Minimum and maximum values

Here is a quick reference of minimum and maximum values as applicable for policies set up with New Relic Alerts.

New Relic Alert policies

New Relic Alerts Minimum value Maximum value
Alert policies:
Alert policy name 1 character 64 characters
Policies per account n/a 5000 policies
Products per policy any New Relic product (APM, Mobile, Synthetics, etc.) any New Relic product
Alert conditions:
Condition name 1 character 64 characters
Conditions per policy 1 condition 250 conditions
NRQL query conditions OR Web app response percentiles per account 1 condition 1000 conditions
Targets (product entities) per condition 1 target 1000 targets from 1 or more products
Thresholds per condition 0 Warning, 1 Critical 1 Warning, 1 Critical
Alert violations:
Duration for condition violation

5 minutes

Exception: 1 minute for at least once conditions, because the violation could occur during the first minute (or any minute).

2 hours
Notification channels:
Notification channel name 1 character 64 characters
Channels per account 1 channel

1000 channels per type

Exception: No limits for user channels

Channel limitations Depends on channel Depends on channel

Minimum throughput for alerts

To help prevent notification spam, New Relic does not immediately create problem events when a condition is met. New Relic requires a minimum data sample before triggering alert notifications. Otherwise, evaluating low-traffic or idle applications could result in excessive events and messages.

It usually takes a couple of minutes to determine the problem is not just a temporary spike before changing the status indicator to indicate a problem. You can specify the delay time in the policy settings.

Legacy alerting system

This applies only to the legacy alerting system, not New Relic Alerts.

For low-traffic or idle apps, New Relic bases the Error and Apdex rate on a 2-minute rolling average. New Relic sends alerts for downtime regardless of whether the app is active or idle. Here are the minimum throughput requirements for triggering alerts:

Alerts for... Minimum throughput requirements
Web apps

Error rate: 10 requests per minute (rpm)

Apdex: 10 rpm


Apdex: 10 ppm

Key transactions

Error rate: 1 rpm

Apdex: 10 rpm

Mobile apps

Error rate: 20 samples over 2 minutes (approximately 10 rpm) per host

Response time: 20 samples over 2 minutes (approximately 10 rpm) per host




n/a for New Relic Servers

For more help

Additional documentation resources include:

  • Alert policy workflow (overview of how to create an alert policy, including the targets it identifies, the conditions and thresholds that trigger the alert, the notification channels to use, and the incident preference to roll up policy violations)
  • Specify when New Relic creates incidents (using the Incident preference setting to specify when New Relic Alerts creates an incident record for policy violations: by policy, by condition, or by condition and target)

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