Get your Datadog billing info with Nimbella Commander

Jamie Dawson
Feb 14 · 4 min read

Have you ever wanted a simple way of displaying your Datadog billing info? With Nimbella Commander, you can have your current bill and next month’s projected bill displayed in one command to your Slack workspace.

Later, I’ll show you how to restrict who can access this Slack command so it’s only available to people who need to know. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Inside your Datadog API settings, Create a Datadog API key and Application key in Datadog’s UI. You must name your API key datadogApiKey and your Application Key datadogApplicationKey.

2. Add Nimbella Commander to your Slack page. You can add it by searching “Nimbella” in the apps tab on Slack. You can also add it by going to our official website and clicking the “Add to Slack” button.

3. Once you’ve installed Commander, activate the default app inside Commander by typing /nc dapp_add into Slack.

4. In order to get your Datadog billing details, you’ll need to install the billing Command Set into the default app. Command Sets are a packaging specification for Slack commands, and a convenient way to share commands via GitHub or open source. Command Sets are installed into your Slack teams via the Nimbella Commander by typing the command /nc csm_install billing in your Slack prompt.

5. Next we need to bind some secrets to the billing commands. Specifically, the API keys you generated earlier for the Datadog API will be encrypted (outside of Slack) and attached to the slash command. To do this, type /nc secret_create to bring up the Nimbella Secret Creator. We’re creating the secrets outside of Slack so that Slack will only see encrypted strings and not your API keys. When you run the secrets command, you will see an output that looks like this:

6. Click on the Secret Creator link to be redirected to the page which encrypts your API keys.

7. Add your Datadog API Key and Application Key from Step 1 to the fields in the Secret Creator as illustrated in the following figure. Next, click the “Make Secrets” button to generate the commands you’ll need to copy and paste into your Slack prompt.

8. After clicking the “Make Secrets” button, the commands you’ll need to run on your Slack page will appear. Copy each command one at a time and paste them into Slack. This will take your API Key and Application Key and apply them to your default app.

9. Finally, run the built-in command /dapp datadogbill to see your Datadog billing info.

10. To see more details about your bill, try /dapp datadogbill -detail

11. You likely don’t want everyone in your Slack team to run this command. Nimbella Commander offers a neat feature to allow only certain users to run specific commands. For example, you can restrict access to the Datadog billing command to specific users using /nc command_runners datadogbill + @user1 + @user2, substituting for “user1” and “user2” the Slack names of your teammates that should have access to the Datadog billing details.

12. It’s worth also mentioning that you have access to an audit trail to see who’s run your commands. This is useful for administrators and team oversight where appropriate. Type /nc command_log datadogbill

Using Nimbella’s access control you can also limit who can view and edit the code that implements a particular command as well. The built-in Secret Creator means your sensitive data remains outside of Slack and accessible only to the code you run. And with Audit Logs, you have accountability and historical data readily available at your fingertips. These are powerful features of the Commander that don’t exist in Slack otherwise. For more information about Commander, visit our website. We’d also love to hear from you via our community Slack channel or on GitHub.

Jamie Dawson

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I’m a student software developer at 42 Silicon valley.

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