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Get started with engineering insights

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Last edited: May 01, 2024
Engineering insights is an Enterprise feature

Engineering insights is available to customers on an Enterprise plan. To learn more, read about our pricing. To upgrade your plan, contact Sales.


This topic explains how to set up projects, environments, and applications, and begin using engineering insights.


You should understand the following concepts before you set up your project summary page.

Projects and environments

Engineering insights uses all the same projects and environments that you've already set up as part of your feature management. Projects let you manage multiple different business objectives from one LaunchDarkly account. Environments are organizational units contained within projects. They allow you to manage your feature flags throughout your development lifecycle.

To learn more, read Projects and Environments.


Applications are a part of your codebase for which you want to track deployments. Applications usually correspond to a single repository in your version control system. To learn more, read Applications.

Get started

To get started, first reach out to your LaunchDarkly account representative and confirm that engineering insights is enabled for your account.

Then, you can access Engineering insights from the left nav:

"Engineering insights" in the left nav of the LaunchDarkly user interface.
"Engineering insights" in the left nav of the LaunchDarkly user interface.

When you're done using engineering insights and want to navigate back to the flags list, click the product switcher menu and choose Feature management:

The product switcher menu with "Feature management" called out.
The product switcher menu with "Feature management" called out.

The releases and flag health metrics are available as soon as you access engineering insights. They don't need any additional configuration. To learn more, read Releases and Flag health.

To enable other metrics, you can either:

  • click Get started in the lower right corner and select a configuration step, or
  • click your profile picture and select "Configure metrics."

The configuration instructions guide you through configuring deployment information, installing the GitHub app, and setting up code references:

The "Configuration" dialog.
The "Configuration" dialog.

You can click the arrow icon next to each step to view detailed instructions. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below:

  1. Send deployment information to LaunchDarkly
  2. Install the GitHub app
  3. Set up code references

After you complete these steps, you can confirm your setup.

Confirm your setup

To confirm you have set up everything correctly:

  • Check for data on the Deployments page. After you have set up and sent at least one deployment event, the deployment frequency chart and the deployments table will start filling with data.

  • Check for data on the Lead time page. After you have set up the GitHub app, LaunchDarkly will start receiving commit and pull request (PR) information for all future PRs. LaunchDarkly will also backfill events for the last 90 days, although this can take up to 24 hours to complete. The lead time chart and the pull requests list will start filling with data.

Learn more

To learn more about engineering insights events and applications, explore the topics in this category:

  • Send deployment information
  • Install the GitHub app
  • Set up code references
  • Applications