The Datadog Agent is software that collects events and metrics and sends them to Datadog, where you can analyze your monitoring and performance data. The Datadog Agent is open source and runs in many environments and operating systems.

This course will teach you how to run and configure the containerized Datadog Agent to collect events and metrics from other containers as well the container runtime host.

Environments in which the Datadog Agent container can run include:

  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • Cloud implementations of the above:
    • Amazon Web Services’ ECS/EKS
    • Google Cloud Platform’s GKE
    • Microsoft Azure Container Instances

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Run the Agent container alongside services orchestrated with Docker Compose
  • Configure Agent features and behavior using environment variables
  • Assess Agent health and configuration using its CLI interface
  • Add Unified Service Tags and other metadata to monitored services using container labels
  • Navigate the Datadog App to identify the events, metrics, and logs that the Agent has collected

Primary Audience

DevOps, SRE, or software engineers who want use the Datadog Agent in a containerized environment.


The Learning Environment course will introduce you to the hands-on lab environment that you will use in most Learning Center courses.

Learners should be comfortable configuring system software and working with Docker containers.

Technical Requirements

In order to complete the course, you will need:

  • Google Chrome or Firefox

Course Navigation

At the bottom of each lesson, click MARK LESSON COMPLETE AND CONTINUE button so that you are marked complete for each lesson and can receive the certificate at the end of the course.

Course Enrollment Period

Please note that your enrollment in this course ends after 30 days. You can re-enroll at any time and pick up where you left off.

Course curriculum

    1. Introduction

    1. About the Agent Container

    2. Lab: The Agent on Docker

    1. Summary

    2. Feedback Survey

The Agent on Docker

  • 1 hours to complete
  • Beginner