Synthetic monitors are API checks or virtual browser instances that monitor your website, recording each check in detail. They can also capture aggregate numbers, including an overview, or summary for ping monitors, detailed statistics for each page resource, and downtime incidents. Synthetic monitoring also collects custom response codes for more detail on your monitor runs.
For a description of synthetic monitor types, see Types of monitor.
There are several types of synthetic monitor to add. Ping monitors ensure your website is responding, while simple browser monitors send real browsers to check your website. For more complex monitoring, scripted browser monitors verify that specific resources are present, while API tests verify your API endpoint.
You can also use the Synthetics REST API to add monitors. For example, you can create a GET request to the monitor you want to use as the source for configuration, then use those key values to use in a POST to "copy" and create a new monitor.
To edit an existing monitor:
From the Monitors tab in one.newrelic.com > Synthetics, select the monitor you want to edit.
In the side menu, select a link to change the following settings:
Select Save changes to confirm.
You cannot change a monitor's type after the monitor is created.
To delete a monitor:
- From the Monitors tab in one.newrelic.com > Synthetics, select the monitor you want to edit.
- From the selected monitor, select Settings > General.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the trash can icon.
You can also use the Synthetics REST API to delete a monitor.
When configuring monitors, the following settings are available:
You can use New Relic One to see a history of recent changes to synthetic monitors and what users changed them.
If you need more help, check out these support and learning resources:
- Browse the Explorers Hub to get help from the community and join in discussions.
- Find answers on our sites and learn how to use our support portal.
- Run New Relic Diagnostics, our troubleshooting tool for Linux, Windows, and macOS.
- Review New Relic's data security and licenses documentation.