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StatsD Client (Go)

statsd is a simple, efficient StatsD client written in Go.

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  • Works great with netdata
  • Supports Counting, Sampling, Timing, Gauges, Sets and Histograms out of the box
  • Extendable: Ability to send custom metric values and types
  • It is blazing fast and does not allocate unnecessary memory. Metrics are sent based on a customized packet size, manual flushing of buffered metrics is also an option
  • Beautiful, easy to learn API
  • Easy to test
  • Protocol-agnostic


The only requirement is the Go Programming Language.

$ go get -u

Quick start

statsd is simple, it won't take more than 10 minutes of your time to read all of its documentation via godocs.


// NewClient returns a new StatsD client.
// The first input argument, "writeCloser", should be a value which implements  
// the `io.WriteCloser` interface.
// It can be a UDP connection or a string buffer or even STDOUT for testing.
// The second input argument, "prefix" can be empty
// but it is usually the app's name and a single dot.
NewClient(writeCloser io.WriteCloser, prefix string) *Client
Client {
    SetMaxPackageSize(maxPacketSize int)
    SetFormatter(fmt func(metricName string) string)
    FlushEvery(dur time.Duration)

    IsClosed() bool
    Close() error

    WriteMetric(metricName, value, typ string, rate float32) error
    Flush(n int) error

    Count(metricName string, value int) error
    Increment(metricName string) error

    Gauge(metricName string, value int) error

    Unique(metricName string, value int) error

    Time(metricName string, value time.Duration) error
    Record(metricName string, rate float32) func() error

    Histogram(metricName string, value int) error

Metric Value helpers

Duration(v time.Duration) string
Int(v int) string
Int8(v int8) string
Int16(v int16) string
Int32(v int32) string
Int64(v int64) string
Uint(v uint) string
Uint8(v uint8) string
Uint16(v uint16) string
Uint32(v uint32) string
Uint64(v uint64) string
Float32(v float32) string
Float64(v float64) string

Metric Type constants

const (
    // Count is the "c" Counting statsd metric type.
    Count string = "c"
    // Gauge is the "g" Gauges statsd metric type.
    Gauge string = "g"
    // Unique is the "s" Sets statsd metric type.
    Unique string = "s"
    // Set is an alias for "Unique"
    Set = Unique
    // Time is the "ms" Timing statsd metric type.
    Time string = "ms"
    // Histogram is the "h" metric type,
    // difference from `Time` metric type is that `Time` writes milleseconds.
    // Read more at:
    Histogram string = "h"

Read more at:


Assuming you have a statsd server running at :8125 (default port).

# assume the following codes in example.go file
$ cat example.go
package main

import (


// statusCodeReporter is a compatible `http.ResponseWriter`
// which stores the `statusCode` for further reporting.
type statusCodeReporter struct {
    written    bool
    statusCode int

func (w *statusCodeReporter) WriteHeader(statusCode int) {
    if w.written {

    w.statusCode = statusCode

func (w *statusCodeReporter) Write(b []byte) (int, error) {
    w.written = true
    return w.ResponseWriter.Write(b)

func main() {
    statsWriter, err := statsd.UDP(":8125")
    if err != nil {

    statsD := statsd.NewClient(statsWriter, "prefix.")
    statsD.FlushEvery(5 * time.Second)

    statsDMiddleware := func(next http.Handler) http.Handler {
        return http.HandlerFunc(func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
            path := r.URL.Path
            if len(path) == 1 {
                path = "index" // for root.
            } else if path == "/favicon.ico" {
                next.ServeHTTP(w, r)
            } else {
                path = path[1:]
                path = strings.Replace(path, "/", ".", -1)

            statsD.Increment(fmt.Sprintf("%s.request", path))

            newResponseWriter := &statusCodeReporter{ResponseWriter: w, statusCode: http.StatusOK}

            stop := statsD.Record(fmt.Sprintf("%s.time", path), 1)
            next.ServeHTTP(newResponseWriter, r)

            statsD.Increment(fmt.Sprintf("%s.response.%d", path, newResponseWriter.statusCode))

    mux := http.DefaultServeMux

    mux.HandleFunc("/", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
        fmt.Fprintln(w, "Hello from index")

    mux.HandleFunc("/other", func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
        statsD.Unique("other.unique", 1)
        fmt.Fprintln(w, "Hello from other page")

    http.ListenAndServe(":8080", statsDMiddleware(mux))
# run example.go and visit http://localhost:8080/other
$ go run example.go

Navigate here to see more examples.


The go-statsd library is licensed under the MIT License.