a java statsd client library
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Java DogStatsD Client

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A statsd client library implemented in Java. Allows for Java applications to easily communicate with statsd.

This version was originally forked from java-dogstatsd-client and java-statsd-client but it is now the canonical home for the java-dogstatsd-client. Collaborating with the former upstream projects we have now combined efforts to provide a single release.

See CHANGELOG.md for changes.


The client jar is distributed via maven central, and can be downloaded here.



import com.timgroup.statsd.ServiceCheck;
import com.timgroup.statsd.StatsDClient;
import com.timgroup.statsd.NonBlockingStatsDClient;

public class Foo {

  private static final StatsDClient statsd = new NonBlockingStatsDClient(
    "my.prefix",                          /* prefix to any stats; may be null or empty string */
    "statsd-host",                        /* common case: localhost */
    8125,                                 /* port */
    new String[] {"tag:value"}            /* Datadog extension: Constant tags, always applied */

  public static final void main(String[] args) {
    statsd.recordGaugeValue("bar", 100);
    statsd.recordGaugeValue("baz", 0.01); /* DataDog extension: support for floating-point gauges */
    statsd.recordHistogramValue("qux", 15);     /* DataDog extension: histograms */
    statsd.recordHistogramValue("qux", 15.5);   /* ...also floating-point */
    statsd.recordDistributionValue("qux", 15);     /* DataDog extension: global distributions */
    statsd.recordDistributionValue("qux", 15.5);   /* ...also floating-point */

    ServiceCheck sc = ServiceCheck
    statsd.serviceCheck(sc); /* Datadog extension: send service check status */

    /* Compatibility note: Unlike upstream statsd, DataDog expects execution times to be a
     * floating-point value in seconds, not a millisecond value. This library
     * does the conversion from ms to fractional seconds.
    statsd.recordExecutionTime("bag", 25, "cluster:foo"); /* DataDog extension: cluster tag */

Unix Domain Socket support

As an alternative to UDP, Agent6 can receive metrics via a UNIX Socket (on Linux only). This library supports transmission via this protocol. To use it, simply pass the socket path as a hostname, and 0 as port.

By default, all exceptions are ignored, mimicking UDP behaviour. When using Unix Sockets, transmission errors will trigger exceptions you can choose to handle by passing a StatsDClientErrorHandler:

  • Connection error because of an invalid/missing socket will trigger a java.io.IOException: No such file or directory
  • If dogstatsd's reception buffer were to fill up, the send will timeout after 100ms and throw either a java.io.IOException: No buffer space available or a java.io.IOException: Resource temporarily unavailable