Datadog Synthetics offers two different ways to monitor your applications: API tests to monitor the uptime of your API endpoints and browser tests to check key user journeys. Your tests can be run either from managed locations or from private locations. Synthetics helps you ensure uptime, identify regional issues, and make sure key web transactions can be performed on your application.
By unifying Synthetics with your metrics, traces, and logs, Datadog allows you to observe how all your systems are performing, as experienced by your users. The Synthetics homepage details all of this information to give you real-time status updates, response times, and uptimes.
The following guides show you how to set up your first Synthetics tests with Datadog. Follow the sections below to learn how to create a browser or API test and configure a test with a private location to monitor internal-facing applications or any private URLs.
If you haven’t already, create a Datadog account.
After you set up your first Synthetics test: