Where can I visualize my service check in the Datadog UI?

Service checks can be visualize and used in 3 sections of the Datadog application:

  1. Check Summary
  2. Screenboards
  3. Custom check Monitor

1. Check Summary

To reach Check Summary you need to click on the "Monitors" tab then on "Check Summary"

This is the list of all your checks and their status reporting across your infrastructure in the past day.
Select a check to get insights on the number of distinct checks for each of its associated tags.

2. Screenboards

Service checks can be visualized in a "Check status" widget on Screenboards:


After clicking on the widget icon, the following pop-up appears:


In this form you can:

  • Check Name: Select your service check name
  • Reporting Timeframe: Select the time frame on which you want to aggregate your status 
  • Scoping: Select a single check or a cluster of check statuses reported by a single tag value or a tag group
  • Widget Title: Set your widget title 

3. Custom check Monitor

Even if you can't graph a custom check over time as you would for metrics, you can still monitor it.
In this case you need to go in monitor tab > new monitor, then select the "custom check" section:

A pop up appears, just configure your custom check monitor: 

In this form you can:

  • Pick a Custom Check: Select your check status name to monitor
  • Pick monitor scope: Select the context for your monitor (including/excluding tags)
  • Set alert conditions: Choose between a simple check alert or a cluster alert
  • Say what's happening: Edit the notification sent (find more here)
  • Notify your team: Choose who should be notified by this monitor


Worth noticing that service check monitors for out-of-the-box datadog integrations can be set in monitor tab > "Integration" > "Integration status" tab on the left. For instance with HAProxy integration: https://cl.ly/3X1n1V2e1d0s   

Learn how to write an agent check here.

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