tracing-opentelemetry 0.23.0

OpenTelemetry integration for tracing

Tracing — Structured, application-level diagnostics

Tracing OpenTelemetry

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tracing is a framework for instrumenting Rust programs to collect structured, event-based diagnostic information. This crate provides a subscriber that connects spans from multiple systems into a trace and emits them to OpenTelemetry-compatible distributed tracing systems for processing and visualization.

The crate provides the following types:

Compiler support: requires rustc 1.65+


Basic Usage

use opentelemetry::trace::TracerProvider as _;
use opentelemetry_sdk::trace::TracerProvider;
use opentelemetry_stdout as stdout;
use tracing::{error, span};
use tracing_subscriber::layer::SubscriberExt;
use tracing_subscriber::Registry;

fn main() {
    // Create a new OpenTelemetry trace pipeline that prints to stdout
    let provider = TracerProvider::builder()
    let tracer = provider.tracer("readme_example");

    // Create a tracing layer with the configured tracer
    let telemetry = tracing_opentelemetry::layer().with_tracer(tracer);

    // Use the tracing subscriber `Registry`, or any other subscriber
    // that impls `LookupSpan`
    let subscriber = Registry::default().with(telemetry);

    // Trace executed code
    tracing::subscriber::with_default(subscriber, || {
        // Spans will be sent to the configured OpenTelemetry exporter
        let root = span!(tracing::Level::TRACE, "app_start", work_units = 2);
        let _enter = root.enter();

        error!("This event will be logged in the root span.");


opentelemetry = "0.21"
opentelemetry_sdk = "0.21"
opentelemetry-stdout = { version = "0.2.0", features = ["trace"] }
tracing = "0.1"
tracing-opentelemetry = "0.22"
tracing-subscriber = "0.3"

Visualization example

# Run a supported collector like jaeger in the background
$ docker run -d -p6831:6831/udp -p6832:6832/udp -p16686:16686 jaegertracing/all-in-one:latest

# Run example to produce spans (from parent examples directory)
$ cargo run --example opentelemetry

# View spans (see the image below)
$ firefox http://localhost:16686/

Jaeger UI

Feature Flags

  • metrics: Enables the MetricsLayer type, a layer that exports OpenTelemetry metrics from specifically-named events. This enables the metrics feature flag on the opentelemetry crate.

Supported Rust Versions

Tracing Opentelemetry is built against the latest stable release. The minimum supported version is 1.60. The current Tracing version is not guaranteed to build on Rust versions earlier than the minimum supported version.

Tracing follows the same compiler support policies as the rest of the Tokio project. The current stable Rust compiler and the three most recent minor versions before it will always be supported. For example, if the current stable compiler version is 1.45, the minimum supported version will not be increased past 1.42, three minor versions prior. Increasing the minimum supported compiler version is not considered a semver breaking change as long as doing so complies with this policy.


This project is licensed under the MIT license.


Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in Tracing by you, shall be licensed as MIT, without any additional terms or conditions.