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Datadog Tracing

ddtrace is a Datadog application performance monitoring (APM) library which provides an integration to monitor your LangChain application.

Key features of the ddtrace integration for LangChain:

  • Traces: Capture LangChain requests, parameters, prompt-completions, and help visualize LangChain operations.
  • Metrics: Capture LangChain request latency, errors, and token/cost usage (for OpenAI LLMs and chat models).
  • Logs: Store prompt completion data for each LangChain operation.
  • Dashboard: Combine metrics, logs, and trace data into a single plane to monitor LangChain requests.
  • Monitors: Provide alerts in response to spikes in LangChain request latency or error rate.

Note: The ddtrace LangChain integration currently provides tracing for LLMs, chat models, Text Embedding Models, Chains, and Vectorstores.

Installation and Setup​

  1. Enable APM and StatsD in your Datadog Agent, along with a Datadog API key. For example, in Docker:
docker run -d --cgroupns host \
--pid host \
-v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock:ro \
-v /proc/:/host/proc/:ro \
-v /sys/fs/cgroup/:/host/sys/fs/cgroup:ro \
-p \
-p \
-e DD_APM_ENABLED=true \
  1. Install the Datadog APM Python library.
pip install ddtrace>=1.17
  1. The LangChain integration can be enabled automatically when you prefix your LangChain Python application command with ddtrace-run:
DD_SERVICE="my-service" DD_ENV="staging" DD_API_KEY=<DATADOG_API_KEY> ddtrace-run python <your-app>.py

Note: If the Agent is using a non-default hostname or port, be sure to also set DD_AGENT_HOST, DD_TRACE_AGENT_PORT, or DD_DOGSTATSD_PORT.

Additionally, the LangChain integration can be enabled programmatically by adding patch_all() or patch(langchain=True) before the first import of langchain in your application.

Note that using ddtrace-run or patch_all() will also enable the requests and aiohttp integrations which trace HTTP requests to LLM providers, as well as the openai integration which traces requests to the OpenAI library.

from ddtrace import config, patch

# Note: be sure to configure the integration before calling ``patch()``!
# e.g. config.langchain["logs_enabled"] = True


# to trace synchronous HTTP requests
# patch(langchain=True, requests=True)

# to trace asynchronous HTTP requests (to the OpenAI library)
# patch(langchain=True, aiohttp=True)

# to include underlying OpenAI spans from the OpenAI integration
# patch(langchain=True, openai=True)patch_all

See the APM Python library documentation for more advanced usage.


See the APM Python library documentation for all the available configuration options.

Log Prompt & Completion Sampling​

To enable log prompt and completion sampling, set the DD_LANGCHAIN_LOGS_ENABLED=1 environment variable. By default, 10% of traced requests will emit logs containing the prompts and completions.

To adjust the log sample rate, see the APM library documentation.

Note: Logs submission requires DD_API_KEY to be specified when running ddtrace-run.


Need help? Create an issue on ddtrace or contact Datadog support.

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