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New Relic Telemetry Integration (native DSK)

Document updated on Feb 6, 2024

The New Relic native integration lets you push KrakenD metrics and distributed traces to your New Relic dashboard. It uses internally the official New Relic SDK and brings its features to your APM dashboard.

How is the native SDK integration different from OpenTelemetry?
Open-source and Enterprise users can also report traces and metrics to New Relic using the OpenTelemetry integration. Nevertheless, New Relic supports an OTLP specification dated from November 2021 (v1.8.0), which is two years behind the current OTLP protocol at the time of writing. The native SDK component in KrakenD uses their official toolset, and sends richer data and is easier to set up without needing an external collector.

Examples of the data you can see on New Relic:

NewRelic integration screenshot
NewRelic integration screenshot
NewRelic integration screenshot
NewRelic integration screenshot
NewRelic integration screenshot
NewRelic integration screenshot

New Relic configuration

Logs are not part of this component
If you want to see your logs on NewRelic, you must forward them using your preferred solution.

To add KrakenD telemetry reporting to New Relic, you only need add the following configuration with your API Key:

    "version": 3,
    "name": "My KrakenD API gateway",
    "extra_config": {
        "telemetry/newrelic": {
            "license": "XXXX",
            "debug": true

This is all the configuration you need for New Relic, and you don’t need to install anything else to see metrics and traces, everything else is automatic, including choosing the region to push the data (which is linked to your license).

The service name in the New Relic dashboard will match the name attribute in the root of your KrakenD configuration.

Fields of NewRelic exporter
* required fields

Set to true when configuring New Relic for the first time while in development, to see the activity in the logs. Set to false in production.
Defaults to false

Defines an explicit list of headers sent during the client request that will be reported to NewRelic, in addition to the default headers NewRelic sets. Setting the ["*"] value will send all headers sent by the client to NewRelic. Whether you declare this setting or not, you will usually receive from the NewRelic SDK the Accept, Content-Type, User-Agent, and Referer headers.
Example: ["*"]
license  *

The API key provided by New Relic to push data into your account.


If you don’t see reports in your New Relic account after sending activity to KrakenD, enable the debug flag locally to see what is happening. The logs will show information to help you understand what is going on.

The logger should be configured with a DEBUG level to see these messages.

Getting your API Key from New Relic

To set the license attribute on KrakenD you need to:

  1. Go to your account, and select API keys Setting an API Key
  2. In the API keys screen, select Create a key Setting an API Key
  3. Select the Key type Ingest - License from the dropdown and create the key Setting an API Key
  4. Copy the resulting API key into the configuration.

The screenshots and options above might change as a result of NewRelic continuous improvement of their interfaces.


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