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Metrics Summary

The Metrics Summary page displays a list of all the metrics reported to Datadog under a specified time frame: the past hour, day, or week. This list can be filtered by name. Clicking on a metric brings up a panel with more detailed information.

Metric panel

The metric panel displays an overview for a given metric:

Key information about your metric can be seen:

  • Metric name: The name of your metric in the metric explorer, dashboard widgets, etc.
  • Number of distinct metrics: A metric name can correspond to multiple distinct metrics depending on its associated tags. Consult the custom metrics documentation to learn more.
  • Number of hosts: The total number of hosts reporting this metric.
  • Number of tags: The total number of tags attached to this metric. Read more about tagging and assigning tags.
  • Metrics metadata: All metadata attached to your metric:

Metric metadata

Every piece of metric metadata can be manually edited:

Edit the metric description

Editing the metric description can help you understand what a metric does. If a metric is coming from an integration and you notice a wrong description, open an issue in the Datadog documentation GitHub repository.

Edit the metric unit or add a custom unit

When submitting custom metrics to Datadog, it is possible to change the unit of measurement which shows up when hovering over a certain metric in your graph. Do this by selecting your custom metric from the list and then selecting the unit of measurement you would like to use as depicted below:

Note: This does not change how a metric graph is displayed (only the units of measurement that raw values are considered as when hovering over a metric). Formatting is automatically applied for readability, for example bytes (B) may be displayed as kibibytes (KiB).

Edit the metric type

Editing the metric type can help you match the real metric type send. Warning: This changes your metric behavior in ALL your analytics and monitors; do this at your own risk.

Further reading

Additional helpful documentation, links, and articles: