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Add and edit monitors

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.

Add a 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.

Tip

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.

Edit a monitor

To edit an existing monitor:

  1. From the Monitors tab in one.newrelic.com > Synthetics, select the monitor you want to edit.

  2. In the side menu, select a link to change the following settings:

    • Select Settings > General to edit name, Apdex T, URL, locations, frequency, and advanced options.
    • For Scripted browser and API test monitors, select Settings > Script to edit your monitor script.
    • For synthetic monitoring alerts, click Manage alerts.
  3. Select Save changes to confirm.

Important

You cannot change a monitor's type after the monitor is created.

Delete a monitor

To delete a monitor:

  1. From the Monitors tab in one.newrelic.com > Synthetics, select the monitor you want to edit.
  2. From the selected monitor, select Settings > General.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the trash can icon.

Tip

You can also use the Synthetics REST API to delete a monitor.

Monitor settings

When configuring monitors, the following settings are available:

See a history of monitor changes

You can use New Relic One to see a history of recent changes to synthetic monitors and what users changed them.

For more help

If you need more help, check out these support and learning resources:

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