You pay based on the level of visibility into your applications - no arbitrary server, user or request limits

  • Lite
  • 39 € / application / month
    • Limited APM features[2]
    • Unlimited hosts and requests[1]
    • 24 hours data retention
    • Includes 5 collected traces/minute
    • Trigger 10 000 traces with callgraph manually every month
    • Includes 1 staging and unlimited profiling only applications
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  • Basic
  • 89 € / application / month
    • All APM features
    • Unlimited hosts and requests[1]
    • 3 days data retention
    • Includes 25 collected traces/minute
      (15€ for each 25 traces extra)
    • Trigger 25 000 traces with callgraph manually every month
    • Includes 3 staging and unlimited profiling only applications
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  • Standard
  • 159 € / application / month
    • All APM features
    • Unlimited hosts and requests[1]
    • 14 days data retention
    • Includes 50 collected traces/minute
      (20€ for each 25 traces extra)
    • Trigger 50 000 traces with callgraph manually every month
    • Includes 3 staging and unlimited profiling only applications
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[1] You can install Tideways on as many development, staging or production hosts as you want. Monitoring an unlimited amount of requests is possible through pre-aggregating data on each daemon and inside collection proxies before data reaches our backend. For setups with over 2 hosts (lite) 5 hosts (basic) or 10 hosts (standard) a soft-limit applies, where we require you to use a dedicated collection proxy to continue collecting all monitoring data from additional hosts. You can install and operate the proxy yourself on-premise (free) or we can host it for you (199€/month). Otherwise collection gets throttled down to the host limit. Collection proxies hosted by us can be re-used for all applications within the same organization.

[2] The Lite plan only contains limited APM (Application Performance Management) functionality. The following features are *not* included in the Lite plan: Error/Exception Tracking, Transaction-level histograms and percentiles, dedicated CLI and worker monitoring, multi-service monitoring, detailed SQL statement profiling, deployment and event tracking, notifications, REST-API.

High-level Tracing Profiler Yes Yes Yes Yes
Callstack Profiler for PHP 1 000 traces/month 10 000 traces/month 25 000 traces/month 50 000 traces/month
Detailed SQL Profiling Yes Yes Yes Yes
Application and Transaction Monitoring 1 hour retention,
transaction data limited
24 hours retention,
transaction data limited
3 days retention 14 days retention
Request Limits Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Host/Server Limits 1 server 2 servers
unlimited with proxy
5 servers
unlimited with proxy
10 servers
unlimited with proxy
Sampled Transaction Tracing 2 traces per minute 5 traces per minute 25 traces per minute
Extra 25 traces are 15€ each
50 traces per minute
Extra 25 traces are 20€ each
Multiple Services Yes Yes Yes
CLI/Background Worker monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Staging, QA and Development Environments Includes
1 staging application
3 staging applications
3 staging applications
Error and Exception Tracking Yes Yes Yes
Deployment and Event Tracking Yes Yes
Historical View Yes Yes
Notifications and Integrations Yes Yes
Teams Yes
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You have a lot of control what kind of requests Tideways is monitoring or tracing. By default Tideways runs on all web based requests (PHP-FPM, Apache or CGI SAPIs) with a sample rate of 25% to run detailed tracing and the other 75% to just collect basic monitoring data.

You can customize the trace collection to your needs with different configuration flags or even with PHP code if you need more flexibility. For example you can enable monitoring or tracing in CLI or in worker scripts.

When a request is monitored the only information collected is about the transaction type and how long it took from start to end. This data is aggregated to describe the full distribution of all response times for every transaction.

When a request is traced, then the result is send to the daemon for re-sampling based on its response time, service and transaction and your traces/minute limit.

How do you define an application?

We charge per application which makes the definition of what an application is in Tideways pretty relevant. An application is either a monolithic or multi-service code-base that you as a user are interested in tracking individual performance data for. An application is comprised of one or multiple services that provide different so-called transactions (could be page-types, endpoints, urls, scripts, workers...).

There are soft limits of 10 active services and 1000 active transactions in place currently and exceeding them may lead to some truncation. We are working on increasing limits and dynamic re-allocation of those limits based on usage (dropping old or low-traffic services and transactions).

Can I mix different plans inside one organization/account?

Yes, you can mix applications with different plans inside one organization/account. This allows you to flexibily choose different features, retention and visibility depending of the kind of monitoring and profiling insights that you need for every application.

You pick a plan with a traces/minute threshold for your application. For the basic and standard plan you can increase the traces/minute limit as high as you need. Tideways then uses this limit to sample traces inside the daemons running on all of your application hosts. The daemon then decides which traces to keep based on several criteria such as response time, type of transaction, last seen trace of the transaction. This decision criteria are continously optimized to achieve the highest possible visibility into your application.

With the configured sample rate in the Tideways PHP extension, you control how many traces the daemon can take into account when re-sampling. A sample rate in the extension that collects more traces/minute than your limit is not wasteful, because

A Tideways trace contains detailed event information about framework calls, SQL queries, HTTP requests, caches, NoSQL databases and other external systems.

Monitoring systems collect a vast amount of data and this has a huge effect on processing and storage costs. To provide you with an affordable product, we limit the amount of time that we store monitoring and tracing data for, because from our customer surveys we know that you are much more interested in recent data, than historical data. Data that is older than the retention of your application is automatically purged. We aggregate high-level monitoring data into a historical view to allow comparison with old versions of your application in the past.

The standard plan includes 14 days of data retention for monitoring, tracing, error and event data collected from your servers. The basic plan has a limit of 3 days and lite applications only store up to a limit of 1 day. Staging applications have 60 minutes of retention.

Callgraph profiles and Timeline traces manually triggered with the Cloud Profiler by a developer are always stored for 30 days. These profiles are counted towards an organization wide limit which depends on the number and type of applications. With the Profiler plus upgrade you get extra callgraph traces and the storage is increased to 60 days.

There are server limits for our monitoring plans starting at 1 for staging, 2 for lite and 5 for basic and 10 for standard that automatically take effect when you collect from more than this number of servers. We will be throttling the traffic from additional servers and may even reject data from some of them.

To enable monitoring from an unlimited amount of servers, you will need to operate a pre-aggregation proxy between Tideways backend and your servers. You can install this proxy on-premise in your own datacenter or let us host it for you. Our hosting partners can also provide a proxy in their hosting environment.

Running a proxy on-premise in your datacenter is free once we have a version ready for the public. Until then we are running proxies on our infrastructure to get more experience with different workloads and customer setups. During this testing phase in the next months hosted proxies will be free of charge. Afterwards we offer a hosted license for 199€/month that can be used for all applications in an organization.

If you have at least one lite, basic or standard plan, then you can create an unlimited number of development applications, where you can only use the Profiler, no monitoring features. Traces triggered in these applications take away from the organization-level amount of traces that you can trigger every month. This is helpful to get every developer his own Tideways application to collect traces in.

If you need monitoring for a lot of applications, then you can always use the additional staging applications included in lite, basic and standard plans to monitor additional sites.

If that doesn't work for you, then please contact us to discuss a solution.

For 129€ you can upgrade the Cloud Profiler to include an additional 250.000 callgraph traces stored for 60 days. In addition we activate the "Teams" feature if you don't have a standard application license so that you can better control access to different profiling applications for developers.

Yes, if you need more long-term contracts with a fixed scope of traces please send an e-mail to so that we can discuss the details.

At the moment we only accept credit-cards for the one month contracts.

As a company located in Germany, Austria or Switzerland we accept payment by direct bank transfer through SEPA, but only if your monthly invoice amount is larger than 150€.

All prices are excluding VAT. We are based in Germany, which means that you have to pay VAT if you are based in Europe. Our payment provider handles European reverse charge VAT process. Please be aware that for regulatory reasons we cannot sell Tideways to consumers living in Europe, you must provide a valid EU VAT number if you order from a European country.

International customers (Non-European-Union) do not have to pay VAT/sales tax.

Yes, we can offer you considerable discounts if you are a registered non-profit organization (NGO) or education institution in the US or Europe and match our criteria. Please get in contact for more information.

All data is sent to our servers using SSL encryption. We follow a "safe by default" policy and only transmit data that cannot contain personal data of your website users. Activating features which send additional data always explain potential risks.

On top of that you are in full control which additional data you want to send yourself.

We are hosting Tideways in SysEleven's datacenters located in Berlin, Germany.