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Agent trace Search Configuration

To enable trace search, services must be flowing into Datadog. Once services are set up, navigate to the Trace Search & Analytics docs page to find a list of each of the services running within your infrastructure.

In Datadog, every automatically instrumented service has an operation name, which is used to set the type of request being traced. For example, if you’re tracing a Python Flask application, you might have a flask.request as your operation name. In a Node application using Express, you would have express.request ask your operation name.

Replace both the <SERVICE_NAME> and <OPERATION_NAME> in your configuration with the service name and operation name of the traces you want to add to Trace Search.

For example, if you have a Python service named python-api, and it’s running Flask (operation name flask.request), your <SERVICE_NAME> would be python-api, and your <OPERATION_NAME> would be flask.request.

The Trace Search & Analytics docs page populates with a list of your services and resource names available for usage in Trace Search:

  1. Select the environment and services to extract APM events from.
  2. Update your Datadog Agent configuration (based on Agent version) with the information below:

In datadog.yaml, add analyzed_spans under apm_config. For example:


In datadog.conf, add [trace.analyzed_spans]. For example:


Add DD_APM_ANALYZED_SPANS to the Agent container environment (compatible with version 12.6.5250+). Format should be a comma-separated regular expressions without spaces. For example:

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