Integrate Amazon CloudWatch Metric Streams

Dynatrace integration with Amazon CloudWatch Metric Streams provides a simple and safe way to ingest AWS metrics. Amazon CloudWatch Metric Streams allows all metrics issued in a given AWS region to be streamed through Kinesis Firehose to the Dynatrace API.

ActiveGate isn't required for this integration.


  • Create an API token in your Dynatrace environment and enable the Ingest metrics permission.
  • Determine the API URL for your environment:
    • For Dynatrace SaaS
    • For Dynatrace Managed
    • For ActiveGate

To determine <your_environment_ID>, see environment ID.

Set up a Metric Streams client

You can set up a Metric Streams client with a CloudFormation template or in the AWS console. See below for instructions.

Cloudformation automatically streams all metrics. If you want to restrict which metrics are streamed use the manual approach in the AWS console.

CloudFormation allows you to deploy a Metric Streams client using a single deployment command to create a stack that groups multiple AWS resources. This approach is faster and makes AWS resource management easier.

You need one client stack for each region you want to monitor. Once deployed, the client starts streaming all metrics produced in its region.

Deploy the Metric Streams client for a default region

To fetch the CloudFormation template and deploy it to your AWS account, run the command below. Be sure to replace <your_API_URL> and <your_API_token> with your own values. Consult the parameters table that follows for details.

Note: If you have AWS CLI configured, you can use a Bash-compliant shell. Otherwise, you can use CloudShell, which is available in the AWS console.


wget -O dynatrace-aws-metric-streams-client.yaml && \
 aws cloudformation deploy --capabilities CAPABILITY_NAMED_IAM --template-file ./dynatrace-aws-metric-streams-client.yaml --stack-name $STACK_NAME --parameter-overrides DynatraceEnvironmentUrl=$DYNATRACE_ENV_URL DynatraceApiKey=$DYNATRACE_API_KEY RequireValidCertificate=$REQUIRE_VALID_CERTIFICATE FirehoseHttpDeliveryEndpoint=$DELIVERY_ENDPOINT

Deploy the Metric Streams client for other regions

The command above uses the default AWS CLI profile and its default region. To change the profile and region, you can export additional variables such as AWS_DEFAULT_REGION and AWS_PROFILE and rerun the deployment command. If you are using CloudShell, you can change the region in the AWS console instead. For details on how to configure the AWS CLI, see Environment variables to configure the AWS CLI.

If you already created a Metric Streams client with the CloudFormation template and you want to restrict streaming to selected metrics only, do the following:

  1. In the AWS console, go to Cloudformation.
  2. Select the stack you created in the CloudFormation deployment.
  3. In Stack information, select Delete.
  4. Follow the instructions on how to set up a Metric Streams client in the AWS console.

View metrics using preset dashboards

Once you deploy the Metric Streams client, you can use the predefined dashboards from the GitHub repository in the Dynatrace web UI to visualize your ingested data.

  • Dynatrace versions 1.206+
  • Install Python 3 (no additional libraries are required)
  • Enable the Read configuration and Write configuration permissions for your API token

To upload preset dashboards from GitHub

  1. Get from the GitHub repository.
curl -o
  1. Create a dashboards directory next to

  2. Add any dashboard definition from GitHub to your dashboards directory.
    Note: Each dashboard definition is a single JSON file located in the folders of the GitHub repository.

  3. Run the script below. Be sure to replace <your_dynatrace_cluster_version>, <your_API_token>, and <your_API_URL> with your own values. Consult the parameters table that follows for details.

python3 --cluster-version <your_dynatrace_cluster_version> --dynatrace-api-token <your_API_token> --dynatrace-env-url <your_API_URL>

Example command

python3 --cluster-version 206 --dynatrace-api-token 123456789 --dynatrace-env-url