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KIVagant and k8s-ci-robot [stable/datadog] Remove default resources requests and limits (#13138)
Resources should not be limited by default because nobody knows where
the chart will be installed to. Especially worth not to set CPU limits
by default as per kubernetes/kubernetes#67577

Signed-off-by: Eugene Glotov <>
Latest commit dd70099 May 23, 2019


Datadog is a hosted infrastructure monitoring platform. This chart adds the Datadog Agent to all nodes in your cluster via a DaemonSet. It also optionally depends on the kube-state-metrics chart. For more information about monitoring Kubernetes with Datadog, please refer to the Datadog documentation website.

Datadog offers two variants, switch to a -jmx tag if you need to run JMX/java integrations. The chart also supports running the standalone dogstatsd image.

See the Datadog JMX integration to learn more.


Kubernetes 1.4+ or OpenShift 3.4+, note that:

Quick start

By default, the Datadog Agent runs in a DaemonSet. It can alternatively run inside a Deployment for special use cases.

Note: simultaneous DaemonSet + Deployment installation within a single release will be deprecated in a future version, requiring two releases to achieve this.

Installing the Datadog Chart

To install the chart with the release name <RELEASE_NAME>, retrieve your Datadog API key from your Agent Installation Instructions and run:

helm install --name <RELEASE_NAME> \
  --set datadog.apiKey=<DATADOG_API_KEY> stable/datadog

By default, this Chart creates a Secret and puts an API key in that Secret. However, you can use manually created secret by setting the datadog.apiKeyExistingSecret value. After a few minutes, you should see hosts and metrics being reported in Datadog.

Enabling the Datadog Cluster Agent

Read about the Datadog Cluster Agent in the official documentation.

Run the following if you want to deploy the chart with the Datadog Cluster Agent:

helm install --name datadog-monitoring \
    --set datadog.apiKey=<DATADOG_API_KEY> \
    --set datadog.appKey=<DATADOG_APP_KEY \
    --set clusterAgent.enabled=true \
    --set clusterAgent.metricsProvider.enabled=true \

Note: Specifying clusterAgent.metricsProvider.enabled=true enables the External Metrics Server. If you want to learn to use this feature, you can check out this Datadog Cluster Agent walkthrough.

The Leader Election is enabled by default in the chart for the Cluster Agent. Only the Cluster Agent(s) participate in the election, in case you have several replicas configured (using clusterAgent.replicas.

Cluster Agent Token

You can specify the Datadog Cluster Agent token used to secure the communication between the Cluster Agent(s) and the Agents with clusterAgent.token.

If you don't specify a token, a random one is generated at each deployment so you must use --recreate-pods to ensure all pod use the same token. seeDatadog Chart notes to learn more.


From 1.19.0 onwards

Version 1.19.0 introduces the use of release name as full name if it contains the chart name(datadog in this case). E.g. with a release name of datadog, this renames the DaemonSet from datadog-datadog to datadog. The suggested approach is to delete the release and reinstall it.

From 1.0.0 onwards

Starting with version 1.0.0, this chart does not support deploying Agent 5.x anymore. If you cannot upgrade to Agent 6.x, you can use a previous version of the chart by calling helm install with --version 0.18.0.

See 0.18.1's README to see which options were supported at the time.

Uninstalling the Chart

To uninstall/delete the <RELEASE_NAME> deployment:

helm delete <RELEASE_NAME> --purge

The command removes all the Kubernetes components associated with the chart and deletes the release.


As a best practice, a YAML file that specifies the values for the chart parameters should be provided to configure the chart:

  1. Copy the default datadog-values.yaml value file.
  2. Set the apiKey parameter with your Datadog API key.
  3. Upgrade the Datadog Helm chart with the new datadog-values.yaml file:
helm upgrade -f datadog-values.yaml <RELEASE_NAME> stable/datadog --recreate-pods

See the All configuration options section to discover all possibilities offered by the Datadog chart.

Enabling Log Collection

Update your datadog-values.yaml file with the following log collection configuration:

 logsEnabled: true
 logsConfigContainerCollectAll: true

then upgrade your Datadog Helm chart:

helm upgrade -f datadog-values.yaml <RELEASE_NAME> stable/datadog --recreate-pods

Enabling Process Collection

Update your datadog-values.yaml file with the process collection configuration:

  processAgentEnabled: true

then upgrade your Datadog Helm chart:

helm upgrade -f datadog-values.yaml <RELEASE_NAME> stable/datadog --recreate-pods

Kubernetes event collection

Use the Datadog Cluster Agent to collect Kubernetes events. Please read the official documentation for more context.

Alternatively set the datadog.leaderElection, datadog.collectEvents and rbac.create options to true in order to enable Kubernetes event collection.

conf.d and checks.d

The Datadog entrypoint copies files with a .yaml extension found in /conf.d and files with .py extension in /check.d to /etc/datadog-agent/conf.d and /etc/datadog-agent/checks.d respectively.

The keys for datadog.confd and datadog.checksd should mirror the content found in their respective ConfigMaps. Update your datadog-values.yaml file with the check configurations:

    redisdb.yaml: |-
        - redis
        - bitnami/redis
        - host: "%%host%%"
          port: "%%port%%"
    jmx.yaml: |-
        - openjdk
        - host: "%%host%%"
          port: "%%port_0%%"
    redisdb.yaml: |-
        - host: ""
          port: 6379

then upgrade your Datadog Helm chart:

helm upgrade -f datadog-values.yaml <RELEASE_NAME> stable/datadog --recreate-pods

For more details, please refer to the documentation.

Kubernetes Labels and Annotations

To map Kubernetes pod labels and annotations to Datadog tags, provide a dictionary with kubernetes labels/annotations as keys and Datadog tags key as values in your datadog-values.yaml file:

podAnnotationsAsTags: kube_iamrole
  app: kube_app
  release: helm_release

then upgrade your Datadog Helm chart:

helm upgrade -f datadog-values.yaml <RELEASE_NAME> stable/datadog --recreate-pods

CRI integration

As of the version 6.6.0, the Datadog Agent supports collecting metrics from any container runtime interface used in your cluster. Configure the location path of the socket with datadog.criSocketPath and make sure you allow the socket to be mounted into the pod running the agent by setting datadog.useCriSocketVolume to True. Standard paths are:

  • Containerd socket: /var/run/containerd/containerd.sock
  • Cri-o socket: /var/run/crio/crio.sock

All configuration options

The following table lists the configurable parameters of the Datadog chart and their default values. Specify each parameter using the --set key=value[,key=value] argument to helm install. For example,

helm install --name <RELEASE_NAME> \
  --set datadog.apiKey=<DATADOG_API_KEY>,datadog.logLevel=DEBUG \
Parameter Description Default
datadog.apiKey Your Datadog API key Nil You must provide your own key
datadog.apiKeyExistingSecret If set, use the secret with a provided name instead of creating a new one nil
datadog.appKey Datadog APP key required to use metricsProvider Nil You must provide your own key
datadog.appKeyExistingSecret If set, use the secret with a provided name instead of creating a new one nil
image.repository The image repository to pull from datadog/agent
image.tag The image tag to pull 6.10.1
image.pullPolicy Image pull policy IfNotPresent
image.pullSecrets Image pull secrets nil
nameOverride Override name of app nil
fullnameOverride Override full name of app nil
rbac.create If true, create & use RBAC resources true
rbac.serviceAccount existing ServiceAccount to use (ignored if rbac.create=true) default
daemonset.podLabels labels to add to each pod nil Container name if Daemonset or Deployment datadog Site ('' or '') nil
datadog.dd_url Datadog intake server nil
datadog.env Additional Datadog environment variables nil
datadog.logsEnabled Enable log collection nil
datadog.logsConfigContainerCollectAll Collect logs from all containers nil
datadog.logsPointerHostPath Host path to store the log tailing state in /var/lib/datadog-agent/logs
datadog.apmEnabled Enable tracing from the host nil
datadog.processAgentEnabled Enable live process monitoring nil
datadog.checksd Additional custom checks as python code nil
datadog.confd Additional check configurations (static and Autodiscovery) nil
datadog.criSocketPath Path to the container runtime socket (if different from Docker) nil
datadog.tags Set host tags nil
datadog.nonLocalTraffic Enable statsd reporting from any external ip False
datadog.useCriSocketVolume Enable mounting the container runtime socket in Agent containers True
datadog.dogstatsdOriginDetection Enable origin detection for container tagging False
datadog.useDogStatsDSocketVolume Enable dogstatsd over Unix Domain Socket False
datadog.volumes Additional volumes for the daemonset or deployment nil
datadog.volumeMounts Additional volumeMounts for the daemonset or deployment nil
datadog.podAnnotationsAsTags Kubernetes Annotations to Datadog Tags mapping nil
datadog.podLabelsAsTags Kubernetes Labels to Datadog Tags mapping nil
datadog.resources.requests.cpu CPU resource requests 200m
datadog.resources.limits.cpu CPU resource limits 200m
datadog.resources.requests.memory Memory resource requests 256Mi
datadog.resources.limits.memory Memory resource limits 256Mi
datadog.securityContext Allows you to overwrite the default securityContext applied to the container nil
datadog.livenessProbe Overrides the default liveness probe http port 5555
datadog.hostname Set the hostname (write it in datadog.conf) nil
datadog.acInclude Include containers based on image name nil
datadog.acExclude Exclude containers based on image name nil
daemonset.podAnnotations Annotations to add to the DaemonSet's Pods nil
daemonset.tolerations List of node taints to tolerate (requires Kubernetes >= 1.6) nil
daemonset.nodeSelector Node selectors nil
daemonset.affinity Node affinities nil
daemonset.useHostNetwork If true, use the host's network nil
daemonset.useHostPID. If true, use the host's PID namespace nil
daemonset.useHostPort If true, use the same ports for both host and container nil
daemonset.priorityClassName Which Priority Class to associate with the daemonset nil
datadog.leaderElection Enable the leader Election feature false
datadog.leaderLeaseDuration The duration for which a leader stays elected. 60 sec, 15 if Cluster Checks enabled
datadog.collectEvents Enable Kubernetes event collection. Requires leader election. false
deployment.affinity Node / Pod affinities {}
deployment.tolerations List of node taints to tolerate []
deployment.priorityClassName Which Priority Class to associate with the deployment nil
kubeStateMetrics.enabled If true, create kube-state-metrics true
kube-state-metrics.rbac.create If true, create & use RBAC resources for kube-state-metrics true
kube-state-metrics.rbac.serviceAccount existing ServiceAccount to use (ignored if rbac.create=true) for kube-state-metrics default
clusterAgent.enabled Use the cluster-agent for cluster metrics (Kubernetes 1.10+ only) false
clusterAgent.token A cluster-internal secret for agent-to-agent communication. Must be 32+ characters a-zA-Z Generates a random value
clusterAgent.containerName The container name for the Cluster Agent cluster-agent
clusterAgent.image.repository The image repository for the cluster-agent datadog/cluster-agent
clusterAgent.image.tag The image tag to pull 1.2.0
clusterAgent.image.pullPolicy Image pull policy IfNotPresent
clusterAgent.image.pullSecrets Image pull secrets nil
clusterAgent.metricsProvider.enabled Enable Datadog metrics as a source for HPA scaling false
clusterAgent.clusterChecks.enabled Enable Cluster Checks on both the Cluster Agent and the Agent daemonset false
clusterAgent.confd Additional check configurations (static and Autodiscovery) nil
clusterAgent.resources.requests.cpu CPU resource requests 200m
clusterAgent.resources.limits.cpu CPU resource limits 200m
clusterAgent.resources.requests.memory Memory resource requests 256Mi
clusterAgent.resources.limits.memory Memory resource limits 256Mi
clusterAgent.tolerations List of node taints to tolerate []
clusterAgent.livenessProbe Overrides the default liveness probe http port 443 if external metrics enabled
clusterAgent.readinessProbe Overrides the default readiness probe http port 443 if external metrics enabled
clusterchecksDeployment.enabled Enable Datadog agent deployment dedicated for running Cluster Checks. It allows having different resources (Request/Limit) for Cluster Checks agent pods. false
clusterchecksDeployment.env Additional Datadog environment variables for Cluster Checks Deployment nil
clusterchecksDeployment.resources.requests.cpu CPU resource requests 200m
clusterchecksDeployment.resources.limits.cpu CPU resource limits 200m
clusterchecksDeployment.resources.requests.memory Memory resource requests 256Mi
clusterchecksDeployment.resources.limits.memory Memory resource limits 256Mi
clusterchecksDeployment.nodeSelector Node selectors nil
clusterchecksDeployment.affinity Node affinities avoid running pods on the same node
clusterchecksDeployment.livenessProbe Overrides the default liveness probe http port 5555
clusterchecksDeployment.rbac.dedicated If true, use dedicated RBAC resources for clusterchecks agent's pods false
clusterchecksDeployment.rbac.serviceAccount existing ServiceAccount to use (ignored if rbac.create=true) for clusterchecks default
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