Fluentd output plugin for Datadog

It mainly contains a proper JSON formatter and a socket handler that streams logs directly to Datadog - so no need to use a log shipper if you don't wan't to.


To add the plugin to your fluentd agent, use the following command:

gem install fluent-plugin-datadog

If you installed the td-agent instead

/usr/sbin/td-agent-gem install fluent-plugin-datadog


Configure the output plugin

To match events and send them to Datadog, simply add the following code to your configuration file.

TCP example:

# Match events tagged with "datadog.**" and
# send them to Datadog
<match datadog.**>

  @type datadog
  @id awesome_agent
  api_key <your_api_key>

  # Optional
  include_tag_key true
  tag_key 'tag'

  # Optional parameters
  dd_source '<INTEGRATION_NAME>' 
  dd_tags '<KEY1:VALU1>,<KEY2:VALUE2>'
  dd_sourcecategory '<MY_SOURCE_CATEGORY>'


After a restart of FluentD, any child events tagged with datadog are shipped to your platform.


Let's make a simple test.

 curl -X POST -d 'json={"message":"hello Datadog from fluentd"}' http://localhost:8888/datadog.test

Produces the following event:

    "message": "hello Datadog from fluentd"

fluent-plugin-datadog properties

Let's go deeper on the plugin configuration.

As fluent-plugin-datadog is an output_buffer, you can set all output_buffer properties like it's describe in the fluentd documentation.

Property Description Default value
api_key This parameter is required in order to authenticate your fluent agent. nil
use_json Event format, if true, the event is sent in json format. Othwerwise, in plain text. true
include_tag_key Automatically include the Fluentd tag in the record. false
tag_key Where to store the Fluentd tag. "tag"
timestamp_key Name of the attribute which will contain timestamp of the log event. If nil, timestamp attribute is not added. "@timestamp"
use_ssl If true, the agent initializes a secure connection to Datadog. In clear TCP otherwise. true
ssl_port Port used to send logs over a SSL encripted connection to Datadog (use 443 for the EU region) 10516
max_retries The number of retries before the output plugin stops. Set to -1 for unlimited retries -1
dd_source This tells Datadog what integration it is nil
dd_sourcecategory Multiple value attribute. Can be used to refine the source attribute nil
dd_tags Custom tags with the following format "key1:value1, key2:value2" nil
dd_hostname Used by Datadog to identify the host submitting the logs. hostname -f
service Used by Datadog to correlate between logs, traces and metrics. nil
port Proxy port when logs are not directly forwarded to Datadog and ssl is not used 10514
host Proxy endpoint when logs are not directly forwarded to Datadog intake.logs.datadoghq.com

Docker and Kubernetes tags

Tags in Datadog are critical to be able to jump from one part of the product to the other. Having the right metadata associated to your logs is therefore important to jump from the container view or any container metrics to the most related logs.

If your logs contain any of the following attributes, it will automatically be added as Datadog tags (with the same name as on your metrics) on your logs:

  • kubernetes.container_image
  • kubernetes.container_name
  • kubernetes.namespace_name
  • kubernetes.pod_name
  • docker.container_id

If the Datadog Agent collect them automatically, FluentD requires a plugin for this. We recommend using fluent-plugin-kubernetes_metadata_filter to collect Docker and Kubernetes metadata.

Configuration example:

# Collect metadata for logs tagged with "kubernetes.**"
<filter kubernetes.*>
  type kubernetes_metadata