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dd-trace: Node.js APM Tracer Library

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dd-trace is an npm package that you can install in your Node.js application to capture APM (Application Performance Monitoring) data. In Datadog terminology this library is called a Tracer. This data is then sent off to a process which collects and aggregates the data, called an Agent. Finally the data is sent off to the Datadog servers where it's stored and made available for querying in a myriad of ways, such as displaying in a dashboard or triggering alerts.

Tracer, Agent, Datadog relationship diagram


Most of the documentation for dd-trace is available on these webpages:

Version Release Lines and Maintenance

Release Line Latest Version Node.js Status Initial Release End of Life
v1 npm v1 >= v12 End of Life 2021-07-13 2022-02-25
v2 npm v2 >= v12 End of Life 2022-01-28 2023-08-15
v3 npm v3 >= v14 Maintenance 2022-08-15 2024-05-15
v4 npm v4 >= v16 Maintenance 2023-05-12 2025-01-11
v5 npm v5 >= v18 Current 2024-01-11 Unknown

We currently maintain three release lines, namely v5, v4 and v3. Features and bug fixes that are merged are released to the v5 line and, if appropriate, also the v4 & v3 line.

For any new projects it is recommended to use the v5 release line:

$ npm install dd-trace
$ yarn add dd-trace

However, existing projects that already use the v4 & v3 release line, or projects that need to support EOL versions of Node.js, may continue to use these release lines. This is done by specifying the version when installing the package.

$ npm install dd-trace@4
$ yarn add dd-trace@4

Any backwards-breaking functionality that is introduced into the library will result in an increase of the major version of the library and therefore a new release line. Such releases are kept to a minimum to reduce the pain of upgrading the library.

When a new release line is introduced the previous release line then enters maintenance mode where it will receive updates for the next year. Once that year is up the release line enters End of Life and will not receive new updates. The library also follows the Node.js LTS lifecycle wherein new release lines drop compatibility with Node.js versions that reach end of life (with the maintenance release line still receiving updates for a year).

For more information about library versioning and compatibility, see the NodeJS Compatibility Requirements page.

Changes associated with each individual release are documented on the GitHub Releases screen.

Development and Contribution

Please read the document before contributing to this open source project.

Experimental ESM Support


ESM support has been temporarily disabled starting from Node 20 as significant changes are in progress.

ESM support is currently in the experimental stages, while CJS has been supported since inception. This means that code loaded using require() should work fine but code loaded using import might not always work.

Use the following command to enable experimental ESM support with your application:

Node.js < v20.6

node --loader dd-trace/loader-hook.mjs entrypoint.js

Node.js >= v20.6

node --import dd-trace/register.js entrypoint.js

Serverless / Lambda

Note that there is a separate Lambda project, datadog-lambda-js, that is responsible for enabling metrics and distributed tracing when your application runs on Lambda. That project does depend on the dd-trace package but also adds a lot of Lambda-related niceties. If you find any issues specific to Lambda integrations then the issues may get solved quicker if they're added to that repository. That said, even if your application runs on Lambda, any core instrumentation issues not related to Lambda itself may be better served by opening an issue in this repository. Regardless of where you open the issue, someone at Datadog will try to help.


If you would like to trace your bundled application then please read this page on bundling and dd-trace. It includes information on how to use our ESBuild plugin and includes caveats for other bundlers.

Security Vulnerabilities

Please refer to the document if you have found a security issue.