Query Syntax

All search parameters are contained in the url of the page, which can be helpful for sharing your view.

Search syntax

A query is composed of terms and operators.

There are two types of terms:

To combine multiple terms into a complex query, use any of the following boolean operators:

ANDIntersection: both terms are in the selected events (if nothing is added, AND is taken by default)authentication AND failure
ORUnion: either terms is contained in the selected eventsauthentication OR password
-Exclusion: the following term is NOT in the eventauthentication AND -password

To search on a specific facet you must add it as a facet first then add @ to specify you are searching on a facet.

For instance, if your facet name is url and you want to filter on the url value www.datadoghq.com just enter:


Your traces inherit tags from hosts and integrations that generate them. They can be used in the search and as facets as well:

("env:prod" OR test)All traces with the tag #env:prod or the tag #test
(service:srvA OR service:srvB) or (service:(srvA OR srvB))All traces that contain tags #service:srvA or #service:srvB.
("env:prod" AND -"version:beta")All traces that contain #env:prod and that do not contain #version:beta

If your tags don’t follow tags best practices and don’t use the key:value syntax, use this search query:

  • tags:<MY_TAG>


To perform a multi-character wildcard search, use the * symbol as follows:

  • service:web* matches every trace that has a services starting with web
  • @url:data* matches every trace that has a url starting with data.

Numerical values

Use <,>, <=, or >= to perform a search on numerical attributes. For instance, retrieve all traces that have a response time over 100ms with:


It is also possible to search for numerical attributes within a specific range. For instance, retrieve all your 4xx errors with:

@http.status_code:[400 TO 499]


Typing a complex query can be cumbersome. Use the search bar’s autocomplete feature to complete your query using existing values:

search bar autocomplete

Escaping of special characters

The following attributes are considered as special: ?, >, <, :, =,", ~, /, and \ require escaping. For instance, to search traces that contain user=JaneDoe in their url the following search must be entered:


The same logic must be applied to spaces within trace attributes. It is not recommended to have spaces in trace attributes but in such cases, spaces require escaping. If an attribute is called user.first name, perform a search on this attribute by escaping the space:

@user.first\ name:myvalue

Saved searches

Don’t lose time building the same views everyday. Saved searches contain your search query, columns, and time horizon. They are then available in the search bar thanks to the auto-complete matching whether the search name or query.

Saved Search

To delete a saved search, click on the bin icon under the Trace search dropdown menu.

Time range

The time range allows you to display traces within a given time period. Quickly change the time range by selecting a preset range from the dropdown menu (or entering a custom time frame):

Select time frame

Trace stream

The Trace Stream is the list of traces that match the selected context. A context is defined by a search bar filter and a time range.

Displaying a full trace

Click on any trace to see more details about it:

Trace in tracestream


To add more Trace details to the list, click the Options button and select any Facets you want to see:

Trace list with columns

Multi-line display

Multi-line display

Choose to display one, three, or ten lines from your traces. 3 and 10 lines display are here to give you more insights on the error.stack attribute.

  • With one line displayed:

    1 line Multi-line display

  • With three lines displayed:

    2 lines with Multi-line display

  • With ten lines displayed:

    10 lines with Multi-line display


A Facet displays all the distinct values of an attribute or a tag as well as provides some basic analytics such as the amount of traces represented. This is also a switch to filter your data.

Facets allow you to pivot or filter your datasets based on a given attribute. Examples Facets may include users, services, etc…

Facets demo

Quantitative (measures)

Use measures when you need to:

  • Aggregate values from multiple traces. For example, create a measure on the number of rows in Cassandra and view the P95 or top-most referrers per sum of file size requested.
  • Numerically compute the highest latency services for shopping cart values over $1000.
  • Filter continuous values. For example, the size in bytes of each payload chunk of a video stream.


Measures come with either a (long) integer or double value, for equivalent capabilities.


Measures support units (time in seconds or size in bytes) for handling of orders of magnitude at query time and display time. Unit is a property of the measure itself, not of the field. For example, consider a duration measure in nanoseconds: you have a span tag from service:A where duration:1000 stands for 1000 milliseconds, and another span tags from service:B where duration:500 stands for 500 microseconds: Scale duration into nanoseconds for all span tags flowing in with the arithmetic processor. Use a *1000000 multiplier on span tags from service:A, and a *1000 multiplier on span tags from service:B. Use duration:>20ms (see search syntax for reference) to consistently query span tags from both services at once, and see an aggregated result of max one minute.

Create a facet

To start using an attribute as a Facet or in the search, click on it and add it as a Facet:

Create Facet

Once this is done, the value of this attribute is stored for all new traces and can be used in the search bar, the Facet Panel, and in the Trace graph query.

Facet panel

Use Facets to filter on your Traces. The search bar and url automatically reflect your selections.

Facet panel

Analytics overview

Use Analytics to filter application performance metrics and Indexed Spans by tags. It allows deep exploration of the web requests flowing through your service.

Analytics is automatically enabled for all APM services with 100% of ingested data for 15 minutes (rolling window). Spans indexed by custom retention filters and legacy App Analytics are available in Analytics for 15 days.

Downstream services like databases and cache layers aren’t in the list of available services (as they don’t generate traces on their own), but their information is picked up by the top level services that call them.

Analytics query

Use the query to control what’s displayed in your Analytics:

  1. Choose the Duration metric or a Facet to analyze. Selecting the Duration metric lets you choose the aggregation function whereas a facet displays the unique count.

    choose measure facet
  2. Select the aggregation function for the Duration metric:

    aggregation function
  3. Use a tag or facet to split your Analytic.

    split by
  4. Choose to display either the X top or bottom values according to the selected facet or Duration.

    top bottom button
  5. Choose the Analytic Timesteps. Changing the global timeframe changes the list of available Timesteps values.



Select an Analytics visualization type using the Analytic selector:


Visualize the evolution of the Duration metric (or a facet unique count of values) over a selected time frame, and (optionally) split by an available facet.

The following timeseries Analytics shows the evolution of the pc99 duration by steps of 5min for each Service

timeserie example

Top list

Visualize the top values from a facet according to their Duration (or a facet unique count of values).

The following top list analytics shows the top pc99 duration of Service:

top list example


Visualize the top values from a facet according to a chosen measure (the first measure you choose in the list), and display the value of additional measures for elements appearing in this top list. Update the search query or investigate logs corresponding to either dimension.

  • When there are multiple dimensions, the top values are determined according to the first dimension, then according to the second dimension within the top values of the first dimension, then according to the third dimension within the top values of the second dimension.
  • When there are multiple measures, the top or bottom list is determined according to the first measure.
  • The subtotal may differ from the actual sum of values in a group, since only a subset (top or bottom) is displayed. Events with a null or empty value for this dimension are not displayed as a sub-group.

Note: A table visualization used for one single measure and one single dimension is the same as a toplist, just with a different display.

The following Table Log Analytics shows the evolution of the top Status Codes according to their Throughput, along with the number of unique Client IPs, and over the last 15 minutes:

top list example

Select or click on a section of the graph to either zoom in the graph or see the list of traces corresponding to your selection:

view Traces


Export your analytics button

Export your Analytics:

Note: Analytics can be exported only when powered by indexed spans.

Traces in dashboard

Export Analytics from the trace search or build them directly in your Dashboard alongside metrics and logs.

Learn more about the timeseries widget.

Further Reading