Timeseries API v1 - GET definition of a metric

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Gets the definition of the specified metric.

The request produces an application/json payload.

  • Managed https://{your-domain}/e/{your-environment-id}/api/v1/timeseries/{timeseriesIdentifier}
  • SaaS https://{your-environment-id}.live.dynatrace.com/api/v1/timeseries/{timeseriesIdentifier}
  • Environment ActiveGate https://{your-activegate-domain}/e/{your-environment-id}/api/v1/timeseries/{timeseriesIdentifier}


To execute this request, you need the Access problem and event feed, metrics, and topology (DataExport) permission assigned to your API token. To learn how to obtain and use it, see Tokens and authentication.


To get a definition of the metric but not its data points, set the includeData parameter to false.

Parameter Type Description In Required
timeseriesId string Case-sensitive ID of the metric from which you want to read parameters.

You can execute a GET metric definitions request to obtain the list of available metrics.
path required
includeData boolean Flag to include data points to the response. Set to false to obtain just the definition of the metric. query optional


The result is a JSON object that contains metric parameters. The TimeseriesDataPointQueryResult object is omitted in this case.

Response codes

Code Description


Response body

The TimeseriesQueryResult object

The configuration of a metric with all its parameters and, optionally, data points.

Element Type Description
timeseriesId string

The ID of the metric.

displayName string

The name of the metric in the user interface.

dimensions string[]

The fine metric division, for example process group and process ID for some process-related metric.

aggregationTypes string[]

The list of allowed aggregations for this metric.

unit string

The unit of the metric.

filter string

The feature, where the metric originates.

detailedSource string

The feature, where the metric originates.

pluginId string

The ID of the plugin, where the metric originates.

types string[]

Technology type definition. Used to group metrics under a logical technology name.

dataResult TimeseriesDataPointQueryResult
warnings string[]

The warnings that occurred while creating the metric.

The TimeseriesDataPointQueryResult object

List of metric's datapoints, as well as their parameters.

Element Type Description
dataPoints object

Data points of a metric.

A JSON object that maps the ID of the entity that delivered the data points and an array, which consists of arrays of the data point float values.

May contain more than one entity ID per record (for example, a host and its network interface). In such cases, entity IDs are separated by commas.

A datapoint contains a value and a timestamp, at which the value was recorded.

Dynatrace stores data in time slots. The dataPoints object shows the starting timestamp of the slot. If the startTimestamp or endTimestamp of your query lies inside of the data time slot, this time slot is included into response. Due to the fact that the timestamp of the first data point lies outside of the specified timeframe, you will see earlier timestamp than the specified startTimestamp in the first data point of the response.

There are three versions of data points:

  • Numeric datapoint: Contains a numeric value.
  • Enum datapoint: Contains an enum value, currently only for availability timeseries.
  • Prediction datapoint: Similar to the numeric datapoint, but it contains a confidence interval, within which the future values are expected to be.
timeseriesId string

The ID of the metric.

unit string

The unit of data points.

resolutionInMillisUTC integer

The resolution of data points.

aggregationType string

The type of data points aggregation.

entities object

The list of entities where the data points originate.

A JSON object that maps the entity ID in Dynatrace and the actual name of the entity.


In this example, the request asks for the definition of the Actions per session (com.dynatrace.builtin:app.actionspersession) metric.

The API token is passed in the Authorization header.


curl -X GET \
  https://mySampleEnv.live.dynatrace.com/api/v1/timeseries/com.dynatrace.builtin:app.actionspersession?includeData=false \
  -H 'Authorization: Api-Token abcdefjhij1234567890'

Request URL


Response content

  "timeseriesId": "com.dynatrace.builtin:app.actionspersession",
  "displayName": "Actions per session",
  "dimensions": [
  "unit": "PerMinute (count/min)",
  "detailedSource": "Web application",
  "types": [],
  "aggregationTypes": [
  "filter": "BUILTIN"

Response code