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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.


Kubernetes 1.4+ or OpenShift 3.4+ (1.3 support is currently partial, full support is planned for 6.4.0).

Installing the Chart

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

$ helm install --name my-release \
    --set datadog.apiKey=YOUR-KEY-HERE stable/datadog

After a few minutes, you should see hosts and metrics being reported in Datadog.

Tip: List all releases using helm list

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. Note that specifying clusterAgent.metricsProvider.enabled=true will enable the External Metrics Server. If you want to learn to use this feature, you can check out this 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. You can specify the token used to secure the communication between the Cluster Agent(s)q and the Agents with clusterAgent.token. If not specified, a random one will be generated and you will be prompted a warning when installing the chart.

helm install --name datadog-monitoring \
    --set datadog.apiKey=YOUR-API-KEY-HERE \
    --set datadog.appKey=YOUR-APP-KEY-HERE \
    --set clusterAgent.enabled=true \
    --set clusterAgent.metricsProvider.enabled=true \

Uninstalling the Chart

To uninstall/delete the my-release deployment:

$ helm delete my-release

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


The following table lists the configurable parameters of the Datadog chart and their default values.

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 6.6.0
image.pullPolicy Image pull policy IfNotPresent
image.pullSecrets Image pull secrets nil
rbac.create If true, create & use RBAC resources true
rbac.serviceAccount existing ServiceAccount to use (ignored if rbac.create=true) default
datadog.name Container name if Deamonset or Deployment datadog
datadog.env Additional Datadog environment variables nil
datadog.logsEnabled Enable log collection nil
datadog.logsConfigContainerCollectAll Collect logs from all containers nil
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.useCriSocketVolume Enable mounting the container runtime socket in Agent containers True
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
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. nil
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 1.0.0
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.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

Specify each parameter using the --set key=value[,key=value] argument to helm install. For example,

$ helm install --name my-release \
    --set datadog.apiKey=YOUR-KEY-HERE,datadog.logLevel=DEBUG \

Alternatively, a YAML file that specifies the values for the parameters can be provided while installing the chart. For example,

$ helm install --name my-release -f my-values.yaml stable/datadog

Tip: You can copy and customize the default values.yaml

Image repository and tag

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.

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.

DaemonSet and Deployment

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.


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.

confd and checksd

The Datadog entrypoint will copy 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, ie

    redisdb.yaml: |-
        - redis
        - bitnami/redis
        - host: "%%host%%"
          port: "%%port%%"
    jmx.yaml: |-
        - openjdk
        - host: "%%host%%"
          port: "%%port_0%%"
    redisdb.yaml: |-
        - host: "outside-k8s.example.com"
          port: 6379

For more details, please refer to the documentation.

Kubernetes event collection

To enable event collection, you will need to set the datadog.leaderElection, datadog.collectEvents and rbac.create options to true.

It is now recommended to use the Datadog Cluster Agent to collect the events - Refer to the Enabling the Datadog Cluster Agent section. Please read the official documentation for more context.

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 as values:

  iam.amazonaws.com/role: kube_iamrole
  app: kube_app
  release: helm_release

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:

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