ICMP tests allow you to monitor the availability of your hosts and diagnose network communication issues. By asserting on the values received from one or more ICMP pings to your endpoint, Datadog can help detect connectivity issues, above-quota latency for round trip times, and unexpected changes in security firewall configuration. The tests can also track the number of network hops (TTL) required to connect to your host and view traceroute results to discover details on each network hop along the path.

ICMP tests can run from both managed and private locations depending on whether you want to trigger ICMP pings to your endpoints from outside or inside your network. You can run ICMP tests on a defined schedule, on demand, or from within your CI/CD pipelines.


After choosing to create an ICMP test, define your test’s request.

Define request

  1. Specify the Domain Name or IP address to run your test on.
  2. Select or deselect Track number of network hops (TTL). When selected, this option turns on a “traceroute” probe to discover all gateways along the path to the host destination.
  3. Select the Number of Pings to trigger per test session. By default, the number of pings is set to four. You can choose to decrease this number or increase it up to ten.
  4. Name your ICMP test.
  5. Add env Tags as well as any other tags to your ICMP test. You can then use these tags to filter through your Synthetic tests on the Synthetic Monitoring & Continuous Testing page.
Define ICMP request

Click Test URL to try out the request configuration. A response preview is displayed on the right side of your screen.

Define assertions

Assertions define what an expected test result is. After you click Test URL, basic assertions on latency, packet loss, and packet received are added. You must define at least one assertion for your test to monitor.

TypeAggregationOperatorValue Type
latencyavg, max, min, or stddev (aka jitter)is less than, is less than or equal,
is, is more than, is more than or equal
integer (ms)
packet loss-is less than, is less than or equal, is, is more than, is more than or equalpercentage (%)
packet received-is less than, is less than or equal, is, is more than, is more than or equalinteger
network hops-is less than, is less than or equal, is, is more than, is more than or equalinteger

You can create up to 20 assertions per API test by selecting New Assertion or by selecting the response preview directly:

Define assertions for your ICMP test to succeed or fail on

If a test does not contain an assertion on the response body, the body payload drops and returns an associated response time for the request within the timeout limit set by the Synthetics Worker.

If a test contains an assertion on the response body and the timeout limit is reached, an Assertions on the body/response cannot be run beyond this limit error appears.

Select locations

Select the Locations to run your ICMP test from. ICMP tests can run from both managed and private locations depending on your preference for triggering trigger the ICMP pings from outside or inside your network.

Datadog’s out-of-the-box managed locations allow you to test public-facing websites and endpoints from regions where your customers are located.

Canada Central (AWS)Hong Kong (AWS)Cape Town (AWS)
Northern California (AWS)Mumbai (AWS)Frankfurt (AWS)
Northern Virginia (AWS)Seoul (AWS)Ireland (AWS)
Ohio (AWS)Singapore (AWS)London (AWS)
Oregon (AWS)Sydney (AWS)Paris (AWS)
São Paulo (AWS)Tokyo (AWS)Stockholm (AWS)
Virginia (Azure)Osaka (AWS)Milan (AWS)
Jakarta (AWS)Bahrain (AWS)

The Datadog for Government site (US1-FED) uses the following managed location:


Specify test frequency

ICMP tests can run:

  • On a schedule to ensure your most important services are always accessible to your users. Select the frequency at which you want Datadog to run your ICMP test.
  • Within your CI/CD pipelines.
  • On-demand to run your tests whenever makes the most sense for your team.

Define alert conditions

Set alert conditions to determine the circumstances under which you want a test to fail and trigger an alert.

Alerting rule

When you set the alert conditions to: An alert is triggered if any assertion fails for X minutes from any n of N locations, an alert is triggered only if these two conditions are true:

  • At least one location was in failure (at least one assertion failed) during the last X minutes;
  • At one moment during the last X minutes, at least n locations were in failure.

Fast retry

Your test can trigger retries X times after Y ms in case of a failed test result. Customize the retry interval to suit your alerting sensibility.

Location uptime is computed on a per-evaluation basis (whether the last test result before evaluation was up or down). The total uptime is computed based on the configured alert conditions. Notifications sent are based on the total uptime.

Configure the test monitor

A notification is sent by your test based on the alerting conditions previously defined. Use this section to define how and what to message your team.

  1. Similar to how you configure monitors, select users and/or services that should receive notifications either by adding an @notification to the message or by searching for team members and connected integrations with the dropdown menu.

  2. Enter the notification message for your test. This field allows standard Markdown formatting and supports the following conditional variables:

    Conditional VariableDescription
    {{ #is_alert }}Show when the test alerts.
    {{ ^is_alert }}Show unless the test alerts.
    {{ #is_recovery }}Show when the test recovers from alert.
    {{ ^is_recovery }}Show unless the test recovers from alert.
    {{ #is_renotify }}Show when the monitor renotifies.
    {{ ^is_renotify }}Show unless the monitor renotifies.
    {{ #is_priority }}Show when the monitor matches priority (P1 to P5).
    {{ ^is_priority }}Show unless the monitor matches priority (P1 to P5).
  3. Specify how often you want your test to re-send the notification message in case of test failure. To prevent renotification on failing tests, leave the option as Never renotify if the monitor has not been resolved.

  4. Click Create to save your test configuration and monitor.

For more information, see Using Synthetic Test Monitors.


Create local variables

To create a local variable, click Create a Local Variable. You can select one of the following available builtins to add to your variable string:

{{ numeric(n) }}
Generates a numeric string with n digits.
{{ alphabetic(n) }}
Generates an alphabetic string with n letters.
{{ alphanumeric(n) }}
Generates an alphanumeric string with n characters.
{{ date(n unit, format) }}
Generates a date in one of Datadog’s accepted formats with a value corresponding to the UTC date the test is initiated at + or - n units.
{{ timestamp(n, unit) }}
Generates a timestamp in one of Datadog’s accepted units with a value corresponding to the UTC timestamp the test is initiated at +/- n units.
{{ uuid }}
Generates a version 4 universally unique identifier (UUID).

To obfuscate local variable values in test results, select Hide and obfuscate variable value. Once you have defined the variable string, click Add Variable.

Use variables

You can use the global variables defined on the Settings page in the URL and assertions of your ICMP tests.

To display your list of variables, type {{ in your desired field.

Test failure

A test is considered FAILED if it does not satisfy one or more assertions or if the request prematurely failed. In some cases, the test can fail without testing the assertions against the endpoint.

These reasons include the following:

DNS entry not found for the test URL. Possible causes include misconfigured test URL or the wrong configuration of your DNS entries.


By default, only users with the Datadog Admin and Datadog Standard roles can create, edit, and delete Synthetic ICMP tests. To get create, edit, and delete access to Synthetic ICMP tests, upgrade your user to one of those two default roles.

If you are using the custom role feature, add your user to any custom role that includes synthetics_read and synthetics_write permissions.

Restrict access

Access restriction is available for customers using custom roles on their accounts.

You can restrict access to an ICMP test based on the roles in your organization. When creating an ICMP test, choose which roles (in addition to your user) can read and write your test.

Set permissions for your test

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