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API Reference (API Version 2010-08-01)

PutMetricData

Publishes metric data points to Amazon CloudWatch. Amazon CloudWatch associates the data points with the specified metric. If the specified metric does not exist, Amazon CloudWatch creates the metric. When Amazon CloudWatch creates a metric, it can take up to fifteen minutes for the metric to appear in calls to ListMetrics.

Each PutMetricData request is limited to 8 KB in size for HTTP GET requests and is limited to 40 KB in size for HTTP POST requests.

Although the Value parameter accepts numbers of type Double, Amazon CloudWatch rejects values that are either too small or too large. Values must be in the range of 8.515920e-109 to 1.174271e+108 (Base 10) or 2e-360 to 2e360 (Base 2). In addition, special values (e.g., NaN, +Infinity, -Infinity) are not supported.

Data points with time stamps from 24 hours ago or longer can take at least 48 hours to become available for GetMetricStatistics from the time they are submitted.

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.

MetricData.member.N

The data for the metric.

Type: array of MetricDatum objects

Required: Yes

Namespace

The namespace for the metric data.

You cannot specify a namespace that begins with "AWS/". Namespaces that begin with "AWS/" are reserved for use by Amazon Web Services products.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 255.

Pattern: [^:].*

Required: Yes

Errors

For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.

InternalServiceError

Request processing has failed due to some unknown error, exception, or failure.

HTTP Status Code: 500

InvalidParameterCombination

Parameters that cannot be used together were used together.

HTTP Status Code: 400

InvalidParameterValue

The value of an input parameter is bad or out-of-range.

HTTP Status Code: 400

MissingParameter

An input parameter that is required is missing.

HTTP Status Code: 400

Examples

Example

The following example puts data for a single metric containing one dimension:

Sample Request

https://monitoring.&api-domain;/doc/2010-08-01/
?Action=PutMetricData
&Version=2010-08-01
&Namespace=TestNamespace
&MetricData.member.1.MetricName=buffers
&MetricData.member.1.Unit=Bytes
&MetricData.member.1.Value=231434333
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.1.Name=InstanceType
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.1.Value=m1.small
&AUTHPARAMS

Example

The following example puts data for a single metric containing two dimensions:

Sample Request

https://monitoring.&api-domain;/doc/2010-08-01/
?Action=PutMetricData
&Version=2010-08-01
&Namespace=TestNamespace
&MetricData.member.1.MetricName=buffers
&MetricData.member.1.Unit=Bytes
&MetricData.member.1.Value=231434333
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.1.Name=InstanceID
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.1.Value=i-aaba32d4
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.2.Name=InstanceType
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.2.Value=m1.small
&AUTHPARAMS

Example

The following example puts data for two metrics, each with two dimensions:

Sample Request

https://monitoring.&api-domain;/doc/2010-08-01/
?Action=PutMetricData
&Version=2010-08-01
&Namespace=TestNamespace
&MetricData.member.1.MetricName=buffers
&MetricData.member.1.Unit=Bytes
&MetricData.member.1.Value=231434333
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.1.Name=InstanceID
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.1.Value=i-aaba32d4
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.2.Name=InstanceType
&MetricData.member.1.Dimensions.member.2.Value=m1.small
&MetricData.member.2.MetricName=latency
&MetricData.member.2.Unit=Milliseconds
&MetricData.member.2.Value=23
&MetricData.member.2.Dimensions.member.1.Name=InstanceID
&MetricData.member.2.Dimensions.member.1.Value=i-aaba32d4
&MetricData.member.2.Dimensions.member.2.Name=InstanceType
&MetricData.member.2.Dimensions.member.2.Value=m1.small
&AUTHPARAMS