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Metrics Summary


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

Metric panel

The metric panel displays key information for a given metric.

Metric name

The name of your metric in the metric explorer, dashboards, etc.

Number of distinct metrics

A metric can correspond to multiple distinct metrics depending on its associated tags. Learn more in the custom metrics documentation.


The total number of hosts reporting a metric along with a list of hosts.


The total number of tags attached to a metric along with a list of tags. Learn more in the tagging documentation.

Metrics metadata

The metadata attached to your metric. Most of the metadata can be edited on the metric summary page or with the Datadog API.

Metric description

The metric description helps you understand what a metric does. Descriptions are pre-populated for metrics coming from supported integrations. Use this field to update the descriptions for your custom metrics.

Metric unit

The unit for your metric (byte, second, request, query, etc.). See the metric unit page for more details.

When submitting custom metrics to Datadog, it is possible to change the unit of measurement that displays when hovering over the metric in your graph. Note: This does not change how a metric graph is displayed—it only changes 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).

Metric type

The type for your metric (gauge, rate, or count). See the metric type page for more details.

Warning: Editing the metric type changes that metric’s behavior for ALL your analytics and monitors.

Integration name

If the metric is coming from a supported integration, the metadata lists the integration name. This information cannot be edited.


The collection interval for the metric in seconds.

Further reading

Additional helpful documentation, links, and articles: