The Service Map for APM is here!

Service Map

The Service Map decomposes your application into all its component services and draws the observed dependencies between these services in real time, so you can identify bottlenecks and understand how data flows through your architecture.

Service Map Overview


The Service Map visualizes data that is being collected by Datadog APM. No setup is required.

Ways to use it

We built the Service Map not only to give you an overview of all your services and their health, but also to cut through noise and isolate problem areas. You can also access other telemetry collected by Datadog directly from this view.

Filtering vs changing scopes

The Service Map can be filtered based on the type of service it is—a webserver, database, cache, etc.—or based on a fuzzy string match. This helps you find the service you need in a microservices environment of hundreds or thousands of nodes.

Services are also scoped by env, and, optionally, a first-class dimension. Using the dropdowns to select a different scope draws an entirely different map, consisting of those services within the scope. These services cannot call or be called by services in other environments.


Mousing over a service highlights it and shows its request traffic as animated lines to better emphasize directionality.

Service Map

Clicking into a service offers you the option to inspect that service. This isolates the service and shows you which other services are the sources of requests, and which ones this service requests data from (and therefore depends on). Generally, the services on the left are closer to your customers, and the ones on the right are more likely root causes.

On the inspection page, each node can itself be inspected, so you can pivot around the Service Map one dependency at a time.

Service Map

The “service” tag

Clicking on a service reveals further drilldown options.

Service Map tag

The service tag has a special meaning in Datadog, and is used both to identify APM services and link them to other parts of the product.

The following screenshot shows a dashboard query for service:fse-auto-process. This is tagged automatically by APM.

Service Map dashboard

Using this tag on your Host Map or logs with the same key allows Datadog to join applications to logs, infrastructure, or custom business metrics. On the drilldown menu, discussed above, each option pivots to the appropriate view of the data collected by Datadog scoped to your service.

Service Map tags

In addition to infrastructure or logs, monitors can be tagged by service in the “Say what’s happening” section of a new monitor. This allows you to associate monitors for any metric, including custom business metrics with your services. The status of monitors is exposed directly on the Service Map.

Service Map monitor

Data freshness and meaning

Nodes and edges

Nodes represent services exactly as instrumented in APM and match those in your Services page. Edges represent aggregate calls from one service to another. You can see these interactions on the flame graph for each individual trace.

New services or connections will appear within moments of being instrumented and will age out if there are no corresponding traces seen for two weeks. This takes into account services that do work infrequently, but are nonetheless an important part of a functioning system.

Service Map nodes


If a monitor is enabled for a service, the circumference has a weighted border colored with green, yellow, red, or grey, based on the status of that monitor. If multiple monitors are defined, the status of the one in the most severe state is used.

Monitors are not constrained to APM monitors; the service tag, described above, can be used to associate any monitor type with a service