This page is designed for application developers who want to collect Cloud Trace data for Java applications by using OpenTelemetry. OpenTelemetry is a set of instrumentation libraries for collecting trace and metric data; these libraries work with multiple backends. To collect traces with OpenTelemetry and Java, you do the following, as described on this page:
- Install the OpenTelemetry packages.
- Configure your application to export spans to Cloud Trace.
- Configure your platform.
For release information, see the following:
For the latest details about OpenTelemetry for Java, along with additional documentation and examples, see OpenTelemetry.
Before you begin
- You must use Java 8 or later.
Verify that the Cloud Trace API is enabled for your Google Cloud project:
Click the following button or, in the Google Cloud console, select APIs & Services, and then select Cloud Trace API:
On the Cloud Trace API page, if a button labeled Enable is displayed, then click it. If this button isn't displayed, then the Cloud Trace API is enabled for the selected project.
Install the OpenTelemetry packages
To collect traces, add OpenTelemetry tracing and the Cloud Trace exporter for OpenTelemetry to your application's Maven or Gradle file:
For the required exporter dependencies, see the following table:
<dependency> <groupId>com.google.cloud.opentelemetry</groupId> <artifactId>exporter-trace</artifactId> <version>0.15.0</version> </dependency>
The previous statements specify an exporter version. Ensure that you select the latest exporter release.
The previous statement specifies an exporter version. Ensure that you select the latest exporter release.
Configure the export of spans to Cloud Trace
To export the collected Trace data, use a
TraceExporter object. The following illustrates how to create
this object with a default configuration:
TraceExporter traceExporter = TraceExporter.createWithDefaultConfiguration();
You can also specify a configuration and then pass that to the exporter. For example, the following code sets the Google Cloud project:
TraceExporter traceExporter = TraceExporter.createWithConfiguration( TraceConfiguration.builder().setProjectId("MY_PROJECT").build());
After the exporter is configured, set the
OpenTelemetrySdk.builder() .setTracerProvider( SdkTracerProvider.builder() .addSpanProcessor(BatchSpanProcessor.builder(traceExporter).build()) .build()) .buildAndRegisterGlobal();
In the previous example, the call to
BatchSpanProcessor configures the
provider to send spands with a background process. We recommend that you use
this configuration unless you are using Cloud Run.
Cloud Run doesn't support background processes.
For information about how to set authentication fields, see the setup section of Cloud Trace exporter for OpenTelemetry.
For information about how to configure your application to capture trace spans, see OpenTelemetry Tracing. This page describes how to do all of the following:
- Create a span
- Create nested spans
- Set span attributes
- Create spans with events
- Create spans with links
For information about how to configure when traces are sampled, see OpenTelemetry Sampler. This page describes the sampling options that are available to you.
For a sample application, see TraceExporterExample.java.
Configure your platform
You can use Cloud Trace on Google Cloud and other platforms.
Running on Google Cloud
When your application is running on Google Cloud, you don't need to provide authentication credentials in the form of a service account to the client library. However, you do need to ensure that your Google Cloud platform has the Cloud Trace API access scope enabled.
For a list of supported Google Cloud environments, see Environment support.
For the following configurations, the default access-scope settings enable the Cloud Trace API:
- App Engine flexible environment
App Engine standard environment
Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)
If you use custom access scopes, then you must ensure that Cloud Trace API access scope is enabled:
For information about how to configure the access scopes for your environment by using the Google Cloud console, see Configuring your Google Cloud project.
gcloudusers, specify access scopes using the
--scopesflag and include the
trace.appendCloud Trace API access scope. For example, to create a GKE cluster with only the Cloud Trace API enabled, do the following:
gcloud container clusters create example-cluster-name --scopes=https://www.googleapis.com/auth/trace.append
Running locally and elsewhere
If your application is running outside of Google Cloud, then you must provide authentication credentials in the form of a service account to the client library. The service account must contain the Cloud Trace agent role. For instructions, see Creating a service account.
Google Cloud client libraries use Application Default Credentials (ADC) to find your application's credentials.
You can provide these credentials in one of three ways:
gcloud auth application-default login
Place the service account in a default path for your operating system. The following lists the default paths for Windows and Linux:
GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALSenvironment variable to the path to your service account:
Viewing the traces
After deployment, you can view the traces in the console Trace Viewer.
For information on troubleshooting issues with Cloud Trace, go to the Troubleshooting page.
- OpenTelemetry/opentelemetry-java GitHub repository
- Google Cloud opentelemetry-operations-java GitHub repository.