Introduction to New Relic APIs

New Relic offers a variety of APIs and SDKs you can use to:

  • Retrieve data from New Relic products.
  • Insert data into those products.
  • Adjust settings.

For developer-focused content on how to use and customize New Relic, see developer.newrelic.com.

APIs by product

New Relic products are often used together, and sometimes they overlap in functionality. This is why multiple APIs may be relevant to each product. Some API functionality will depend on your product subscription level.

To learn more about different API key types, see Understand New Relic API keys.

Alerts

Use the REST API for New Relic Alerts and the API Explorer to:

  • Create and manage policies, conditions, and notification channels.
  • Create alert conditions based on Insights NRQL queries.
  • Create alert conditions based on data from other New Relic products.
APM

API resources for New Relic APM include:

Resource Details
REST API

REST API features include:

Agent APIs

Every New Relic APM language agent has an API that lets you customize the agent's default behavior, including reporting custom data. APM agent APIs include:

Insights Query API To query APM data, use the Insights Query API.
Account management APIs For APIs related to accounts and subscription usage, see the account-related APIs.
Browser

New Relic Browser API resources include:

Resource Details
Browser agent API

Use the New Relic Browser agent API for tasks such as:

REST API

With the REST API you can:

Insights query API To retrieve Browser data from Insights, use the Insights query API.
Account management APIs For APIs related to accounts and subscription usage, see the account-related APIs.
Infrastructure

New Relic Infrastructure API resources include:

Resource Details
Insights query API To retrieve Infrastructure data from Insights, use the Insights query API. This API can also be used to retrieve subscription usage data.
Infrastructure alert API To manage your Infrastructure alerts, use the Infrastructure alert API.
Integrations SDK To make your own custom integrations for reporting data to Infrastructure, use the Integrations SDK.
NerdGraph You can use NerdGraph (our GraphQL API) to query your cloud integration data and make changes to cloud integration settings.
Insights

Use New Relic Insights to create custom queries and charts for your data, including data from your other New Relic products. API resources include:

Resource Details
Insert events API To report custom data to Insights, use the Event insertion API.
Query API To query your Insights data using NRQL-formatted queries, use the Insights query API. This API can also be used to retrieve subscription usage data.
Dashboard API To create, read, update, and delete Insights dashboards, use the Insights dashboard API.
Other New Relic product APIs You can also report custom data from other New Relic products to Insights. For more information, see the API sections for other products.
NerdGraph You can use NerdGraph (our GraphQL API) to query data with NRQL.
Mobile

New Relic Mobile API resources include:

Resource Details
Mobile agent APIs

New Relic Mobile APIs let you custom instrument your own code and send events to New Relic Insights. See the platform-specific documentation:

REST API

Use the REST API for such tasks as:

Insights query API To retrieve Mobile data from Insights, use the Insights query API.
Account management APIs For account-related APIs, see Account APIs.
Plugins

Use the REST API for New Relic Plugins and the API Explorer to:

  • Get a list of plugins, including their names, IDs, and GUIDs.
  • List one or more plugin components, their output, and their metric timeslice data.

Developers and New Relic partners can also use New Relic's Plugin API to write an agent in any language that can work directly with the API for New Relic Plugins. This allows you to send your own metric data to New Relic Plugins and view data received from the API in the New Relic Plugins user interface.

Synthetics

New Relic Synthetics API resources include:

Resource Details
Synthetics REST API

The Synthetics REST API functionality includes:

Insights query API To retrieve Synthetics event data from Insights, use the Insights query API.
Alerts API To create and manage alert conditions that target Synthetics monitors, use the New Relic Alerts API.

NerdGraph (GraphQL)

NerdGraph is New Relic's GraphQL API, an efficient and flexible query language that lets you request exactly the data you need, without over-fetching or under-fetching. While typical REST APIs require loading from multiple URLs, NerdGraph calls get all the data you need in a single request. NerdGraph also makes it easier to evolve APIs over time and enables powerful developer tools.

New Relic provides a powerful GraphQL tool to explore the API with embedded schema definitions. To get started, go to api.newrelic.com/graphiql.

For sample queries and mutations, use our NerdGraph tutorials.

Agentless APIs for core data types

We offer several APIs that allow you to get our core data types (metrics, logs, traces, and events) into New Relic without the use of an installed agent.

Data type Description
Trace API Send distributed tracing data to New Relic.
Event API Send event data to New Relic.
Metric API Send metrics to New Relic from any source (including other telemetry monitoring services).
Log API Send your log data to New Relic.

Account management, admin, and usage APIs

Like any other New Relic product or service, you want to be confident that your APIs protect you and your customers' data privacy. The following are API resources related to New Relic account administration and usage.

For more information about API capabilities, see the specific New Relic product API. For more information about New Relic's security measures, see our security and privacy documentation, or visit the New Relic security website.

Resource Details
REST API

REST API features include:

Subscription usage

You can use the Insights query API to retrieve subscription usage data. This can be helpful to see how usage compares to your current subscription level, or for doing departmental chargebacks.

If you implemented the REST API for querying subscription usage data prior to July 10, 2018, those usage-related REST APIs are now deprecated. You should use the Insights query API, which requires creating an API key. For more on switching to the new API format, see the transition guide.

Partner API

To retrieve information about your New Relic partner account, sub-accounts, and users, use the New Relic Partner API.

See APIs in action

For more on how you as a developer can optimize your ability to solve problems using New Relic, go to developer.newrelic.com.

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