node client for StatsD server with datadog extensions

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A node.js client for Etsy's StatsD server extended with Datadog's histogram and tags.
Most of the code (including parts of this readme) is copied directly from the excellent (v0.0.7), and the datadog parts wrote in by looking at, but with an added twist in the API.
IMPORTANT: This is not a drop-in replacement for node-statsd or node-dogstatsd, the API has changed.
This client will let you fire stats at your StatsD server from a node.js application.
node-statsd Runs and is tested on Node 0.6+ on all nix platforms and 0.8+ on all platforms including Windows. (So this should work too.)
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All initialization parameters are optional.
Parameters (specified as an options hash):
  • host: The host to send stats to default: localhost
  • port: The port to send stats to default: 8125
  • prefix: What to prefix each stat name with default: ''
  • suffix: What to suffix each stat name with default: ''
  • globalize: Expose this StatsD instance globally? default: false
  • dnsCache: Cache the initial dns lookup to host default: false
  • mock: Create a mock StatsD instance, sending no stats to the server? default: false

All StatsD/DataDog methods have the same API:
  • name: Stat name required
  • value: Stat value required except in increment/decrement where it defaults to 1/-1 respectively

which returns a Stat Object which can sent by calling .send() on them. Additional options to the stat maybe chained by calling stat.sampleRate(value).tags('x:1') before sending.
If an array is specified as the name parameter each item in that array will be sent along with the specified value.
var StatsD = require('dogstatsd-node').StatsD,
    client = new StatsD();

// Timing: sends a timing command with the specified milliseconds
client.timing('response_time', 42).send();

// Increment: Increments a stat by a value (default is 1)

// Decrement: Decrements a stat by a value (default is -1)

// Gauge: Gauge a stat by a specified amount
client.gauge('my_gauge', 123.45).send();

// Histogram: Datadog's histogram
client.histogram('histogram', 10).send();

// Set: Counts unique occurrences of a stat (alias of unique)
client.set('my_unique', 'foobar').send();
client.unique('my_unique', 'foobarbaz').send();

// Incrementing multiple items
client.increment(['these', 'are', 'different', 'stats']).send();

// Sampling, this will sample 25% of the time the StatsD Daemon will compensate for sampling
client.increment('my_counter', 1).sampleRate(0.25).send();

// Datadog's Tags
client.increment('my_counter', 1).tags(['host:xyz']).send();

// Using the callback
client.set(['foo', 'bar'], 42).send(function(error, bytes){
  //this only gets called once after all messages have been sent
    console.error('Oh noes! There was an error:', error);
  } else {
    console.log('Successfully sent', bytes, 'bytes');


In the event that there is a socket error, node-statsd will allow this error to bubble up. If you would like to catch the errors, just attach a listener to the socket property on the instance.
client.socket.on('error', function(error) {
  return console.error("Error in socket: ", error);

If you want to catch errors in sending a message then use the callback provided.


node-statsd is licensed under the MIT license. So is this.