Crate tracing_tracy[][src]

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Collect Tracy profiles in tracing-enabled applications.

Assuming the application is well instrumented, this should in practice be a very low effort way to gain great amounts of insight into an application performance.

Note, however that Tracy is ultimately a profiling, not an observability, tool. As thus, some of tracing concepts cannot be represented well by Tracy. For instance, out-of-order span entries and exits, are not supported, and neither are spans that are entered and exited on different threads. This crate will attempt to mitigate the problems and retain trace validity at the cost of potentially invalid data. When such a mitigation occurs, trace will contain a message with a note about the problem.

Some other caveats to keep in mind:

  • Only span entries and exits are recorded;
  • Events show up as messages in Tracy, however Tracy can struggle with large numbers of messages;
  • Some additional functionality such as plotting and memory allocation profiling is only available as part of the tracy-client crate.


The most basic way to setup the tracy subscriber globally is as follows:

use tracing_subscriber::layer::SubscriberExt;

).expect("set up the subscriber");

Important note

Unlike with many other subscriber implementations, simply depending on this crate is sufficient for tracy to be enabled at program startup, even if TracyLayer is not registered as a subscriber. While not registering a TracyLayer will avoid Tracy from collecting spans, it still broadcasts discovery packets to the local network and exposes the data it collects in the background to that same network. Traces collected by Tracy may include source and assembly code as well.

As thus, you may want make sure to only enable the tracing-tracy crate conditionally, via the enable feature flag provided by this crate.


A tracing layer that collects data in Tracy profiling format.