examples, see our API documentation.

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