Introduction to New Relic for Python

New Relic for Python monitors your Python application to help you identify and solve performance issues. You can also extend your performance monitoring to collect and analyze business data to help you improve the customer experience and make data-driven business decisions. With flexible options for custom instrumentation and APIs, New Relic for Python offers multiple building blocks to customize the data you need from your app.

New Relic for Python works with a wide variety of web frameworks and hosting mechanisms, including Django, Gunicorn, WSGI, CherryPy, uWSGI, and more. You can also install the Python agent in a Google App Engine flexible environment.

New Relic for Python Overview screenshot
Go to, >(select an app) > Monitoring > Overview: After you install New Relic's Python agent, it starts to collect data about your app, which you can view from New Relic APM.

Monitor app performance

After you install the Python agent, it begins to collect data about your app. You can view the data as charts and tables in New Relic's user interface.

View the big picture of your app.

Find errors and problems quickly.

Drill down into performance details.

Other helpful New Relic APM tools include:

New Relic APM tools Description
New Relic Browser Integrate the Python agent with New Relic Browser to gain visibility into end-user browser activity.
Simple scripts and background tasks Monitor job-based or task queuing systems, like Celery, or other standalone non-web functions.
Business data analysis with New Relic Insights

Use the Python agent with Insights to organize, query, and visualize your data to answer key questions about application performance and customer experience.

Install New Relic

Before you install the New Relic Python agent, make sure your system meets the system requirements. You must also create a New Relic account.

New Relic supports a number of web frameworks and libraries right out of the box, including Django, WSGI, and Gunicorn. If you use one of the supported web frameworks, installation is easy. If you use an unsupported framework, the process will involve some additions to your app code and/or web server files.

Here's an overview of the major install steps:

  1. Download and install the New Relic package
  2. Create config file
  3. Integrate the New Relic agent with your application

For a quick and simple install process that will work for the majority of setups, see the Quick Start guide.

Monitor non-web scripts, background tasks, and functions

New Relic for Python also lets you monitor non-web scripts, worker processes, tasks, and functions. The installation process for these non-web transactions is similar to the one used for a web app, with one major difference: instead of going through the standard integration process described in the install instructions, you would manually "wrap" any function you want to monitor. For more information, see Non-web tasks and processes. For instructions on monitoring Celery tasks, see Celery background tasks.

What's next after installation?

Once you get New Relic up and running, some suggested next steps are:


After you complete the install process, your data should appear in the New Relic APM UI within five minutes. If it does not, use these troubleshooting resources:

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