Template Variable Evaluation
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Template Variable Evaluation

In monitor notification messages, you can modify the output of template variables using the eval syntax, which enables several different mathematical operations and functions on template variables with a numerical value.


Evaluation operators allow you to perform basic arithmetic operations on a numerical template variable. The syntax uses the following format. Note: The expressions must be wrapped in quotation marks (").

{{eval "TEMPLATE_VARIABLE_NAME+1-2*3/4"}}

The following operators are supported:



The {{last_triggered_at_epoch}} template variable returns the UTC time when a monitor last triggered in milliseconds epoch format. Evaluation operators can be used to subtract 15 minutes (15*60*1000 milliseconds) with the following:

{{eval "last_triggered_at_epoch-15*60*1000"}}

This is useful for creating time-scoped links in your monitor notification message to other pages in Datadog or other workflow tools. For instance, use the evaluation operators on {{last_triggered_at_epoch}} to create a time-scoped link to the Datadog Log Explorer:

https://app.datadoghq.com/logs?from_ts={{eval "last_triggered_at_epoch-15*60*1000"}}&to_ts={{last_triggered_at_epoch}}&live=false


The value of a numerical template variable can be used as the input for evaluation functions to change the formatting of the template variable or perform a mathematical operation on the value. The syntax uses the following format. Note: The expressions must be wrapped in quotation marks (").

{{eval "function(TEMPLATE_VARIABLE_NAME)"}}

The following functions change how the value of a numerical template variable is formatted:

humanize_bytes(var)Returns a human readable formatting of var bytes
humanize_bits(var)Returns a human readable formatting of var bits
abs(var)Returns the absolute value of var
int(var)Returns var as an integer
float(var)Returns var as a float
trunc(var)Returns var as an integer, an alias of the int function
dec(var)Returns the numbers to the right of the decimal point, for example if var = 12.345 then dec(var) returns 0.345.

The following functions use the value of a numerical template variable as the input to a mathematical function:

round(var)Returns var rounded to the nearest integer
ceil(var)Returns the ceiling of var (the smallest integer that is greater than or equal to var)
floor(var)Returns the floor of var (the largest integer that is less than or equal to var)
sgn(var)Returns the value of the sign function evaluated at var:
sgn(var) = 1 if var > 0
sgn(var) = 0 if var = 0
sgn(var) = -1 if var < 0
to_bool(var)Returns true if var = 1
Returns false if var = 0
exp(var)Returns e (the base of the natural logarithm) raised to the power of var
log10(var)Returns the base-10 logarithm of var
sin(var)Returns the sine of var radians
sinh(var)Returns the hyperbolic sine of var
asin(var)Returns the arc sine of var, in radians
asinh(var)Returns the inverse hyperbolic sine of var
cos(var)Returns the cosine of var radians
cosh(var)Returns the hyperbolic cosine of var
acos(var)Returns the arc cosine of var, in radians
acosh(var)Returns the inverse hyperbolic cosine of var
tan(var)Returns the tangent of var radians
tanh(var)Returns the hyperbolic tangent of var
atan(var)Returns the arc tangent of var, in radians
atan2(var1, var2)Returns atan(var1 / var2), in radians
atanh(var)Returns the inverse hyperbolic tangent of var


If the decimal places of the {{value}} template variable are unnecessary for your particular use case, use the int function to evaluate {{value}} as an integer to improve readability and remove the decimals:

{{eval "int(value)"}}

If {{value}} is evaluating to a large number of bytes or bits, use the humanize_bytes or humanize_bits function to convert the number to a different higher order memory unit like GB or MB to improve readability:

{{eval "humanize_bytes(value)"}}

{{eval "humanize_bits(value)"}}