Send Alerts to PagerDuty | Honeycomb

Send Alerts to PagerDuty

The PagerDuty + Honeycomb integration uses Honeycomb Triggers or Honeycomb Service Level Objective (SLO) Burn Alerts to notify on-call responders based on alerts sent from Honeycomb. We maintain and support this integration.

Before You Begin 

Before you set up the integration, you’ll need a few things:

  • a user account in your team’s PagerDuty organizatioN
  • a user account in your Honeycomb Team

Setting Up Your Integration 

Before you can configure Honeycomb to send alerts to PagerDuty, you must set up your integration.

In PagerDuty, you must create an integration and link it to a specific service. Once you have linked your integration and service, you will receive an integration key that you can use to link your PagerDuty integration to Honeycomb.

  1. Navigate to PagerDuty Configuration > Services.

  2. Select the name of an existing service to which you want to add the integration, then select the Integrations view, and click the New Integration button.

    To learn how to create a new service in PagerDuty, visit PagerDuty’s Configuring Services and Integrations.
  3. Enter details for your integration:

    Field Value
    Integration Name Name of your integration in the format monitoring-tool-service-name (for example, Honeycomb-Shopping-Cart)
    Integration Type Honeycomb
  4. Click the Add Integration button to save. You will be redirected to the Integrations view for your service.

  5. Locate the generated Integration Key. Save this key in a safe place; you will need it later!

    PagerDuty Integration Key

Connect Your Integration to Honeycomb 

To use your integration, you must add your PagerDuty Integration Key to Honeycomb.

  1. Navigate to Team Settings, and select the Integrations view.
  2. Locate the Trigger and SLO Recipients section, and select Add Integration.
  3. For Provider, select PagerDuty, then enter a name that will be easy to find when you configure alerts in the future, and paste the PagerDuty Integration Key.
  4. Select Add.

Configuring Alerts to Use PagerDuty as a Recipient 

After your integration is set up in Honeycomb, you can configure Triggers and SLOs to use PagerDuty as a recipient for alerts.

Configuring Triggers to Alert PagerDuty 

  1. In the Honeycomb UI, navigate to Triggers.
  2. Select the name of the trigger you want to configure, or create a new trigger by clicking New Trigger.
  3. Locate the Recipients section, and select Add Recipient.
  4. In the pop-up form titled Add Trigger Recipient, locate the Recipient dropdown, and choose your service’s PagerDuty integration and desired severity (Critical is the default). Select Add. Add recipient in PagerDuty
  5. Select Save Trigger.

Configuring SLO Burn Alerts to Alert PagerDuty 

  1. In the Honeycomb UI, navigate to SLOs.
  2. In the list, locate the SLO you want to configure, or create a new SLO by clicking New SLO.
  3. Find your SLO in the list, and click the Configure button in the Burn Alerts column.
  4. Click New Burn Alert.
  5. In the Create Burn Alert form, set your desired exhaustion time, then choose your PagerDuty integration in the Notify dropdown. Set your desired Severity (Critical is the default).
  6. Select Create Burn Alert.

Example: PagerDuty Alert from Honeycomb 

When a configured Trigger or Burn Alert fires, you can expect to see a PagerDuty display that looks similar to this example:

PagerDuty Alert
PagerDuty alerts will show Honeycomb graphs for Triggers only.

Removing Integrations 

To remove the PagerDuty integration, you may need administrator privileges in PagerDuty.

Delete the Integration from PagerDuty 

To remove the entire PagerDuty integration, you should begin by deleting the integration in PagerDuty. You may need admin privileges.

  1. Navigate to the Service Directory in PagerDuty.
  2. Locate the service that contains your Honeycomb integration.
  3. Click on the Integrations tab.
  4. Click the gear icon for the integration and select Delete.

Remove the Integration from Honeycomb 

Once the integration is deleted from PagerDuty, you should also remove it from your Honeycomb team. Deleting the integration from your team will remove it from all associated triggers and SLOs.

  1. Navigate to Team Settings, and select the Integrations view.
  2. Locate Trigger and SLO Recipients and find your PagerDuty integration, then select Edit.
  3. In the form editor, select Remove.


I don’t receive alerts from PagerDuty when a trigger fires 

If you are not receiving alerts, examine your PagerDuty escalation policy to ensure that a responder is always on call in PagerDuty. PagerDuty will not create an incident if no responder is on-call at the time the trigger fires.