NewRelic Notifier

Since Payara Server

New Relic is an application performance monitoring (APM) tool that can be used to gather statistics and notify on key critical events generated by different type of applications. New Relic specializes on integrating Java application servers like GlassFish, JBoss WildFly, etc. and other application frameworks seamlessly.

Payara Server includes a special notifier to send notifications from the Notification service to the New Relic Insights service using its remote API. Custom notification events generated from Payara Server’s own monitoring systems like the Request Tracing and Healthcheck services can be automatically identified by this API and gathered correctly to identify performance issues on the application server.

NewRelic Configuration

In order for the notifier to work correctly, you must complete the following requirements:

  1. Create a NewRelic user account. You can signup for a new account here

    NewRelic offers 14-days trial accounts that can be used to test the service for free.
  2. Configure application performance monitoring (APM) for a Payara Server instance by installing a New Relic Java agent

  3. Configure a NewRelic Insights API key that will be used to setup the notifier.

Configure Application Performance Monitoring for Payara Server

The first task is to set up the New Relic Java agent in Payara Server. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Login to New Relic with your account credentials, and if you haven’t setup a monitoring agent yet, the following screen will be shown:

    NewRelic agent setup welcome screen

  2. Select the Java option and the agent installation procedure will be shown:

    NewRelic Java agent setup procedure

    From the screen shown, copy the value of the License Key (you need to press the Reveal License Key button first) since you will need it later.

  3. Now, on the same screen press the Download the Java Agent. This will download the Java agent files to your station. Unzip the files and copy the resulting folder to the root folder of the Payara Server domain you want to monitor. In the following example we are copying it to the default domain domain1:

    mv newrelic ${PAYARA_INSTALL_DIR}/glassfish/domains/domain1
  4. Before proceeding to install the agent into the Payara Server domain, we need to configure the License Key we got earlier. To do this, modify the agent’s configuration file that’s located at ${PAYARA_DOMAIN_DIR}/newrelic/newrelic.yml by using the license_key property:

      # ...
      # This section is for settings common to all environments.
      # Do not add anything above this next line.
      common: &default_settings
        # ============================== LICENSE KEY ===============================
        # You must specify the license key associated with your New Relic
        # account. ...
        license_key: '073f5089681d0e96d5e0a9691251a626ea90286d'
        # Agent Enabled
        # Use this setting to disable the agent instead of removing it from the startup command.
        # Default is true.
        agent_enabled: true
        # Set the name of your application as you'd like it show up in New Relic.
        # ...
        app_name: Payara Server
        # ...
    We also recommend setting the name of the application under the app_name property to correctly identify this server’s domain on the APM dashboard
    The License Key value must be inserted using single quotes (')
  5. Now, proceed to install the agent by running the following command at the root of the domain folder:

    java -jar newrelic/newrelic.jar install

    If the installation was successful, the output of the agent’s installer will show it like this:

    ***** ( ( o))  New Relic Java Agent Installer
    ***** Installing version 3.39.1 ...
    * Backed up start script to /opt/payara-
    * Added agent switch to start script /opt/payara-
    * No need to create New Relic configuration file because:
     A config file already exists: /opt/payara-
    ***** Install successful
    ***** Next steps:
    You\'re almost done! To see performance data for your app:
    1) Restart your app server
    2) Exercise your app
    3) Log into
    Within two minutes, your app should show up, ready to monitor and troubleshoot.
    If app data doesn\'t appear, check newrelic/logs/newrelic_agent.log for errors.

    The installer will modify the domain.xml configuration file of your server’s domain and add the configuration of the Java agent as a JVM start argument:

    <java-config classpath-suffix="" debug-options="-agentlib:jdwp=transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=n,address=9009" system-classpath="">
    The agent setup page has a different set of instructions for Windows and Linux environments, but they are so similar on the result so the specific instructions mentioned here are more than enough.
    If you are considering installing the NewRelic Java agent on a Payara Server standalone instance or a cluster of multiple instances, you need to manually add the JVM (the installer won’t work) option with the javaagent configuration to the instance/cluster referenced configuration. Also, make sure that the directory where the newrelic.jar resides also contains the newrelic.yml configuration file
  6. Now, that the agent has been installed proceed to start the Payara Server domain. You will observe the following similar messages at the start of the domain’s log

    INFO: New Relic Agent: Loading configuration file "/opt/payara-"
    INFO: New Relic Agent: Writing to log file: /opt/payara-
  7. After some minutes with the server working, you can login back to the NewRelic portal and on the APM dashboard you can see a new entry for recently configured server:

    NewRelic APM Dashboard

    You can access the latest monitoring statistics if you wish so:

    NewRelic Application Details

Retrieving the API Key from NewRelic Insights

Now that the agent has been correctly installed, login back to your NewRelic account portal and head to the Insights dashboard:

NewRelic Insights Dashboard

Access the Manage Data option on the side menu, you will be presented the following screen:

NewRelic Insights API Keys

Click on the + icon at the side of the Insert Keys header. Take note of the Account ID and API Key value on this screen. Also add a brief description to reference this key on the dashboard:

NewRelic Insights Insert API Keys

Payara Server Configuration

With the NewRelic Java agent and Insights API Key correctly configured, you can proceed to configure the NewRelic notifier on the Payara Server domain. As usual you can do this using the administration web console, from the command line or editing the domain.xml configuration file directly.

Using the Administration Web Console

To configure the Notification Service in the Administration Console, go to Configuration → [instance-configuration (like server-config)] → Notification Service and click on the NewRelic tab:

NewRelic Configuration on Admin Console

Check the Enabled box (and the Dynamic box too if you don’t want to restart the domain) and input the NewRelic Account ID and the newly inserted Insights API Key. Hit the Save button to preserve the changes.

From the Command Line

To configure the Notification Service from the command line, use the notification-newrelic-configure asadmin command, specifying the tokens like this:

asadmin > notification-newrelic-configure --dynamic=true --enabled=true --accountId=1658989 --key=b5815wdxj6lF_tmMBljQa5y1603JTiLh

You can use the --enabled and --dynamic options to enable or disable the NewRelic notifier on demand.

Also, you can retrieve the current configuration for the NewRelic notifier using the get-newrelic-notifier-configuration asadmin command like this:

asadmin > get-newrelic-notifier-configuration

Enabled  Key                               Account Id
true     b5815wdxj6lF_tmMBljQa5y1603JTiLh  1658989

In the domain.xml configuration file

To configure the Notification Service in the domain.xml configuration file, locate the notification-service-configuration element in the tree and insert the newrelic-notifier-configuration with the respective attributes like this:

<notification-service-configuration enabled="true">
    <new-relic-notifier-configuration account-id="1658989" key="b5815wdxj6lF_tmMBljQa5y1603JTiLh" enabled="true"></new-relic-notifier-configuration>
Modifying the domain.xml configuration is not a supported configuration method, so be careful when considering this option.


When you have correctly configured the NewRelic notifier, it can be used observe notification events on the NewRelic Insights service dashboard . If you do not see any notification event messages on the data explorer, check the following:

  • Is the NewRelic notifier enabled?

  • Is the Notification Service itself enabled?

  • Is there a service configured to use the notifier? (e.g. the HealthCheck service)

  • Is the service configured to send notifications frequently enough to observe?

  • Have you enabled the service after configuring it?

  • Is the Java Agent for your Payara Server’s domain correctly configured?

  • Have you created a valid API Key for the Insights service?

  • Does your account ID and the Insights API key match the ones configured on the Payara Server notifier?

Here’s a sample of how these notifications are visualized on the Data Explorer dashboard for the NewRelic Insights service:

NewRelic Insights Data Explorer

You can observe that the events are correctly identified depending the severity of the notification and they are correctly grouped by their custom category (in the image only the Healthcheck events are shown).

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