Create custom metrics with the API

This document describes how to create custom metrics and how to write custom metric data by using the Cloud Monitoring API.

Custom metrics use the same elements that the built-in Cloud Monitoring metrics use:

  • A set of data points.
  • Metric-type information, which tells you what the data points represent.
  • Monitored-resource information, which tells you where the data points originated.

Custom metrics can be used in the same way as built-in metrics. That is, you can create charts and alerts for your custom-metric data.

Before you begin

To learn about the structures that underlie all metrics, see Metrics, time series, and resources

To use Cloud Monitoring, you must have a Cloud project with billing enabled. When necessary, do the following:

  1. In the Google Cloud console, on the project selector page, select or create a Google Cloud project.

    Go to project selector

  2. Make sure that billing is enabled for your Cloud project. Learn how to check if billing is enabled on a project.

  3. Ensure the Monitoring API is enabled. For details, see Enabling the Monitoring API.
  4. For applications running outside of Google Cloud, your Cloud project must authenticate your application. Typically, you configure authentication by creating a service account for your project and by configuring an environment variable.

    For applications you run on an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, create the service account for the instance's AWS connector project.

    For information about creating a service account, see Getting started with authentication.

Create a custom metric

To create a custom metric, you either define a MetricDescriptor object that specifies various information about the metric, or you write metric data. When you write metric data, Monitoring creates the metric descriptor for you based on the structure of the data you provide. For information about designing a metric descriptor, see Metric descriptors for custom metrics.

Auto-creation of metric descriptors

If you write metric data when a metric descriptor for that custom metric doesn't yet exist, then a metric descriptor is created automatically. However, this new metric descriptor might not be exactly what you want; auto-creation of metric descriptors involves some assumptions and defaults.

Cloud Monitoring creates a new MetricDescriptor when the TimeSeries object included in a call to timeSeries.create references a Metric object that specifies a nonexistent metric-type name. Cloud Monitoring uses the following rules to populate the MetricDescriptor:

  • type: The type is copied from the Metric object's type field.
  • name: The name is created from the project ID in the method call and the value of the type in the Metric object.
  • labels: The labels that appear in the Metric object. Each label descriptor in the new metric descriptor has the following fields:
    • key: the label key in the Metric object.
    • valueType: STRING
    • description: not set
  • metricKind: The metric kind is set to GAUGE unless you specify the metricKind parameter of the TimeSeries object. When you specify the metricKind, the new metric has that kind. You can specify only GAUGE and CUMULATIVE kinds.
  • valueType: The value type is taken from the typed value of the Point being written. The value type must be BOOL, INT64, DOUBLE, or DISTRIBUTION. When you specify a value type in the valueType field of the TimeSeries, that type must match the type of the Point.
  • unit: not set
  • description: "Auto created custom metric.".
  • displayName: not set

In a single timeSeries.create call, you can include multiple TimeSeries objects that refer to the same nonexistent metric type. In that case, the labels in the new metric descriptor consist of the union of all the labels in the Metric objects in all the time series in this call to create.

Next step: See Write custom-metric data.

Manual creation of metric descriptors

To create a metric descriptor, do the following:

  1. Determine the structure of your metric descriptor. For help in making these choices, you can browse the built-in metrics and look at their time series data:

    1. Choose a metric name for your custom metric.

    2. Choose a display name and description for your metric. The display name is used in the Google Cloud console.

    3. Choose a project or projects in which to define your custom metric and write its time series data. When you need the same metric in several projects, make identical definitions of the metric in each project.

      To write custom metrics from resources managed by an AWS account, create the metric descriptor in the AWS connector project for that account.

    4. Determine the metric's kind, value type, and (optionally) units. Not all value types and metric kinds are supported for custom metrics. For more information on these fields, see Value types and metric kinds.

    5. Choose the metric's labels—their names, value types, and descriptions.

  2. Determine the monitored resources against which the metric data is written. Choose from the following list:

  3. Create a MetricDescriptor object, and then pass it as an argument to a call to the metricDescriptors.create method.

It is usually an error to call metricDescriptors.create using the same type name as an existing metric descriptor. However, if all the fields of the new MetricDescriptor object match the fields of the existing descriptor exactly, then it isn't an error but it has no effect.

In the following example, you create a gauge custom metric.

Protocol

To create a metric descriptor, use the metricDescriptors.create method. You can execute this method by using the APIs Explorer widget on the method's reference page. See APIs Explorer for more information.

The following are the sample parameters to metricDescriptors.create:

  • name (URL): projects/[PROJECT_ID]
  • Request body: supply a MetricDescriptor object such as the following:

    {
      "name": "",
      "description": "Daily sales records from all branch stores.",
      "displayName": "Sales",
      "type": "custom.googleapis.com/stores/sales",
      "metricKind": "CUMULATIVE",
      "valueType": "DOUBLE",
      "unit": "{USD}",
      "labels": [
        {
          "key": "store_id",
          "valueType": "STRING",
          "description": "The ID of the store."
        },
      ],
    }
    

Supply these values to the fields in the widget, using your project's ID in place of [PROJECT_ID]:

Try this API dialog populated with the request body to create a metric descriptor.

Click the Execute button to run the method.

Try It!

When creating a new custom metric, the name field in the MetricDescriptor is ignored and can be omitted. The create method returns the new metric descriptor with the name field filled in, which in this example would be the following:

"name": "projects/[PROJECT_ID]/metricDescriptors/custom.googleapis.com/stores/daily_sales"

If, for example, you want to get a metric's descriptor, you use this name.

C#

        public static object CreateMetric(string projectId,
            string metricType = "custom.googleapis.com/stores/daily_sales")
        {
            // Create client.
            MetricServiceClient metricServiceClient = MetricServiceClient.Create();

            // Prepare custom metric descriptor.      
            MetricDescriptor metricDescriptor = new MetricDescriptor();
            metricDescriptor.DisplayName = "Daily Sales";
            metricDescriptor.Description = "Daily sales records from all branch stores.";
            metricDescriptor.MetricKind = MetricKind.Gauge;
            metricDescriptor.ValueType = MetricDescriptor.Types.ValueType.Double;
            metricDescriptor.Type = metricType;
            metricDescriptor.Unit = "{USD}";
            LabelDescriptor labels = new LabelDescriptor();
            labels.Key = "store_id";
            labels.ValueType = LabelDescriptor.Types.ValueType.String;
            labels.Description = "The ID of the store.";
            metricDescriptor.Labels.Add(labels);
            CreateMetricDescriptorRequest request = new CreateMetricDescriptorRequest
            {
                ProjectName = new ProjectName(projectId),
            };
            request.MetricDescriptor = metricDescriptor;
            // Make the request.
            MetricDescriptor response = metricServiceClient.CreateMetricDescriptor(request);
            Console.WriteLine("Done creating metric descriptor:");
            Console.WriteLine(JObject.Parse($"{response}").ToString());
            return 0;
        }

Go


import (
	"context"
	"fmt"
	"io"

	monitoring "cloud.google.com/go/monitoring/apiv3"
	"google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/api/label"
	"google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/api/metric"
	metricpb "google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/api/metric"
	monitoringpb "google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/monitoring/v3"
)

// createCustomMetric creates a custom metric specified by the metric type.
func createCustomMetric(w io.Writer, projectID, metricType string) (*metricpb.MetricDescriptor, error) {
	ctx := context.Background()
	c, err := monitoring.NewMetricClient(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return nil, err
	}
	defer c.Close()
	md := &metric.MetricDescriptor{
		Name: "Custom Metric",
		Type: metricType,
		Labels: []*label.LabelDescriptor{{
			Key:         "environment",
			ValueType:   label.LabelDescriptor_STRING,
			Description: "An arbitrary measurement",
		}},
		MetricKind:  metric.MetricDescriptor_GAUGE,
		ValueType:   metric.MetricDescriptor_INT64,
		Unit:        "s",
		Description: "An arbitrary measurement",
		DisplayName: "Custom Metric",
	}
	req := &monitoringpb.CreateMetricDescriptorRequest{
		Name:             "projects/" + projectID,
		MetricDescriptor: md,
	}
	m, err := c.CreateMetricDescriptor(ctx, req)
	if err != nil {
		return nil, fmt.Errorf("could not create custom metric: %v", err)
	}

	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Created %s\n", m.GetName())
	return m, nil
}

Java

// Your Google Cloud Platform project ID
String projectId = System.getProperty("projectId");
String metricType = CUSTOM_METRIC_DOMAIN + "/" + type;

final MetricServiceClient client = MetricServiceClient.create();
ProjectName name = ProjectName.of(projectId);

MetricDescriptor descriptor =
    MetricDescriptor.newBuilder()
        .setType(metricType)
        .addLabels(
            LabelDescriptor.newBuilder()
                .setKey("store_id")
                .setValueType(LabelDescriptor.ValueType.STRING))
        .setDescription("This is a simple example of a custom metric.")
        .setMetricKind(MetricDescriptor.MetricKind.GAUGE)
        .setValueType(MetricDescriptor.ValueType.DOUBLE)
        .build();

CreateMetricDescriptorRequest request =
    CreateMetricDescriptorRequest.newBuilder()
        .setName(name.toString())
        .setMetricDescriptor(descriptor)
        .build();

client.createMetricDescriptor(request);

Node.js

// Imports the Google Cloud client library
const monitoring = require('@google-cloud/monitoring');

// Creates a client
const client = new monitoring.MetricServiceClient();

/**
 * TODO(developer): Uncomment and edit the following lines of code.
 */
// const projectId = 'YOUR_PROJECT_ID';
async function createMetricDescriptor() {
  const request = {
    name: client.projectPath(projectId),
    metricDescriptor: {
      description: 'Daily sales records from all branch stores.',
      displayName: 'Daily Sales',
      type: 'custom.googleapis.com/stores/daily_sales',
      metricKind: 'GAUGE',
      valueType: 'DOUBLE',
      unit: '{USD}',
      labels: [
        {
          key: 'store_id',
          valueType: 'STRING',
          description: 'The ID of the store.',
        },
      ],
    },
  };

  // Creates a custom metric descriptor
  const [descriptor] = await client.createMetricDescriptor(request);
  console.log('Created custom Metric:\n');
  console.log(`Name: ${descriptor.displayName}`);
  console.log(`Description: ${descriptor.description}`);
  console.log(`Type: ${descriptor.type}`);
  console.log(`Kind: ${descriptor.metricKind}`);
  console.log(`Value Type: ${descriptor.valueType}`);
  console.log(`Unit: ${descriptor.unit}`);
  console.log('Labels:');
  descriptor.labels.forEach(label => {
    console.log(`  ${label.key} (${label.valueType}) - ${label.description}`);
  });
}
createMetricDescriptor();

PHP

use Google\Cloud\Monitoring\V3\MetricServiceClient;
use Google\Api\LabelDescriptor;
use Google\Api\MetricDescriptor;

/**
 * Create a new metric in Stackdriver Monitoring.
 * Example:
 * ```
 * create_metric($projectId);
 * ```
 *
 * @param string $projectId Your project ID
 */
function create_metric($projectId)
{
    $metrics = new MetricServiceClient([
        'projectId' => $projectId,
    ]);

    $projectName = $metrics->projectName($projectId);

    $descriptor = new MetricDescriptor();
    $descriptor->setDescription('Daily sales records from all branch stores.');
    $descriptor->setDisplayName('Daily Sales');
    $descriptor->setType('custom.googleapis.com/stores/daily_sales');
    $descriptor->setMetricKind(MetricDescriptor\MetricKind::GAUGE);
    $descriptor->setValueType(MetricDescriptor\ValueType::DOUBLE);
    $descriptor->setUnit('{USD}');
    $label = new LabelDescriptor();
    $label->setKey('store_id');
    $label->setValueType(LabelDescriptor\ValueType::STRING);
    $label->setDescription('The ID of the store.');
    $labels = [$label];
    $descriptor->setLabels($labels);

    $descriptor = $metrics->createMetricDescriptor($projectName, $descriptor);
    printf('Created a metric: ' . $descriptor->getName() . PHP_EOL);
}

Python

from google.api import label_pb2 as ga_label
from google.api import metric_pb2 as ga_metric
from google.cloud import monitoring_v3

client = monitoring_v3.MetricServiceClient()
project_name = f"projects/{project_id}"
descriptor = ga_metric.MetricDescriptor()
descriptor.type = "custom.googleapis.com/my_metric" + str(uuid.uuid4())
descriptor.metric_kind = ga_metric.MetricDescriptor.MetricKind.GAUGE
descriptor.value_type = ga_metric.MetricDescriptor.ValueType.DOUBLE
descriptor.description = "This is a simple example of a custom metric."

labels = ga_label.LabelDescriptor()
labels.key = "TestLabel"
labels.value_type = ga_label.LabelDescriptor.ValueType.STRING
labels.description = "This is a test label"
descriptor.labels.append(labels)

descriptor = client.create_metric_descriptor(
    name=project_name, metric_descriptor=descriptor
)
print("Created {}.".format(descriptor.name))

Ruby

# Your Google Cloud Platform project ID
# project_id = "YOUR_PROJECT_ID"

# Example metric type
# metric_type = "custom.googleapis.com/my_metric"

client = Google::Cloud::Monitoring.metric_service
project_name = client.project_path project: project_id

descriptor = Google::Api::MetricDescriptor.new(
  type:        metric_type,
  metric_kind: Google::Api::MetricDescriptor::MetricKind::GAUGE,
  value_type:  Google::Api::MetricDescriptor::ValueType::DOUBLE,
  description: "This is a simple example of a custom metric."
)

result = client.create_metric_descriptor name:              project_name,
                                         metric_descriptor: descriptor
p "Created #{result.name}"
p result

See Troubleshoot API calls if you have difficulty.

Next step: See Write custom-metric data.

Write custom metrics

You can write data only to metric types for custom metrics. To write your data, use the timeSeries.create method. When the time series exists, this method appends a new data point to the existing time series. When the time series doesn't exist, this method creates it and appends the data.

You write data points by passing a list of TimeSeries objects to timeSeries.create. The maximum list size is 200 and each object in the list must specify a different time series:

  • The values of metric and resource fields identify a specific TimeSeries object. These fields represent the metric type of the data and the monitored resource from which the data was collected.
  • Omit the fields metricKind and valueType; they are ignored when writing data points.
  • Each TimeSeries object must contain only a single Point object:

    • The point's value and time interval must be consistent with the metric type's definition. For information on time intervals for different metric kinds, see TimeInterval.
    • The point's time interval must be later than any point already in the time series.
    • The end time of the interval must not be more than 25 hours in the past or more than five minutes in the future.
  • To write more than one point to the same time series, use a separate call to the timeSeries.create method for each point. Don't write data to a single time series faster than one point each 5 seconds. When you add data points to different time series, there is no rate limitation.

Protocol

To write metric data, use the timeSeries.create method. You can execute this method by using the APIs Explorer widget on the method's reference page. See APIs Explorer for more information.

To write a point to the stores/daily_sales custom metric created in the Manual creation of metric descriptors:

  1. Go to the reference page for timeSeries.create.
  2. Supply the parameters below to the APIs Explorer widget.
  3. Click the Execute button.

Use the following sample parameters:

  • name: projects/[PROJECT_ID]
  • request body: include a list of TimeSeries objects. The following sample has only one time series in the list.

    {
     "timeSeries": [
      {
       "metric": {
        "type": "custom.googleapis.com/my_metric",
        "labels": {
         "my_label": "my_value"
        }
       },
       "resource": {
        "type": "gce_instance",
        "labels": {
         "project_id": "[PROJECT_ID]",
         "instance_id": "1234567890123456789",
         "zone": "us-central1-f"
        }
       },
       "points": [
        {
         "interval": {
          "endTime": "2018-06-01T10:00:00-04:00"
         },
         "value": {
          "doubleValue": 123.45
         }
        }
       ]
      }
     ]
    }
    

Try It!

C#

        public static object WriteTimeSeriesData(string projectId)
        {
            // Create client.
            MetricServiceClient metricServiceClient = MetricServiceClient.Create();
            // Initialize request argument(s).
            ProjectName name = new ProjectName(projectId);
            // Prepare a data point. 
            Point dataPoint = new Point();
            TypedValue salesTotal = new TypedValue();
            salesTotal.DoubleValue = 123.45;
            dataPoint.Value = salesTotal;
            Timestamp timeStamp = new Timestamp();
            timeStamp.Seconds = (long)(DateTime.UtcNow - s_unixEpoch).TotalSeconds;
            TimeInterval interval = new TimeInterval();
            interval.EndTime = timeStamp;
            dataPoint.Interval = interval;

            // Prepare custom metric.
            Metric metric = new Metric();
            metric.Type = "custom.googleapis.com/stores/daily_sales";
            metric.Labels.Add("store_id", "Pittsburgh");

            // Prepare monitored resource.
            MonitoredResource resource = new MonitoredResource();
            resource.Type = "global";
            resource.Labels.Add("project_id", projectId);

            // Create a new time series using inputs.
            TimeSeries timeSeriesData = new TimeSeries();
            timeSeriesData.Metric = metric;
            timeSeriesData.Resource = resource;
            timeSeriesData.Points.Add(dataPoint);

            // Add newly created time series to list of time series to be written.
            IEnumerable<TimeSeries> timeSeries = new List<TimeSeries> { timeSeriesData };
            // Write time series data.
            metricServiceClient.CreateTimeSeries(name, timeSeries);
            Console.WriteLine("Done writing time series data:");
            Console.WriteLine(JObject.Parse($"{timeSeriesData}").ToString());
            return 0;
        }

Go


// writeTimeSeriesValue writes a value for the custom metric created
func writeTimeSeriesValue(projectID, metricType string) error {
	ctx := context.Background()
	c, err := monitoring.NewMetricClient(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return err
	}
	defer c.Close()
	now := &timestamp.Timestamp{
		Seconds: time.Now().Unix(),
	}
	req := &monitoringpb.CreateTimeSeriesRequest{
		Name: "projects/" + projectID,
		TimeSeries: []*monitoringpb.TimeSeries{{
			Metric: &metricpb.Metric{
				Type: metricType,
				Labels: map[string]string{
					"environment": "STAGING",
				},
			},
			Resource: &monitoredres.MonitoredResource{
				Type: "gce_instance",
				Labels: map[string]string{
					"instance_id": "test-instance",
					"zone":        "us-central1-f",
				},
			},
			Points: []*monitoringpb.Point{{
				Interval: &monitoringpb.TimeInterval{
					StartTime: now,
					EndTime:   now,
				},
				Value: &monitoringpb.TypedValue{
					Value: &monitoringpb.TypedValue_Int64Value{
						Int64Value: rand.Int63n(10),
					},
				},
			}},
		}},
	}
	log.Printf("writeTimeseriesRequest: %+v\n", req)

	err = c.CreateTimeSeries(ctx, req)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("could not write time series value, %v ", err)
	}
	return nil
}

Java

String projectId = System.getProperty("projectId");
// Instantiates a client
MetricServiceClient metricServiceClient = MetricServiceClient.create();

// Prepares an individual data point
TimeInterval interval =
    TimeInterval.newBuilder()
        .setEndTime(Timestamps.fromMillis(System.currentTimeMillis()))
        .build();
TypedValue value = TypedValue.newBuilder().setDoubleValue(123.45).build();
Point point = Point.newBuilder().setInterval(interval).setValue(value).build();

List<Point> pointList = new ArrayList<>();
pointList.add(point);

ProjectName name = ProjectName.of(projectId);

// Prepares the metric descriptor
Map<String, String> metricLabels = new HashMap<>();
Metric metric =
    Metric.newBuilder()
        .setType("custom.googleapis.com/my_metric")
        .putAllLabels(metricLabels)
        .build();

// Prepares the monitored resource descriptor
Map<String, String> resourceLabels = new HashMap<>();
resourceLabels.put("instance_id", "1234567890123456789");
resourceLabels.put("zone", "us-central1-f");

MonitoredResource resource =
    MonitoredResource.newBuilder().setType("gce_instance").putAllLabels(resourceLabels).build();

// Prepares the time series request
TimeSeries timeSeries =
    TimeSeries.newBuilder()
        .setMetric(metric)
        .setResource(resource)
        .addAllPoints(pointList)
        .build();

List<TimeSeries> timeSeriesList = new ArrayList<>();
timeSeriesList.add(timeSeries);

CreateTimeSeriesRequest request =
    CreateTimeSeriesRequest.newBuilder()
        .setName(name.toString())
        .addAllTimeSeries(timeSeriesList)
        .build();

// Writes time series data
metricServiceClient.createTimeSeries(request);
System.out.println("Done writing time series value.");

Node.js

// Imports the Google Cloud client library
const monitoring = require('@google-cloud/monitoring');

// Creates a client
const client = new monitoring.MetricServiceClient();

async function writeTimeSeriesData() {
  /**
   * TODO(developer): Uncomment and edit the following lines of code.
   */
  // const projectId = 'YOUR_PROJECT_ID';

  const dataPoint = {
    interval: {
      endTime: {
        seconds: Date.now() / 1000,
      },
    },
    value: {
      doubleValue: 123.45,
    },
  };

  const timeSeriesData = {
    metric: {
      type: 'custom.googleapis.com/stores/daily_sales',
      labels: {
        store_id: 'Pittsburgh',
      },
    },
    resource: {
      type: 'global',
      labels: {
        project_id: projectId,
      },
    },
    points: [dataPoint],
  };

  const request = {
    name: client.projectPath(projectId),
    timeSeries: [timeSeriesData],
  };

  // Writes time series data
  const result = await client.createTimeSeries(request);
  console.log('Done writing time series data.', result);
}
writeTimeSeriesData();

PHP

use Google\Api\Metric;
use Google\Api\MonitoredResource;
use Google\Cloud\Monitoring\V3\MetricServiceClient;
use Google\Cloud\Monitoring\V3\Point;
use Google\Cloud\Monitoring\V3\TimeInterval;
use Google\Cloud\Monitoring\V3\TimeSeries;
use Google\Cloud\Monitoring\V3\TypedValue;
use Google\Protobuf\Timestamp;

/**
 * Example:
 * ```
 * write_timeseries($projectId);
 * ```
 *
 * @param string $projectId Your project ID
 */
function write_timeseries($projectId)
{
    $metrics = new MetricServiceClient([
        'projectId' => $projectId,
    ]);

    $projectName = $metrics->projectName($projectId);

    $endTime = new Timestamp();
    $endTime->setSeconds(time());
    $interval = new TimeInterval();
    $interval->setEndTime($endTime);

    $value = new TypedValue();
    $value->setDoubleValue(123.45);

    $point = new Point();
    $point->setValue($value);
    $point->setInterval($interval);
    $points = [$point];

    $metric = new Metric();
    $metric->setType('custom.googleapis.com/stores/daily_sales');
    $labels = ['store_id' => 'Pittsburg'];
    $metric->setLabels($labels);

    $resource = new MonitoredResource();
    $resource->setType('global');
    $labels = ['project_id' => $projectId];
    $resource->setLabels($labels);

    $timeSeries = new TimeSeries();
    $timeSeries->setMetric($metric);
    $timeSeries->setResource($resource);
    $timeSeries->setPoints($points);

    $result = $metrics->createTimeSeries(
        $projectName,
        [$timeSeries]);

    printf('Done writing time series data.' . PHP_EOL);
}

Python

from google.cloud import monitoring_v3

client = monitoring_v3.MetricServiceClient()
project_name = f"projects/{project_id}"

series = monitoring_v3.TimeSeries()
series.metric.type = "custom.googleapis.com/my_metric" + str(uuid.uuid4())
series.resource.type = "gce_instance"
series.resource.labels["instance_id"] = "1234567890123456789"
series.resource.labels["zone"] = "us-central1-f"
series.metric.labels["TestLabel"] = "My Label Data"
now = time.time()
seconds = int(now)
nanos = int((now - seconds) * 10 ** 9)
interval = monitoring_v3.TimeInterval(
    {"end_time": {"seconds": seconds, "nanos": nanos}}
)
point = monitoring_v3.Point({"interval": interval, "value": {"double_value": 3.14}})
series.points = [point]
client.create_time_series(name=project_name, time_series=[series])

Ruby

# Your Google Cloud Platform project ID
# project_id = "YOUR_PROJECT_ID"

# Example metric type
# metric_type = "custom.googleapis.com/my_metric"

client = Google::Cloud::Monitoring.metric_service
project_name = client.project_path project: project_id

series = Google::Cloud::Monitoring::V3::TimeSeries.new
series.metric = Google::Api::Metric.new type: metric_type

resource = Google::Api::MonitoredResource.new type: "global"
resource.labels["project_id"] = project_id
series.resource = resource

point = Google::Cloud::Monitoring::V3::Point.new
point.value = Google::Cloud::Monitoring::V3::TypedValue.new double_value: 3.14
now = Time.now
end_time = Google::Protobuf::Timestamp.new seconds: now.to_i, nanos: now.nsec
point.interval = Google::Cloud::Monitoring::V3::TimeInterval.new end_time: end_time
series.points << point

client.create_time_series name: project_name, time_series: [series]
p "Time series created."

See Troubleshoot API calls if you have difficulty.

Delete custom metrics

To delete a custom metric, delete its metric descriptor. You can't delete the time-series data stored in your Google Cloud project; however, deleting the metric descriptor renders the data inaccessible. The data expires and is deleted according to the data retention policy.

You can't delete the metric descriptor for a built-in metric.

To delete your metric descriptor, call the metricDescriptors.delete method.

Protocol

To delete a metric descriptor, use the metricDescriptors.delete method. You can execute this method by using the APIs Explorer widget on the method's reference page. See APIs Explorer for more information.

To delete the stores/daily_sales custom metric created in Manual creation of metric descriptors:

  1. Go to the reference page for metricDescriptors.delete:
  2. Supply the name of the metric descriptor to the APIs Explorer widget:

    name: projects/[PROJECT_ID]/metricDescriptors/custom.googleapis.com/stores/daily_sales

  3. Click the Execute button.

Try It!

C#

public static object DeleteMetric(string projectId, string metricType)
{
    // Create client.
    MetricServiceClient metricServiceClient = MetricServiceClient.Create();
    // Initialize request argument(s).
    MetricDescriptorName name = new MetricDescriptorName(projectId, metricType);
    // Make the request.
    metricServiceClient.DeleteMetricDescriptor(name);
    Console.WriteLine($"Done deleting metric descriptor: {name}");
    return 0;
}

Go


import (
	"context"
	"fmt"
	"io"

	monitoring "cloud.google.com/go/monitoring/apiv3"
	monitoringpb "google.golang.org/genproto/googleapis/monitoring/v3"
)

// deleteMetric deletes the given metric. name should be of the form
// "projects/PROJECT_ID/metricDescriptors/METRIC_TYPE".
func deleteMetric(w io.Writer, name string) error {
	ctx := context.Background()
	c, err := monitoring.NewMetricClient(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return err
	}
	defer c.Close()
	req := &monitoringpb.DeleteMetricDescriptorRequest{
		Name: name,
	}

	if err := c.DeleteMetricDescriptor(ctx, req); err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("could not delete metric: %v", err)
	}
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Deleted metric: %q\n", name)
	return nil
}

Java

String projectId = System.getProperty("projectId");
final MetricServiceClient client = MetricServiceClient.create();
MetricDescriptorName metricName = MetricDescriptorName.of(projectId, name);
client.deleteMetricDescriptor(metricName);
System.out.println("Deleted descriptor " + name);

Node.js

// Imports the Google Cloud client library
const monitoring = require('@google-cloud/monitoring');

// Creates a client
const client = new monitoring.MetricServiceClient();

async function deleteMetricDescriptor() {
  /**
   * TODO(developer): Uncomment and edit the following lines of code.
   */
  // const projectId = 'YOUR_PROJECT_ID';
  // const metricId = 'custom.googleapis.com/stores/daily_sales';

  const request = {
    name: client.projectMetricDescriptorPath(projectId, metricId),
  };

  // Deletes a metric descriptor
  const [result] = await client.deleteMetricDescriptor(request);
  console.log(`Deleted ${metricId}`, result);
}
deleteMetricDescriptor();

PHP

use Google\Cloud\Monitoring\V3\MetricServiceClient;

/**
 * Example:
 * ```
 * delete_metric($projectId, $databaseId);
 * ```
 *
 * @param string $projectId Your project ID
 * @param string $metricId  The ID of the Metric Descriptor to delete
 */
function delete_metric($projectId, $metricId)
{
    $metrics = new MetricServiceClient([
        'projectId' => $projectId,
    ]);

    $metricPath = $metrics->metricDescriptorName($projectId, $metricId);
    $ret = $metrics->deleteMetricDescriptor($metricPath);

    printf('Deleted a metric: ' . $metricPath . PHP_EOL);
}

Python

from google.cloud import monitoring_v3

client = monitoring_v3.MetricServiceClient()
client.delete_metric_descriptor(name=descriptor_name)
print("Deleted metric descriptor {}.".format(descriptor_name))

Ruby

# Your Google Cloud Platform project ID
# project_id = "YOUR_PROJECT_ID"

# Example metric type
# metric_type = "custom.googleapis.com/my_metric"

client = Google::Cloud::Monitoring.metric_service
metric_name = client.metric_descriptor_path project:           project_id,
                                            metric_descriptor: metric_type

client.delete_metric_descriptor name: metric_name
p "Deleted metric descriptor #{metric_name}."

See Troubleshoot API calls if you have difficulty.

Modify a custom metric

To modify a custom metric, you must update the MetricDescriptor object that defines the custom metric. The only supported modification is to add labels.

To add labels to an existing custom metric, use the timeSeries.create method and include the new labels with the time-series data. The labels are added to the metric descriptor when the labels you attempt to write are valid and the total number of labels is less than 30.

The time series data is then written as though the label had been there from the beginning.

If you want to do more than add new labels, then you must delete and recreate the metric descriptor. In this case, you lose all the time series data previously collected for the old metric descriptor. See Delete custom metrics for more information.

You can't rename a metric.

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