Integration assets reference
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Configuration file

When preparing a new integration, you must include an example configuration that contains the necessary options and reasonable defaults. The example configuration file, which in this case is located at <CHECK_NAME>/datadog_checks/<CHECK_NAME>/data/conf.yaml.example, has two top-level elements: init_config and instances. The configuration under init_config is applied to the integration globally, and is used in every instantiation of the integration, whereas anything within instances is specific to a given instantiation.

Configuration blocks in either section take the following form:

## @<COMMAND> [- <ARGS>]

Configuration blocks follow a few guidelines:

  • Description must not be empty
  • Placeholders should always follow this format: <THIS_IS_A_PLACEHOLDER>, as per the documentation contributing guidelines:
  • All required parameters are not commented by default.
  • All optional parameters are commented by default.
  • If a placeholder has a default value for an integration (like the status endpoint of an integration), it can be used instead of a generic placeholder.

@param specification

Practically speaking, the only command is @param, which is used to describe configuration blocks—primarily for documentation purposes. @param is implemented using one of the following forms:

@param <name> - <type> - required
@param <name> - <type> - optional
@param <name> - <type> - optional - default: <defval>


  • name: the name of the parameter, e.g. search_string (mandatory).
  • type: the data type for the parameter value (mandatory). Possible values:
    • boolean
    • string
    • integer
    • double
    • float
    • dictionary
    • list*
    • object
  • defval: default value for the parameter; can be empty (optional).

list and object variables span over multiple lines and have special rules.

  • In a list, individual elements are not documented with the @param specification
  • In an object you can choose to either document elements individually with the @param specification or to have a common top-level description following the specification of the object itself.

Optional parameters

An optional parameter must be commented by default. Before every line the parameter spans on, add # with the same indentation as the @param specification.

Block comments

You can add a block comment anywhere in the configuration file with the following rules:

  • Comments start with ##
  • Comments should be indented like any variable (the hyphen doesn’t count)

For more information about YAML syntax, see Wikipedia. Feel free to play around with the Online YAML Parser, too!

Manifest file

Every integration contains a manifest.json file that describes operating parameters, positioning within the greater Datadog integration eco-system, and other such items.

The complete list of mandatory and optional attributes for the manifest.json file:

integration_idStringMandatoryThe unique identifying name of this integration. Usually kebab case of the Display Name
categoriesArray of StringMandatoryIntegration categories used on the public documentation integrations page.
creates_eventsBooleanMandatoryIf the integration should be able to create events. If this is set to false, attempting to create an event from the integration results in an error.
display_nameStringMandatoryTitle displayed on the corresponding integration tile in the Datadog application and on the public documentation integrations page
guidStringMandatoryUnique ID for the integration. Generate a UUID
is_publicBooleanMandatoryIf set to false the integration content is not indexed by bots in the Datadog public documentation.
maintainerStringMandatoryEmail of the owner of the integration.
manifest_versionStringMandatoryVersion of the current manifest.
nameStringMandatoryUnique name for the integration. Use the folder name for this parameter.
public_titleStringMandatoryTitle of the integration displayed on the documentation. Should follow the following format: Datadog-<INTEGRATION_NAME> integration.
short_descriptionStringMandatoryThis text appears at the top of the integration tile as well as the integration’s rollover text on the integrations page. Maximum 80 characters.
supportStringMandatoryOwner of the integration.
supported_osArray of StringMandatoryList of supported OSs. Choose among linux,mac_os, and windows.
typeStringMandatoryType of the integration, should be set to check.
aliasesArray of StringOptionalA list of URL aliases for the Datadog documentation.
descriptionStringOptionalThis text appears when sharing an integration documentation link.
is_betaBooleanOptionalDefault false. If set to true the integration content is not displayed in the Datadog public documentation.
metric_to_checkStringOptionalThe presence of this metric determines if this integration is working properly. If this metric is not being reported when this integration is installed, the integration is marked as broken in the Datadog application.
metric_prefixStringOptionalThe namespace for this integration’s metrics. Every metric reported by this integration will be prepended with this value.
process_signaturesArray of StringOptionalA list of signatures that matches the command line of this integration.
assetsDictionaryMandatoryRelative location of where certain asset files live and their respective names.
assets-> dashboardsDictionaryMandatoryDictionary where the key is the name of the dashboard (must be globally unique across integrations) and the value is the relative file path where the dashboard definition lives.
assets-> monitorsDictionaryMandatoryDictionary where the key is the name of the monitor (must be globally unique across integrations) and the value is the relative file path where the dashboard definition lives.
assets-> service_checksStringMandatoryRelative location of where the service_checks.json file lives.

Metrics metadata file

The metadata.csv file describes all of the metrics that can be collected by the integration.

Descriptions of each column of the metadata.csv file:

Column nameMandatory/OptionalDescription
metric_nameMandatoryName of the metric.
metric_typeMandatoryType of the metric.
intervalOptionalCollection interval of the metric in second.
unit_nameOptionalUnit of the metric. Complete list of supported units.
per_unit_nameOptionalIf there is a unit sub-division, i.e request per second
descriptionOptionalDescription of the metric.
orientationMandatorySet to 1 if the metric should go up, i.e myapp.turnover. Set to 0 if the metric variations are irrelevant. Set to -1 if the metric should go down, i.e myapp.latency.
integrationMandatoryName of the integration that emits the metric. Must be the normalized version of the display_name from the manifest.json file. Any character besides letters, underscores, dashes and numbers are converted to underscores. E.g. Openstack Controller -> openstack_controllerand ASP.NET -> asp_net and CRI-o -> cri-o.
short_nameMandatoryExplicit Unique ID for the metric.

Service check file

The service_check.json file describes the service checks made by the integration.

The service_checks.json file contains the following mandatory attributes:

agent_versionMinimum Agent version supported.
integrationThe name of the integration that emits this service check. Must be the non-normalized display_name from manifest.json.
checkName of the Service Check. It must be unique.
statusesList of different status of the check, to choose among ok, warning, and critical. unknown is also a possibility.
groupsTags sent with the Service Check.
nameDisplayed name of the Service Check. The displayed name must be self-explanatory and unique across all integrations.
descriptionDescription of the Service Check