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Monitoring Jaeger

Jaeger itself is a distributed, microservices based system. If you run it in production, you will likely want to setup adequate monitoring for different components, e.g. to ensure that the backend is not saturated by too much tracing data.


By default Jaeger microservices expose metrics in Prometheus format. It is controlled by the following command line options:

  • --metrics-backend controls how the measurements are exposed. The default value is prometheus, another option is expvar, the Go standard mechanism for exposing process level statistics.
  • --metrics-http-route specifies the name of the HTTP endpoint used to scrape the metrics (/metrics by default).

Each Jaeger component exposes the metrics scraping endpoint on one of the HTTP ports they already serve:



Jaeger components only log to standard out, using structured logging library link configured to write log lines as JSON encoded strings, for example:

{"level":"info","ts":1517621222.261759,"caller":"healthcheck/handler.go:99","msg":"Health Check server started","http-port":14269,"status":"unavailable"}

The log level can be adjusted via --log-level command line switch; default level is info.