What does the AWS CloudWatch metric RequestCount mean?


I’m trying to figure out the meaning of the AWS CloudWatch metric RequestCount. The only documentation I can find says The number of requests handled by the load balancer, which is remarkably unhelpful:

  • Is this a total count or some sort of rate? The graphs don’t show a monotonically increasing total value, which makes me doubt it is a total.
  • Over what time period is this count/rate? Does it reset periodically?
  • Why isn’t the internet filled with people asking this question?


  1. It will report a sum of all requests over the reporting period selected. If 1 min is selected, then you will get requests per minute.
  2. This is selectable. Between 1 min and 1 day.

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