Cloud Foundry Setup Guide


Cloud Foundry deployments can send metrics and events to Datadog. You can track the health and availability of all nodes in a deployment, monitor the jobs they run, collect metrics from the Loggregator Firehose, and more. This page walks you through how to set up monitoring for your Cloud Foundry environment.

There are four main components for the Cloud Foundry integration with Datadog.

  • The Cloud Foundry Buildpack - used to collect custom metrics, logs, traces, and profiles from your Cloud Foundry applications.
  • The Agent BOSH Release - used to collect events and metrics from BOSH VMs and sends them to Datadog.
  • The Cluster Agent BOSH Release - used to collect cluster-level and application-level metadata from the CAPI and the BBS and container tags.
  • The Firehose Nozzle - collects all other metrics from the Loggregator Firehose in your infrastructure.

Read the Datadog VMware Tanzu Application Service architecture guide for more information.

Monitor your applications

Use the Datadog Cloud Foundry Buildpack to monitor your Cloud Foundry application. This is a Cloud Foundry supply buildpack that installs the Datadog Container Agent (a lightweight version of the Agent), Datadog Trace Agent for APM, and Datadog DogStatsD binary file in the container your app is running on.

  1. Download the latest Datadog buildpack release and upload it to your Cloud Foundry environment.

    cf create-buildpack datadog-cloudfoundry-buildpack ./
  2. Push your application, including both the Datadog buildpack and your regular buildpacks. The process to push your application with multiple buildpacks is described in Pushing an App with Multiple Buildpacks.

    cf push <YOUR_APP> --no-start -b binary_buildpack
    cf v3-push <YOUR_APP> -b datadog-cloudfoundry-buildpack -b <YOUR-BUILDPACK-1> -b <YOUR-FINAL-BUILDPACK>

    Note: If you were using a single buildpack before, it should be the last one loaded so it acts as a final buildpack. To learn more, see Cloud Foundry’s How Buildpacks Work.

Multi-Buildpack (deprecated)

The Datadog buildpack uses the Cloud Foundry Pushing an App with Multiple Buildpacks feature that was introduced in version 1.12.

For older versions, Cloud Foundry provides a backwards compatible version of this feature in the form of a multi-buildpack. You must install and configure this version to use Datadog’s buildpack.

  1. Download the latest multi-buildpack release and upload it to your Cloud Foundry environment.

    cf create-buildpack multi-buildpack ./ 99 --enable
  2. Add a multi-buildpack manifest to your application. As detailed in the usage section of the multi-buildpack repository, create a multi-buildpack.yml file at the root of your application and configure it for your environment. Add a link to the Datadog Cloud Foundry Buildpack and to your regular buildpack:

      - ""
      - "" # Replace this with your regular buildpack

    The URLs for the Datadog Buildpack are:


    Do not use the latest version here (replace x.y.z with the specific version you want to use).

    Note: Your regular buildpack should be the last one listed in the manifest. To learn more, see Cloud Foundry’s How Buildpacks Work.

  3. Push your application with the multi-buildpack. Ensure that the multi-buildpack is the buildpack selected by Cloud Foundry for your application:

    cf push <YOUR_APP> -b multi-buildpack

Meta-Buildpack (deprecated)

If you are a meta-buildpack user, Datadog’s buildpack can be used as a decorator out of the box.

Note: Cloud Foundry has deprecated the meta-buildpack in favor of the multi-buildpack.

Monitor your Cloud Foundry cluster

There are three points of integration with Datadog, each of which achieves a different goal:

  • Datadog Agent BOSH release - Install the Datadog Agent on every node in your deployment to track system, network, and disk metrics. Enable any other Agent checks you wish.
  • Datadog Cluster Agent BOSH release - Deploy one Datadog Cluster Agent job. The job queries the CAPI and BBS API to collect cluster-level and application-level metadata to provide improved tagging capabilities in your applications and containers.
  • Datadog Firehose Nozzle - Deploy one or more Datadog Firehose Nozzle jobs. The jobs tap into your deployment’s Loggregator Firehose and send all non-container metrics to Datadog.
These integrations are meant for Cloud Foundry deployment administrators, not end users.


You must have a working Cloud Foundry deployment and access to the BOSH Director that manages it. You also need BOSH CLI to deploy each integration. You may use either major version of the CLI – v1 or v2.

Install the Datadog Agent BOSH release

Datadog provides tarballs of the Datadog Agent packaged as a BOSH release. Upload the latest release to your BOSH Director and then install it on every node in your deployment as an addon (the same way a Director deploys the BOSH Agent to all nodes).

Upload Datadog’s release to your BOSH Director

bosh upload release
bosh upload-release -e <BOSH_ENV>

If you’d like to create your own release, see the Datadog Agent BOSH Release repository.

Configure the Agent as an addon in your BOSH Director

Add the following to your BOSH Director’s runtime configuration file (runtime.yml):

  - name: datadog-agent
    version: <VERSION_YOU_UPLOADED> # specify the real version (x.y.z not 'latest')
- name: datadog
  - name: dd-agent
    release: datadog-agent
      use_dogstatsd: true
      dogstatsd_port: 18125       # Many CF deployments have a StatsD already on port 8125
      api_key: <DATADOG_API_KEY>
      tags: ["<KEY:VALUE>"]       # any tags you wish
      generate_processes: true    # to enable the process check

To see which datadog-agent release version was uploaded earlier, run bosh releases.

Load the runtime.yml

Check if you have a previously configured runtime-config by running:

`bosh runtime-config`
bosh -e <BOSH_ENV> runtime-config

In BOSH v2, if the runtime.yml file is empty, you should see the response: No runtime config.

Enable extra Agent checks

For each extra Agent check to enable across your deployment, add its configuration under the properties.dd.integrations key, for example:

                init_config: {}
                    directory: '.'
            #  init_config: {}

The configuration under each check name uses the same format as when configuring the check in its own file in the Agent’s conf.d directory.

Everything you configure in runtime.yml applies to every node. You cannot configure a check for a subset of nodes in your deployment.

To customize configuration for the default checks (system, network, disk, and NTP), see the full list of configuration options for the Datadog Agent BOSH release.

Sync the runtime configuration to the BOSH Director

bosh update runtime-config runtime.yml
bosh update-runtime-config -e <BOSH_ENV> runtime.yml

Redeploy your Cloud Foundry deployment

bosh deployment <YOUR_DEPLOYMENT_MANIFEST>.yml
bosh -n deploy --recreate
bosh -n -d <YOUR_DEPLOYMENT> -e <BOSH_ENV> deploy --recreate <YOUR_DEPLOYMENT_MANIFEST>.yml

Since runtime configuration applies globally, BOSH redeploys every node in your deployment. If you have more than one deployment, redeploy all deployments to install the Datadog Agent everywhere.

Verify the Agent is installed everywhere

To check if the Agent installations were successful, filter by cloudfoundry on the Host Map. The Datadog Agent BOSH release tags each host with cloudfoundry. Optionally, group hosts by any tag, such as bosh_job, as in the following screenshot:

The host map in Datadog with cloudfoundry entered in the Filter section and bosh_job in the Group section

Click on any host to zoom in, then click system within its hexagon to make sure Datadog is receiving system metrics:

The detail view for a host in the Datadog host map with the system integration selected and multiple graphs displaying data

Collect CAPI metadata and Cluster Agent tags in Cloud Foundry containers

For Datadog Agent versions 7.40.1 and later, you can collect CAPI metadata and Datadog Cluster Agent (DCA) tags from Cloud Foundry containers. Application labels and annotations are present in the application logs, metrics, and traces.

Install the Datadog Cluster Agent (DCA) BOSH release

The Datadog Cluster Agent BOSH release is a BOSH package for running the Datadog Cluster Agent on Cloud Foundry.

This package is to be used in conjunction with the Datadog Agent BOSH Release. It provides a BOSH link consumed by the Datadog Agent BOSH release to Autodiscover and schedule integrations for your apps, as well as improved tagging for application containers and process discovery. For more information, see the spec in GitHub.

Upload Datadog’s Cluster Agent release to your BOSH Director

bosh upload release
bosh upload-release -e <BOSH_ENV>


Use the example deploy manifest template below to deploy the Datadog Cluster Agent and expose it to the Datadog Agent. See the spec in GitHub for available properties.

- name: datadog-cluster-agent
  release: datadog-cluster-agent
      token: <TOKEN>  # 32 or more characters in length 
      bbs_poll_interval: 10
      warmup_duration: 5
      log_level: INFO
      bbs_ca_crt: <CA_CERTIFICATE>
      bbs_client_crt: <CLIENT_CERTIFICATE>
      bbs_client_key: <CLIENT_PRIVATE_KEY>
        - domain: <DNS_NAME (e.g. datadog-cluster-agent)>

Replace <TOKEN> with your Cluster Agent token.

Note: This creates a DNS alias for the Datadog Cluster Agent service which makes it addressable through a static alias. See Aliases to services in the BOSH documentation for more details on BOSH DNS aliases.

This DNS alias is specified in the cluster_agent.address job property of the Datadog Agent runtime configuration, as shown in the example template below:

- name: datadog-agent
  release: datadog-agent
      address: <DNS_NAME>

Integration configurations discovery

The Datadog Cluster Agent discovers integrations based on an AD_DATADOGHQ_COM environment variable set in your applications. This environment variable is a JSON object containing the Autodiscovery configuration templates for your application. The Datadog Cluster Agent can discover and render two types of configurations:

  1. Configurations for services bound to your application, whether they be user-provided or from a service broker.
  2. Configurations for services running inside your application, for example, a web-server.

The JSON object should be a dictionary associating a service name to its Autodiscovery template:

    "<SERVICE_NAME>": {
        "check_names": [<LIST_OF_INTEGRATION_NAMES_TO_CONFIGURE>],
        "init_configs": [<LIST_OF_INIT_CONFIGS>],
        "instances": [<LIST_OF_INSTANCES>],
        "variables": [<LIST_OF_VARIABLES_DEFINITIONS>]

For services bound to the application, the <SERVICE_NAME> should be the name of the service as it appears in the cf services command output. For services running inside the application, the <SERVICE_NAME> can be anything.

The variables key is used only for bound services to resolve template variables inside the configuration template, and must contain the JSON path of the desired value for the VCAP_SERVICES environment variable. You can inspect this with the cf env <APPLICATION_NAME> command.

Note: The Datadog Cluster Agent is only able to resolve credentials of services directly available in the VCAP_SERVICES environment variable for Autodiscovery.


This Autodiscovery configuration in the AD_DATADOGHQ_COM environment variable demonstrates a Cloud Foundry application running a web server bound to a PostgreSQL service:

    "web_server": {
        "check_names": ["http_check"],
        "init_configs": [{}],
        "instances": [
                "name": "My Nginx",
                "url": "http://%%host%%:%%port_p8080%%",
                "timeout": 1
    "postgres-service-name": {
        "check_names": ["postgres"],
        "init_configs": [{}],
        "instances": [
                "host": "%%host%%",
                "port": 5432,
                "username": "%%username%%",
                "dbname": "%%dbname%%",
                "password": "%%password%%"
        "variables": {
            "host": "$",
            "username": "$.credentials.Username",
            "password": "$.credentials.Password",
            "dbname": "$.credentials.database_name"

This example demonstrates the accompanying VCAP_SERVICES environment variable:

    "my-postgres-service": [
            "credentials": {
                Password: "1234",
                Username: "User1234",
                host: "",
                database_name: "my_db",
            "name": "postgres-service-name",

In the example above, the first item web_server is a configuration for a service running inside the application. There are no variables, and it uses the %%host%% and %%port%% template variables available through Autodiscovery.

The second item postgres-service-name is a configuration for a service bound to the application. To resolve the template variables, it uses the variables dictionary to define the values used in the instance configuration. This dictionary contains a JSONPath object indicating where to find the variable values for the service postgres-service-name defined in the VCAP_SERVICES environment variable.

See Cluster Checks for more information about Autodiscovery through the DCA.

Improve CCCache performance on cache miss

For Datadog Agent versions 7.40.1 and later, you can add more flags to increase control over the CCCache behavior and the number of API calls:

  • refresh_on_cache_miss to control cache miss behavior
  • Split advanced_tags into sidecars_tags and isolation_segments_tags

Improved tagging for application containers and process discovery

Once the two releases are linked, the Datadog Cluster Agent automatically provides cluster-level metadata, which the Node Agents attach as tags to their corresponding Cloud Foundry application containers.

Deploy the Datadog Firehose Nozzle

Datadog provides a BOSH release of the Datadog Firehose Nozzle. After uploading the release to your Director, add the Nozzle to an existing deployment, or create a new deployment that only includes the Nozzle. The following instructions assume you’re adding it to an existing Cloud Foundry deployment that has a working Loggregator Firehose.

Upload Datadog’s release to your BOSH Director

bosh upload release
bosh upload-release -e <BOSH_ENV>

If you’d like to create your own release, see the Datadog Firehose Nozzle release repository.

Configure a UAA client

In the manifest that contains your UAA configuration, add a new client for the Datadog Nozzle so that jobs can access the Firehose:

            access-token-validity: 1209600
            authorities: doppler.firehose,cloud_controller.admin_read_only
            authorized-grant-types: client_credentials
            override: true
            scope: doppler.firehose,cloud_controller.admin_read_only
            secret: <YOUR_SECRET>

Redeploy to add the user.

Add Firehose Nozzle jobs

Configure one or more Nozzle jobs in your main Cloud Foundry deployment manifest (cf-manifest.yml):

#- instances: 4
#  name: some_other_job
#  ...
# add more instances if one job cannot keep up with the Firehose
- instances: 1
  name: datadog_nozzle_z1
    # some network you've configured elsewhere in the manifest
    - name: cf1
  # some resource_pool you've configured elsewhere in the manifest
  resource_pool: small_z1
    - name: datadog-firehose-nozzle
      release: datadog-firehose-nozzle
      api_key: "<YOUR_DATADOG_API_KEY>"
      # seconds between flushes to Datadog. Default is 15.
      flush_duration_seconds: 15
      # do NOT append '/firehose' or even a trailing slash to the URL; 'ws://<host>:<port>' works
      # for example, ws://
      traffic_controller_url: "<LOGGREGATOR_URL>"
      # tags each firehose metric with 'deployment:<DEPLOYMENT_NAME>'
      deployment: "<DEPLOYMENT_NAME>"
      # can be anything (firehose streams data evenly to all jobs using the same subscription_id)
      subscription_id: datadog-nozzle
      # for development only
      # disable_access_control: true
      # for development only; enable if your UAA does not use a verifiable cert
      # insecure_ssl_skip_verify: true
      client: datadog-firehose-nozzle # client name you just configured
      client_secret: "<SECRET_YOU_JUST_CONFIGURED>"
      url: <UAA_URL> # for example,

To see all available configuration options, check the Datadog Firehose Nozzle repository.

In the same manifest, add the Datadog Nozzle release name and version:

    # - name: "<SOME_OTHER_RELEASE>"
    #   version: <x.y.z>
    # ...
    - name: datadog-firehose-nozzle
      version: '<VERSION_YOU_UPLOADED>' # specify the real version (x.y.z not 'latest')

To see which datadog-firehose-nozzle release version was uploaded earlier, run bosh releases.

Redeploy the deployment

bosh deployment cf-manifest.yml
bosh -n deploy --recreate
bosh -n -d cf-manifest -e <BOSH_ENV> deploy --recreate cf-manifest.yml

Verify the Firehose Nozzle is collecting data

In the Metrics Explorer, search for metrics beginning with cloudfoundry.nozzle.

The Metrics Explorer in Datadog with cloudfoundry.nozzle entered in the search bar

Control the application metadata prefix

You can enable or disable the application metadata prefix in the Firehose Nozzle app metrics.

The integration tile settings in Datadog with Enable Metadata App Metrics Prefix unchecked

Further reading

Additional helpful documentation, links, and articles: