The Controller releases occur every six weeks. This page lists the past SaaS and on-premises Controller enhancements since 20.2. 

21.9 Release


This release includes bug fixes and optimizations. See 21.9 Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues for details.


This release includes an improved URL filter for APIs and fixes some bugs. See the 21.9 Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues for details.


This release includes bug fixes and optimizations. See 21.9 Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues for details.

21.8 Release


This Controller release includes an improved URL filter for APIs and fixes some bugs. See the 21.8.3 resolved issues given in Past Controller Resolved Issues for details.


This Controller release includes improved URL filter for APIs. See PLATSE-224 in the Past Controller Resolved Issues for details.


The Controller has upgraded jQuery to 3.5.1 and AngularJS to 1.8.2. See Past Controller Resolved Issues.


License Management

License error messages have been updated for infrastructure-based licenses. See License Errors and Troubleshooting.

License Entitlements

The Mobile Real User Monitoring Pro (SaaS) retention entitlement has changed for Event Data. See License Entitlements and Restrictions.

Dash Studio

Experience Journey Map

You can now filter Experience Journey Map by region and city. See How to Use Experience Journey Map.

21.7 Release

Controller 21.7.0 Release

Dash Studio

With this release, you can: 

21.6 Release

Controller 21.6.4 Release

The 21.6.4 released with a bug fix. See MQS-1273 in Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues.

Controller 21.6.3 Release

The 21.6.3 released with bug fixes. See ANALYTICS-13663 and LIC-1257 in Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues.

Controller 21.6.2 Release

The 21.6.2 released with a bug fix. See IAM-1926 in Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues.

Controller 21.6.1 Release

The 21.6.1 released with bug fixes. See DBMON-8138 and MQS-1267 in Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues.

Controller 21.6.0 Release


With an infrastructure-based license and Controller >= 21.6.0, you can use a new API to retrieve license usage information by application and by host. See License API

Database Visibility 

The user interface of the Queries Execution Plan window for Oracle and MSSQL database is updated as part of the explain plan enhancements. See Database Query Execution Plan Window.

21.5 Release

Controller 21.5.5 Release

The 21.5.5 released with a bug fix. See IAM-1925 in Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues.

Controller 21.5.4 Release

The 21.5.4 released with a bug fix. See EUMPLAT-2086 in Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues.

Controller 21.5.3

The 21.5.3 released with a bug fix. See MQS-1268 in Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues.

Controller 21.5.2

The 21.5.1 released with bug fixes. See DBMON-8137 and DBMON-8139 in Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues.

Controller 21.5.1

The 21.5.1 released with a bug fix. See MQS-1261 in Controller (SaaS) Resolved Issues.

Controller 21.5.0

License Management

For infrastructure-based licenses in Controller 21.5.0:

  • The license summary drill-down dashboard allows you to filter usage data by time and view a list of agents connected to a license rule. 
  • When looking at license usage and license rules, you can view and sort applications with analytics enabled.

Database Visibility

The Controller audit report can fetch the audit log for the Remove literal flag. See Controller Audit Log and Configure Query Literals Security.

The user interface is updated. You can:

21.4 Release

Account Management Enhancements

AppDynamics has enhanced user management and security for customers choosing to use AppDynamics to authenticate their users.

Enhanced Security

  • You can now have a single user identity for all your SaaS Tenants and across your entire SaaS environment.
  • You can have a single identity extended to the Account Management Portal.
  • All first user accounts authorize using a validated email.
  • Administrators can no longer create or update user passwords. Users now create and update their own passwords using an updated password security policy. 

Enhanced User Management

Administrators can now:

  • Use a single interface to centrally manage all their users regardless if they have rights on the Tenants themselves.
  • Delete users that have an inactive status.
  • View Tenants and licenses associated with users.

Experience Journey Map

Database Visibility Enhancement

License Management

  • When viewing license usage, you can customize the time range on the License Summary dashboard.

ThousandEyes Integration with AppDynamics

AppDynamics and ThousandEyes integration delivers a full-stack solution, which enables you to identify network-related performance issues to reduce the impact on critical applications. See ThousandEyes Integration with AppDynamics.

21.3 Release

Dash Studio (21.3.1)

Simple Navigations

You can now navigate from one dashboard to the other using Single Click Action option. See Dash Studio Widgets.

Dash Studio (21.3.0)

You can now set performance baselines in a Time Series widget by adding a Threshold value. See Dash Studio Widgets.

Cisco Secure Application

AppDynamics introduces Cisco Secure Application to monitor the security of APM-managed applications. The data from the managed application is scanned for any security issues and displayed in a real-time dashboard. Secure Application is bundled within the Java Agent and is available from the 21.3.0 release onwards with the purchase of an additional SKU.

21.2 Release

Agent Installer 

  • Machine Agent is supported in non-sudo installations.
  • Agent Installer supports the Infrastructure Agent.  
  • A new watchdog process is included with the Agent Installer Platform installation to monitor and ensure that agents are running properly.  
  • When installing the Agent Installer Platform with systemd, a profile is created for the watchdog process instead of for individual agents.
  • bash profiles for non-sudo installations are no longer created.


  • You can add alternative milestone events of the same event type.
  • You can configure agent-side metrics in the Metric Browser. For more information, see Troubleshoot Analytics Issues.

Cloud Native Visualization

  • Cloud Native Visualization introduces options to monitor the health and performance of entities. You can create and configure health rules to monitor the health of the entities. You can use anomaly detection to automatically detect anomalies with entities. This helps initiate remediation actions quickly. See 2021-09-03_03-42-28_Configure Entity Health
  • You can now monitor the metrics of AWS instances with both basic (5 minute granularity) and detailed (1 minute granularity) monitoring. See 2021-09-03_03-41-33_Cloud Native Visualization Metrics Overview

Database Monitoring

  • The top query statistics report for Oracle database now displays only the following statistic type data:
  • You can use the SRV Record option for MongoDB. See Configure MongoDB Collectors
  • Additional Couchbase metrics are added for the database monitoring. See Couchbase Metrics at Database Monitoring Metrics

End User Monitoring

Experience Journey Map

License Management

Controller 21.2.0 includes a new UI for managing infrastructure-based licenses.

Dash Studio (21.2.0)

Gauge Widget

You can now present metric data on a relative scale using the Gauge widget. See Dash Studio Widgets

Time Range Comparison

This feature is now available for Metric Number widget. See Time Range Comparisons.

21.1 Release

Dash Studio (21.1.0)

Grouped Widgets

You can now group two or more widgets on a single card or on their respective cards. See Dash Studio Widgets.

Label Widget

You can now apply these properties to modify the appearance of the Label widget:

  • Font Color
  • Font Size
  • Horizontal Alignment
  • Vertical Alignment

See Dash Studio Widgets.

20.12 Release

Dash Studio (uic-20.12.1)

Auto Refresh Interval

You can now enable the Auto Refresh Interval option to automatically refresh the dashboard at regular intervals. For more information, see Visual Dashboard Editor.

Group Time Range

You can now set the time range for a set of grouped widgets. For more information, see Dash Studio Widgets.

Cloud Native Visualization (uic-20.12.0)

You can now monitor the health status of entities in Cloud Native Visualization. Entities in the Relationships map, Interactions map, and the List view are grouped into healthy and unhealthy categories based on their health status. To initiate remediation actions quickly, you can click the unhealthy entity to drill down and determine the affected business transactions, services, and service instances to resolve any critical issues. For more information, see Monitor the Health of Entities.

20.11 Release

Agent Installer

Monitoring Settings

  • The content of the Monitoring Settings page has been reorganized into three tabs: Managed ProcessesUnmanaged Processes, and Uninstrumented Processes.
  • The ability to paginate has been added to the Monitoring Settings page eliminating the previous 1000 record limitation.

End User Monitoring 

Mobile Real User Monitoring

You can filter performance data, such as network requests, crashes and code issues, based on device specifications, such as CPU type, memory, disk space, and battery. See Mobile RUM Metrics for details. 

Dash Studio

Mobile Applications Metrics

Mobile Applications metrics in the Data panel of the Dash Studio allows you to filter and create customized metrics to view the performance of mobile applications. See Data Binding.

Browser Applications Metrics

Browser Applications metrics in the Data panel of the Dash Studio allows you to filter and create customized metrics to view the performance of the web applications. See Data Binding.

Simple Navigations

Simple navigation actions in Dash Studio allow you to drill down into complex and detailed information about a selected entity. See Dash Studio Widgets.

Database Visibility

You can now integrate Database Visibility with Server Visibility. See Integrate Database Visibility with Server Visibility.

There are new Oracle Server metrics available with this Controller release. See Database Monitoring Metrics.

Service Endpoints

The Service Endpoints page includes these enhancements:

  • A new grid display is available that includes a total count of entries at the bottom right of the grid. This information was previously located below the Search text box.  
  • The top toolbar on the page includes buttons for: Details,   (Delete), ExcludeView ExcludedConfigure, and Filter (replacing the previous Actions sub-menu that included these buttons).
  • When you select the Filter icon, the Filter menu panel is overlaid on top of the grid on the left side of the page and includes additional filter options.

20.10 Release

Agent Installer 

Improvements to the Agent Installer page have been implemented to improve the customer experience:

  • Overall installation process has been streamlined to reduce manual input
  • Two installation options are available:
    • Express - for new installations
    • Custom - provides options you can customize

APM Platform

The Automated Transaction Diagnostics (ATD) capability is now available for SaaS. This feature exposes periods of anomalous behavior in your business transactions and pinpoints the causal factor to facilitate a more efficient root cause analysis process. 

Using the already collected transaction snapshots, the diagnostic process:

  • Analyzes business transaction response time data to determine if there was an issue and the time period impacted. 
  • Analyzes metrics data across the business transaction path to identify the suspected cause and type of issue.
  • Provides a guided root cause analysis that diagnoses the business transaction anomaly allowing you to manage the issue before it becomes visible to customers. 

Cloud Native Visualization

AppDynamics new Cloud Native Visualization services are generally available today. Cloud Native Visualization provides new streamlined views of your application landscape enabling you to make informed decisions. By correlating application metrics and interactions to cloud infrastructure, Cloud Native Visualization enables you to explore deployments, and examine the cloud infrastructure impact on application performance.

As part of the launch program, early adopters have access to the Cloud Native Visualization functionality for six months free of charge. After six months, a purchase of new licenses is required to continue using the functionality. AppDynamics reserves the right to charge separately for Cloud Native Visualization after the end of the six month period. 

Cloud Native Visualization is available for versions:

  • SaaS Controller >= 20.10.0 

  • Java Agent >= 20.9.0 

  • .NET Agent >= 20.10.0 

  • Node.js Agent >= 20.10.0 

Note: Java Agent, .NET Agent, and Node.js Agent are required for Amazon EC2 to APM node correlation.

Cloud Native Visualization requires:

  • Applications to be deployed in Amazon Web Services (AWS).

  • Configuration changes in the AppDynamics SaaS platform to be performed by AppDynamics.

Controller configuration is being rolled out gradually to SaaS customers beginning on October 28, 2020.

Cloud Native Visualization Benefits:

  • Correlates APM data fully with cloud platform data to help you make informed decisions.

  • Ingests cloud platform metrics and metadata automatically using the AIOps platform,  thereby introducing new holistic views of your cloud application landscape.

  • Displays application services (formerly known as tiers), and related infrastructure entities such as load balancers, databases, and business transactions, in a single unified view.

Cloud Native Visualization provides full-stack correlation with these AWS services:

  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)

  • Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS)

  • Amazon Aurora

  • Amazon Elastic Load Balancers (ELB) including NLBs, ALBs and CLBs

  • Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) metadata

End User Monitoring 

  • Experience Journey Map can be filtered in the Controller UI by fields such as device, OS, and location.
  • Automatic business transaction correlation for .Net Agent 20.6.0 and higher is enabled by default. You can also manually enable and disable business transaction correlation with older APM agents or applications with frameworks other than .Net and Java. See Correlate Business Transactions for EUM Monitoring for more information. 

Browser Real User Monitoring

  • When configuring the JavaScript Agent in the Controller, you can set a custom page title to an arbitrary string. See Configure the JavaScript Agent

Mobile Real User Monitoring

  • You can filter performance data, such as network requests, crashes and code issues, based on device specifications, such as CPU type, memory, disk space, and battery. See Mobile RUM Metrics for details. 

20.9 Release

There was no 20.9.0 Controller release.

20.8 Release

Alert and Respond

Action Suppression

You can now suppress a policy's automatic invocation of actions and alerts on a recurring basis. For example, if you have scheduled maintenance every month and would not like to be notified of any event violations or trigger any actions for these events during the maintenance period, you can schedule to suppress the alerts and actions. For more information, see Configure and Manage Action Suppressions. For corresponding API updates, see Action Suppression API.

HTTP/HTTPS Proxy for On-premise Controller

You can now configure an HTTP/HTTPS proxy for an on-premise Controller. When you configure a proxy, the HTTP request actions or JIRA actions are routed through the HTTP proxy if the endpoint is an HTTP endpoint or HTTPS proxy if the endpoint is an HTTPS endpoint. You can configure the HTTP/HTTPS proxy settings in the domain.xml global configuration file. For more information, see Configure HTTP/HTTPS Proxy.

You can configure an HTTP/HTTPS proxy for an on-premise Controller only.

Database Monitoring

  • You can now view the Database Agent telemetry on the Metric Browser window. See Database Agent Telemetry for details.
  • For Oracle database, you can view the procedure for queries and view the container where the query is running. Also, you can view the CPU and Memory metrics without enabling hardware monitoring. For more information about containers and procedures, see Database Containers Window and Database Procedures Window respectively.
    To view these you must be using Database Agent 20.6 or later.
  • You can view the Database Agent related logs for debugging and resolving issues. For more information about the agent logs, see View Database Agent Properties and Logs.

Cluster Monitoring

You can now use filters to view the required event details from the list of cluster events. See Monitor Kubernetes Events.

End User Monitoring

  • You can customize Experience Journey Map by toggling performance markers on or off, and by setting values for performance thresholds and drop-off rates. See Configure Experience Journey Map for details. 
  • You can filter mobile crashes based on the following agent version fields: agent version, hybrid agent version, and hybrid agent type.
  • All Synthetic Agent IBM SoftLayer locations have been migrated to Azure and AWS. Agents in Dallas, Texas, Houston, TX, and QuĂ©retaro, Mexico are no longer available and have been replaced with San Antonio, TX with Azure. See Synthetic Agent Locations for details.
  • Browser Synthetic Monitoring has transitioned all hosted Synthetic Agent IBM locations to Azure and AWS. See Synthetic Agent Locations for an up-to-date list of agent locations and providers.

Transaction Detection for Node.js Applications

GraphQL Business Transactions, a feature that enables transaction detection on the Node.js Agent, is now available. You can define a custom match rule that separates a business transaction into several GraphQL queries with GraphQL Business Transactions. See Node.js Business Transaction Detection.

20.7 Release 

Alert and Respond

Alerting Template

You can now export a configured alerting template and save it for later use. You can import a saved template and apply it to applications. For more information, see Configure and Manage Alerting Templates.

Alert Sensitivity Tuning

You can now define a metric expression to evaluate a health rule condition and use Alert Sensitivity Tuning to fine-tune the configuration. For more information, see Create a Health Rule and Fine-tune Metric Evaluation.

Application Analytics

The End User Monitoring (EUM) filter has been added to the Analytics Home page with options to display browser and mobile sessions. See Overview of Application Analytics.

End User Monitoring

  • Experience Journey Map is supported for on-prem Controller 20.7.0 and later and requires a EUM PEAK license.  
  • You can now custom configure the JavaScript Agent in the Controller UI. This UI-based configuration is only available for SaaS Controller 20.7.0 and later. See Configure the JavaScript Agent.

20.6 Release 

Agent Installer 

The Agent Installer requires microservices configuration performed by AppDynamics. The configurations will be rolled out gradually to SaaS Controllers beginning on June 8, 2020.

The Agent Installer is now available. The Agent Installer simplifies the installation process for the Java and Machine Agents. The installer provides two lines of script that:

  • deploy the Java and (optionally) Machine Agents, 
  • automatically instrument applications, and
  • assign unique names to tiers and nodes 

The Agent Installer is available for SaaS deployments and Linux operating systems. See Agent Installer documentation for more information.  

Analytics Events Service (SaaS only)

The eventcompletionTimestamp field has been introduced for ADQL queries. eventcompletionTimestamp indicates the time that the event was received by the Events Services. See Analytics Events API for details. 

The metric processor will be rolled out gradually to SaaS Controllers. Contact AppDynamics Support for more information.

Application Analytics

Recommended Data Collectors, a feature that simplifies data collector configuration, is now available for SaaS deployments. Instead of manually configuring data collectors, you can browse and search for event data displayed in the Controller that Recommended Data Collectors automatically collects from the Java Agent.

Cluster Monitoring

The Cluster Event summary dialog is enhanced with the following additional details:

  • The Affects and the Cluster Agent Version fields are added to provide information about the affected entity and the version of the Cluster Agent respectively.
  • The Cluster Name field displays the name of the cluster along with an option to drill down. Therefore, you can launch the Cluster Agent dashboard by clicking the name.

End User Monitoring

Experience Journey Map visualizes real-time user journeys, providing performance metrics and traffic data for browser and mobile applications. This feature is only available for customers with a SaaS Controller and EUM PEAK license. 

Service Proxy 

A new service proxy feature (represented by this iconservice proxy iconhas been added to enable the system to discover the backend (remote service) as a service proxy, and display the correct component structure in a flow map. The service proxy feature is enabled in the Controller. Once the Controller has identified the backend as a service proxy, it sends the configuration information to an Agent (Java Agent version 20.5.0 and later, is the only Agent supported with this release). 

20.5 Release

The Controller release occurs every six weeks. There was no Controller release for 20.5. For bug fixes, see Past Resolved and Unknown Issues by Release.

20.4 Release

Alert and Respond

Alerting Template

AppDynamics 20.4 introduces 'Alerting Template' that allows you to efficiently maintain and manage alerting configuration at scale. An Alerting Template is a configuration of features like Health Rules, Policies, Actions, Action Suppression, Schedules, and Email digests. Templates eliminate the need to configure or update individual applications. You can easily update a template and ensure that updates are consistently applied across multiple applications. For more information, see:

Action Suppression and Email Digest APIs

AppDynamics introduces REST APIs to perform CRUD operations for action suppression and policy email digest. For more details, see:

Alert Sensitivity Tuning

AppDynamics introduces 'Alert Sensitivity Tuning (AST) that helps you visualize the impact of the alerting configuration you define. AST provides historical data for the metric or the baseline being configured. Instant insights are provided in a graphical format when you configure the alerts. Based on this data, you can set up alerts with the appropriate sensitivity and avoid false alerts. For more information, see:

Database Monitoring

  • The controller provides the following visual context for the backend database on the flow map:
    • The database icon with green mark shows that the status of the database is healthy. If there are any health rule violations, the icon changes accordingly.  
    • If there are any disconnected backend database servers, a message is displayed to connect to the appropriate server or cluster in Database Visibility.
  • The Metric browser now displays the buffer and the cache memory metrics for a Linux collector.
  • The controller now supports monitoring Apache Cassandra.

End User Monitoring

  • Business transaction correlation is enabled by default for business applications instrumented with the Java Agent 4.5.0 or higher.
  • Admin-level users can configure read-only user permissions for the Synthetic Credential Vault. 
  • Python 3 is supported in Synthetic Scripts to create Synthetic Jobs. 
  • AppDynamics offers a unified Real User Monitoring license that can be allocated to both Browser and Mobile Real User Monitoring usage. 

Known Issues

  • License service makes individual accounts' usage and term calls to the Events Service. 

SAML Authentication

The AppDynamics Controller now supports HTTP GET as well as POST for the authentication request to the identity provider for the sign-out message to the identity provider. 

20.3 Release

Alert and Respond

AppDynamics introduces REST APIs to perform CRUD operations for various actions that are triggered as a response to events.  For more details, see Actions API.

Anomaly Detection

AppDynamics root cause analysis (RCA) algorithms have been refined considerably to determine and isolate faulty components while reducing false positives. This new algorithm greatly improves the time taken to fetch metrics and hence RCA response for any anomaly event. For more information, see Troubleshooting Anomalies.

My Preferences

Time Zone

The time zone controller setting helps adjust the time zone enabling you to collaborate and troubleshoot issues with more accuracy. This setting also eliminates issues such as translating timestamp of your location to another user's time zone. See Time Zone Controller, for more details. In the 20.3.0 release, enable the ui.platform.timezone.enabled flag for the time zone capability to work. The flag will be enabled by default for the upcoming releases.

20.2 Release

The Controller release occurs every six weeks. There is no Controller release for 20.2. For bug fixes, see Past Resolved and Unknown Issues by Release.