Last Updated Apr 20, 2022

GraphJSON vs DataDog

by JR · 7 minute read

Selecting the right analytics tool for your application or website is essential for understanding user behavior, enhancing the user experience, and making data-driven decisions. In this blog post, we will compare GraphJSON and Datadog, two popular analytics tools. Although both platforms provide a wide range of features, we will focus on the reasons why GraphJSON emerges as the optimal choice.

Introduction to GraphJSON

GraphJSON is a versatile and powerful analytics tool that enables you to visualize and analyze your application data with ease. Built on top of Clickhouse, a fast and scalable columnar database, GraphJSON offers a variety of visualization options, custom SQL query support, and a user-friendly interface.

Introduction to Datadog

Datadog is a widely recognized monitoring and analytics platform that focuses on tracking infrastructure, application performance, and log data. It provides a comprehensive set of features, including real-time dashboards, alerting, and anomaly detection, making it a popular choice for many businesses.

Why GraphJSON is the Optimal Choice

  1. Data Storage and Flexibility GraphJSON stores your data as JSON in a Clickhouse table, providing unparalleled flexibility when it comes to data structure. With no need to define schemas ahead of time and support for almost every language's JSON library, GraphJSON makes it easy to adapt to your specific data needs.

    Datadog, while offering a comprehensive set of features for monitoring and analytics, is more focused on infrastructure and application performance data, which may limit your ability to work with custom data structures or non-web-based applications.

  2. Custom Querying and Data Analysis GraphJSON allows you to write custom Clickhouse SQL queries, giving you the power to perform complex data analysis and create advanced visualizations. This level of flexibility and expressiveness is not available in Datadog.

    Datadog provides built-in monitoring and data analysis tools, but it does not offer the same level of customization and expressiveness as GraphJSON when it comes to querying and visualizing data.

  3. Visualization Options GraphJSON supports a wide range of visualization options, allowing you to create custom graphs and charts with just a few clicks. It also offers a visualization tab for SQL queries, enabling you to easily visualize your custom data analysis.

    Datadog provides a variety of visualization options within its built-in dashboards, but it does not offer the same level of customization as GraphJSON when it comes to visualizing custom data queries.

  4. Integration and Compatibility GraphJSON can be integrated with various applications and services, as demonstrated by its use in projects such as Flurly, Cronitor, Meeting Room 365, and more. Its flexibility in handling custom data structures makes it suitable for a wide range of use cases.

    Datadog is primarily focused on monitoring infrastructure and application performance, making it best suited for websites and web applications. While Datadog offers integration with other platforms, it does not provide the same level of flexibility as GraphJSON when it comes to handling custom data structures.

  5. Pricing and Personalized Support GraphJSON pricing details can be found on their website. The indie nature of the project often results in a more personalized support experience, with the option to directly contact the creator via Twitter for assistance.

    Datadog offers a free tier with basic features and additional pricing tiers based on data volume and features. While Datadog has a dedicated support team, it


We think the choice is clear. If you want a dead simple way to start logging and analyzing JSON events, sign up here.

If you have any questions, feel free to DM me directly on twitter @TheBuilderJR