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    StatsD AppOptics backend

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    This is a pluggable backend for StatsD, which publishes stats to AppOptics.



    $ cd /path/to/statsd
    $ npm install @appoptics/statsd-appoptics-backend


    You will need to add the following to your StatsD config file.

    appoptics: {
      token:  "ca98e2bc23b1bfd0cbe9041e824f610491129bb952d52ca4ac22cf3eab5a1c32"

    Example Full Configuration File:

      appoptics: {
        token:  "ca98e2bc23b1bfd0cbe9041e824f610491129bb952d52ca4ac22cf3eab5a1c32"
      , backends: ["statsd-appoptics-backend"]
      , port: 8125
      , keyNameSanitize: false

    The token settings can be found on your AppOptics account settings page.


    Add the statsd-appoptics-backend backend to the list of StatsD backends in the StatsD configuration file:

      backends: ["statsd-appoptics-backend"]

    Start/restart the statsd daemon and your StatsD metrics should now be pushed to your AppOptics account.

    Additional configuration options

    The AppOptics backend also supports the following optional configuration options under the top-level appoptics hash:

    Parameter Description
    snapTime Measurement timestamps are snapped to this interval (specified in seconds). This makes it easier to align measurements sent from multiple statsd instances on a single graph. Default is to use the flush interval time.
    countersAsGauges A boolean that controls whether StatsD counters are sent to AppOptics as gauge values (default) or as counters. When set to true (default), the backend will send the aggregate value of all increment/decrement operations during a flush period as a gauge measurement to AppOptics.

    When set to false, the backend will track the running value of all counters and submit the current absolute value to AppOptics as acounter. This will require some additional memory overhead and processing time to track the running value of all counters.
    skipInternalMetrics Boolean of whether to skip publishing of internal statsd metrics. This includes all metrics beginning with 'statsd.' and the metric numStats. Defaults to true, implying they are not sent.
    retryDelaySecs How long to wait before retrying a failed request, in seconds.
    postTimeoutSecs Max time for POST requests to AppOptics, in seconds.
    includeMetrics An array of JavaScript regular expressions. Only metrics that match any of the regular expressions will be sent to AppOptics. Defaults to an empty array.

    {includeMetrics: [/^my.included.metrics/, /^my.specifically.included.metric$/]}
    excludeMetrics An array of JavaScript regular expressions. Metrics which match any of the regular expressions will NOT be sent to AppOptics. If includedMetrics is specified, then patterns will be matched against the resulting list of included metrics. Defaults to an empty array.

    {excludeMetrics: [/^my.excluded.metrics/, /^my.specifically.excluded.metric$/]}
    globalPrefix A string to prepend to all measurement names sent to AppOptics. If set, a dot will automatically be added as separator between prefix and measurement name.
    tags Define global tags that are used as defaults in all measurements. If per-stat tags are defined these tags are not included unless mergeGlobalTags is set.
    mergeGlobalTags If truthy merge global tags into any per-stat tags; if a tag is specified in both places the per-stat tag is used. If falsey and per-stat tags are set then no global tags will be included.

    Reducing published data for inactive stats

    By default StatsD will push a zero value for any counter that does not receive an update during a flush interval. Similarly, it will continue to push the last seen value of any gauge that hasn't received an update during the flush interval. This is required for some backend systems that can not handle sporadic metric reports and therefore require a fixed frequency of incoming metrics. However, it requires StatsD to track all known gauges and counters and means that published payloads are inflated with zero-fill data.

    AppOptics can handle sporadic metric publishing at non-fixed frequencies. Any "zero filling" of graphs is handled at display time on the frontend. Therefore, when using the AppOptics backend it is beneficial for bandwidth and measurement-pricing costs to reduce the amount of data sent to AppOptics. In the StatsD configuration file it is recommended that you enable the following top-level configuration directive to reduce the amount of zero-fill data StatsD sends:

       deleteIdleStats: true

    You can configure your metric in AppOptics to display the gaps between sporadic reports in a variety of ways. Visit the knowledge base article to see how to change the display attributes.

    Publishing to Graphite and AppOptics simultaneously

    You can push metrics to Graphite and AppOptics simultaneously as you evaluate AppOptics. Just include both backends in the backends variable:

      backends: [ "./backends/graphite", "statsd-appoptics-backend" ],

    See the statsd manpage for more information.

    Using Proxy

    If you want to use statsd-appoptics-backend througth a proxy you should install https-proxy-agent module:

        $npm install https-proxy-agent

    After that you should add the proxy config to the StatsD config file in the appoptics configuration section:

      "appoptics" : {
        "proxy" : {
          "uri" : ""

    That configuration will proxy requests via a proxy listening on localhost on port 8080. You can also use an https proxy by setting the protocol to https in the URI.


    Our backend plugin offers basic tagging support for your metrics you submit to AppOptics. You can specify what tags you want to submit to AppOptics using the tags property in the appoptics configuration section of the StatsD config file:

      "appoptics" : {
        "tags": {
          "os" : "ubuntu",
          "host" : "production-web-server-1",

    The tags property defines global tags, i.e., tags that are included in all metrics submitted to AppOptics in addition to any per-stat tags (next paragraph).

    We also support tags at the per-stat level should you need more detailed tagging. The syntax for per-stat tags is:,tag2=value2:metric-value

    Starting with a #, supply a comma-separated list of tag-name=value pairs to be sent with this specific metric. For the example above, the following is submitted to AppOptics: name of with a value of metric-value with the tags tag1=value1 and tag2=value2. You are welcome to use any statsd client of your choosing.

    Please note that in order to use tags, the statsd config option keyNameSanitize must be set to false to allow these tags in your config file name.


    You may use bin/statsd-appoptics to easily bootstrap the daemon inside a container.

    Invoking this via CMD or ENTRYPOINT will create a simple configuration and run the statsd daemon with this backend enabled, listening on 8125.

    The following environment variables are available to customize:



    If you want to contribute:

    1. Clone your fork
    2. yarn install
    3. Hack away
    4. If you are adding new functionality, document it in the README
    5. for tests, run yarn test
    6. Push the branch up to GitHub
    7. Send a pull request


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