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Datadog Heroku Buildpack

This Heroku buildpack installs the Datadog Agent in your Heroku dyno to collect system metrics, custom application metrics, and traces. To collect custom application metrics or traces, include the language appropriate DogStatsD or Datadog APM library in your application.


To add this buildpack to your project, as well as set the required environment variables:


# If this is a new Heroku project
heroku create

# Add the appropriate language-specific buildpack. For example:
heroku buildpacks:add heroku/ruby

# Enable Heroku Labs Dyno Metadata
heroku labs:enable runtime-dyno-metadata -a $(heroku apps:info|grep ===|cut -d' ' -f2)

# Add this buildpack and set your Datadog API key
heroku buildpacks:add --index 1 https://github.com/DataDog/heroku-buildpack-datadog.git
heroku config:add DD_API_KEY=<DATADOG_API_KEY>

# Deploy to Heroku
git push heroku master

Replace <DATADOG_API_KEY> with your Datadog API key.

Once complete, the Datadog Agent is started automatically when each dyno starts.

The Datadog Agent provides a listening port on 8125 for statsd/dogstatsd metrics and events. Traces are collected on port 8126.


In addition to the environment variables shown above, there are a number of others you can set:

Setting Description DD_API_KEY Required. Your API key is available from the Datadog API Integrations page. Note that this is the API key, not the application key. DD_HOSTNAME Optional. WARNING: Setting the hostname manually may result in metrics continuity errors. It is recommended that you do not set this variable. Because dyno hosts are ephemeral it is recommended that you monitor based on the tags dynoname or appname. DD_DYNO_HOST Optional. Set to true to use the dyno name (e.g. web.1 or run.1234) as the hostname. See the hostname section below for more information. Defaults to false DD_TAGS Optional. Sets additional tags provided as a space-delimited string. For example, heroku config:set DD_TAGS="simple-tag-0 tag-key-1:tag-value-1". The buildpack automatically adds the tags dyno and dynohost which represent the dyno name (e.g. web.1) and host ID (e.g. 33f232db-7fa7-461e-b623-18e60944f44f) respectively. See the "Guide to tagging" for more information. DD_HISTOGRAM_PERCENTILES Optional. Optionally set additional percentiles for your histogram metrics. See How to graph percentiles. DISABLE_DATADOG_AGENT Optional. When set, the Datadog Agent does not run. DD_APM_ENABLED Optional. Trace collection is enabled by default. Set this to false to disable trace collection. DD_PROCESS_AGENT Optional. The Datadog Process Agent is disabled by default. Set this to true to enable the Process Agent. DD_SITE Optional. If you use the app.datadoghq.eu service, set this to datadoghq.eu. Defaults to datadoghq.com. DD_AGENT_VERSION Optional. By default, the buildpack installs the latest version of the Datadog Agent available in the package repository. Use this variable to install older versions of the Datadog Agent (note that not all versions of the Agent may be available). DD_DISABLE_HOST_METRICS Optional. By default, the buildpack reports system metrics for the host machine running the dyno. Set this to true to disable system metrics collection. See the system metrics section below for more information.

For additional documentation, refer to the Datadog Agent documentation.


Heroku dynos are ephemeral—they can move to different host machines whenever new code is deployed, configuration changes are made, or resouce needs/availability changes. This makes Heroku flexible and responsive, but can potentially lead to a high number of reported hosts in Datadog. Datadog bills on a per-host basis, and the buildpack default is to report actual hosts, which can lead to higher than expected costs.

Depending on your use case, you may want to set your hostname so that hosts are aggregated and report a lower number. To do this, Set DD_DYNO_HOST to true. This will cause the Agent to report the hostname as the app and dyno name (e.g. appname.web.1 or appname.run.1234) and your host count will closely match your dyno usage. One drawback is that you may see some metrics continuity errors whenever a dyno is cycled.

System metrics

By default, the buildpack collects system metrics for the host machine running your dyno. System metrics are not available for individual dynos using this buildpack. To disable host system metrics collection, set the DD_DISABLE_HOST_METRICS environment variable to true.

In order to collect system metrics for your dynos, use a log drain to collect metric logs from the Heroku Logplex and forward them to Datadog. See the community integrations documentation for a list of community supported log drains.

File locations

  • The Datadog Agent is installed at /app/.apt/opt/datadog-agent
  • The Datadog Agent configuration files are at /app/.apt/etc/datadog-agent
  • The Datadog Agent logs are at /app/.apt/var/log/datadog

Enabling integrations

You can enable Datadog Agent integrations by including an appropriately named YAML file inside a datadog/conf.d directory in the root of your application.

For example, to enable the PostgreSQL integration, create a file /datadog/conf.d/postgres.yaml in your application containing:


  - host: <YOUR HOSTNAME>
    port: <YOUR PORT>
    username: <YOUR USERNAME>
    password: <YOUR PASSWORD>
    dbname: <YOUR DBNAME>
    ssl: True

During the dyno start up, your YAML files are copied to the appropriate Datadog Agent configuration directories.

Prerun script

In addition to all of the configurations above, you can include a prerun script, /datadog/prerun.sh, in your application. The prerun script will run after all of the standard configuration actions and immediately before starting the Datadog Agent. This allows you to modify the environment variables, perform additional configurations, or even disable the Datadog Agent programmatically.

The example below demonstrates a few of the things you can do in the prerun.sh script:

#!/usr/bin/env bash

# Disable the Datadog Agent based on dyno type
if [ "$DYNOTYPE" == "run" ]; then

# Update the Postgres configuration from above using the Heroku application environment variable
if [ -n "$DATABASE_URL" ]; then
  if [[ $DATABASE_URL =~ $POSTGREGEX ]]; then
    sed -i "s/<YOUR HOSTNAME>/${BASH_REMATCH[3]}/" "$DD_CONF_DIR/conf.d/postgres.d/conf.yaml"
    sed -i "s/<YOUR USERNAME>/${BASH_REMATCH[1]}/" "$DD_CONF_DIR/conf.d/postgres.d/conf.yaml"
    sed -i "s/<YOUR PASSWORD>/${BASH_REMATCH[2]}/" "$DD_CONF_DIR/conf.d/postgres.d/conf.yaml"
    sed -i "s/<YOUR PORT>/${BASH_REMATCH[4]}/" "$DD_CONF_DIR/conf.d/postgres.d/conf.yaml"
    sed -i "s/<YOUR DBNAME>/${BASH_REMATCH[5]}/" "$DD_CONF_DIR/conf.d/postgres.d/conf.yaml"

Limiting Datadog's console output

In some cases, you may want to limit the amount of logs the Datadog buildpack is writing to the console.

To limit the log output of the buildpack, set the DD_LOG_LEVEL environment variable to one of the following: TRACE, DEBUG, INFO, WARN, ERROR, CRITICAL, OFF.

heroku config:add DD_LOG_LEVEL=ERROR

Heroku log collection

The Heroku Datadog buildpack does not collect logs. To set up log collection, see the dedicated guide.


Heroku buildpacks cannot be used with Docker images. To build a Docker image with Datadog, reference the Datadog Agent Docker files.


See the contributing documentation to learn how to open an issue or PR to the Heroku-buildpack-datadog repository13.


Earlier versions of this project were forked from the miketheman heroku-buildpack-datadog project. It was largely rewritten for Datadog's Agent version 6. Changes and more information can be found in the changelog.