You can proactively monitor your website or API endpoints with synthetic monitors. Depending on the type of monitor, you can:
- Add and edit monitors.
- Use the Synthetics REST API to manage monitors.
- Set up monitors from specific locations or for private servers.
You can also use the host not reporting feature in infrastructure monitoring. This allows you to take advantage of enhanced monitoring options and be notified when New Relic has stopped receiving data from your hosts.
These are the seven types of synthetic monitors:
Type of synthetic monitor
Broken links monitor
Provide a url and this monitor will test all the links on the page for success. If a failure is detected you can view the individual non-successful links that caused the failure.
Certificate check monitor
Proactively ping your domain certificates based on a configurable threshold. Pair with an alert to ensure you are notified when your certificates need renewed.
Ping monitors are the simplest type of monitor. They simply check to see if an application is online. The synthetic ping monitor uses a simple Java HTTP client to make requests to your site.
For consistency with other synthetic monitor types, the user agent is identified as
Step monitors are advanced monitors which require no code to set up.
The monitor can be configured to:
Simple browser monitors
Simple browser monitors essentially are simple, pre-built scripted browser monitors. They make a request to your site using an instance of Google Chrome.
Compared to a simple ping monitor, this is a more accurate emulation of an actual customer visit. The user agent is identified as
Scripted browser monitors
Scripted browser monitors are used for more sophisticated, customized monitoring. You can create a custom script that navigates your website, takes specific actions, and ensures specific resources are present.
The monitor uses Google Chrome browser. You can also use a variety of third-party modules to build your custom monitor.
API tests are used to monitor your API endpoints. This can ensure that your app server works in addition to your website. New Relic uses the
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.