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statsd is a simple and efficient Statsd client.

See the benchmark for a comparison with other Go StatsD clients.


  • Supports all StatsD metrics: counter, gauge, timing and set
  • Supports InfluxDB and Datadog tags
  • Fast and GC-friendly: all functions for sending metrics do not allocate
  • Efficient: metrics are buffered by default
  • Simple and clean API
  • 100% test coverage
  • Versioned API using



go get


See the examples in the documentation.




Do you have any question the documentation does not answer? Is there a use case that you feel is common and is not well-addressed by the current API?

If so you are more than welcome to ask questions in the thread on golang-nuts or open an issue or send a pull-request here on Github.



Package statsd is a simple and efficient StatsD client.


Use options to configure the Client: target host/port, sampling rate, tags, etc.

Whenever you want to use different options (e.g. other tags, different sampling rate), you should use the Clone() method of the Client.

Because when cloning a Client, the same connection is reused so this is way cheaper and more efficient than creating another Client using New().


Client's methods buffer metrics. The buffer is flushed when either:

  • the background goroutine flushes the buffer (every 100ms by default)
  • the buffer is full (1440 bytes by default so that IP packets are not fragmented)

The background goroutine can be disabled using the FlushPeriod(0) option.

Buffering can be disabled using the MaxPacketSize(0) option.

StatsD homepage:

c, err := statsd.New() // Connect to the UDP port 8125 by default.
if err != nil {
	// If nothing is listening on the target port, an error is returned and
	// the returned client does nothing but is still usable. So we can
	// just log the error and go on.
defer c.Close()

// Increment a counter.

// Gauge something.
c.Gauge("num_goroutine", runtime.NumGoroutine())

// Time something.
t := c.NewTiming()

// It can also be used as a one-liner to easily time a function.
pingHomepage := func() {
	defer c.NewTiming().Send("homepage.response_time")


// Cloning a Client allows using different parameters while still using the
// same connection.
// This is way cheaper and more efficient than using New().
stat := c.Clone(statsd.Prefix("http"), statsd.SampleRate(0.2))
stat.Increment("view") // Increments http.view




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type Client

type Client struct {
	// contains filtered or unexported fields

A Client represents a StatsD client.

func New

func New(opts ...Option) (*Client, error)

New returns a new Client.

func (*Client) Clone

func (c *Client) Clone(opts ...Option) *Client

Clone returns a clone of the Client. The cloned Client inherits its configuration from its parent.

All cloned Clients share the same connection, so cloning a Client is a cheap operation.

c, err := statsd.New(statsd.Prefix("my_app"))
if err != nil {

httpStats := c.Clone(statsd.Prefix("http"))
httpStats.Increment("") // Increments:

func (*Client) Close

func (c *Client) Close()

Close flushes the Client's buffer and releases the associated ressources. The Client and all the cloned Clients must not be used afterward.

func (*Client) Count

func (c *Client) Count(bucket string, n interface{})

Count adds n to bucket.

func (*Client) Flush

func (c *Client) Flush()

Flush flushes the Client's buffer.

func (*Client) Gauge

func (c *Client) Gauge(bucket string, value interface{})

Gauge records an absolute value for the given bucket.

func (*Client) Histogram

func (c *Client) Histogram(bucket string, value interface{})

Histogram sends an histogram value to a bucket.

func (*Client) Increment

func (c *Client) Increment(bucket string)

Increment increment the given bucket. It is equivalent to Count(bucket, 1).

func (*Client) NewTiming

func (c *Client) NewTiming() Timing

NewTiming creates a new Timing.

// Send a timing metric each time the function is run.
defer c.NewTiming().Send("homepage.response_time")

func (*Client) Timing

func (c *Client) Timing(bucket string, value interface{})

Timing sends a timing value to a bucket.

func (*Client) Unique

func (c *Client) Unique(bucket string, value string)

Unique sends the given value to a set bucket.

type Option

type Option func(*config)

An Option represents an option for a Client. It must be used as an argument to New() or Client.Clone().

func Address

func Address(addr string) Option

Address sets the address of the StatsD daemon.

By default, ":8125" is used. This option is ignored in Client.Clone().

c, err = statsd.New(statsd.Address(""))

func ErrorHandler

func ErrorHandler(h func(error)) Option

ErrorHandler sets the function called when an error happens when sending metrics (e.g. the StatsD daemon is not listening anymore).

By default, these errors are ignored. This option is ignored in Client.Clone().

c, err = statsd.New(statsd.ErrorHandler(func(err error) {

func FlushPeriod

func FlushPeriod(p time.Duration) Option

FlushPeriod sets how often the Client's buffer is flushed. If p is 0, the goroutine that periodically flush the buffer is not lauched and the buffer is only flushed when it is full.

By default, the flush period is 100 ms. This option is ignored in Client.Clone().

c, err = statsd.New(statsd.FlushPeriod(10 * time.Millisecond))

func MaxPacketSize

func MaxPacketSize(n int) Option

MaxPacketSize sets the maximum packet size in bytes sent by the Client.

By default, it is 1440 to avoid IP fragmentation. This option is ignored in Client.Clone().

c, err = statsd.New(statsd.MaxPacketSize(512))

func Mute

func Mute(b bool) Option

Mute sets whether the Client is muted. All methods of a muted Client do nothing and return immedialtly.

This option can be used in Client.Clone() only if the parent Client is not muted. The clones of a muted Client are always muted.

c, err := statsd.New(statsd.Mute(true))
if err != nil {
c.Increment("") // Does nothing.

func Network

func Network(network string) Option

Network sets the network (udp, tcp, etc) used by the client. See the net.Dial documentation ( for the available network options.

By default, network is udp. This option is ignored in Client.Clone().

// Send metrics using a TCP connection.
c, err = statsd.New(statsd.Network("tcp"))

func Prefix

func Prefix(p string) Option

Prefix appends the prefix that will be used in every bucket name.

Note that when used in cloned, the prefix of the parent Client is not replaced but is prepended to the given prefix.

c, err := statsd.New(statsd.Prefix("my_app"))
if err != nil {
c.Increment("") // Increments:

func SampleRate

func SampleRate(rate float32) Option

SampleRate sets the sample rate of the Client. It allows sending the metrics less often which can be useful for performance intensive code paths.

c, err = statsd.New(statsd.SampleRate(0.2)) // Send metrics 20% of the time.

func Tags

func Tags(tags ...string) Option

Tags appends the given tags to the tags sent with every metrics. If a tag already exists, it is replaced.

The tags must be set as key-value pairs. If the number of tags is not even, Tags panics.

If the format of tags have not been set using the TagsFormat option, the tags will be ignored.

c, err = statsd.New(
	statsd.Tags("region", "us", "app", "my_app"),

func TagsFormat

func TagsFormat(tf TagFormat) Option

TagsFormat sets the format of tags.

c, err = statsd.New(statsd.TagsFormat(statsd.InfluxDB))

type TagFormat

type TagFormat uint8

TagFormat represents the format of tags sent by a Client.

const (
	// InfluxDB tag format.
	// See
	InfluxDB TagFormat = iota + 1
	// Datadog tag format.
	// See

type Timing

type Timing struct {
	// contains filtered or unexported fields

A Timing is an helper object that eases sending timing values.

func (Timing) Duration

func (t Timing) Duration() time.Duration

Duration returns the time elapsed since the creation of the Timing.

func (Timing) Send

func (t Timing) Send(bucket string)

Send sends the time elapsed since the creation of the Timing.

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