Frontend/UI Configuration

Version  1.20 Latest

Configuration

Several aspects of the UI can be configured:

  • The Dependencies section can be enabled / configured
  • Google Analytics tracking can be enabled / configured
  • Additional menu options can be added to the global nav
  • Search input limits can be configured

These options can be configured by a JSON configuration file. The --query.ui-config command line parameter of the query service must then be set to the path to the JSON file when the query service is started.

An example configuration file:

{
  "dependencies": {
    "dagMaxNumServices": 200,
    "menuEnabled": true
  },
  "archiveEnabled": true,
  "tracking": {
    "gaID": "UA-000000-2",
    "trackErrors": true
  },
  "menu": [
    {
      "label": "About Jaeger",
      "items": [
        {
          "label": "GitHub",
          "url": "https://github.com/jaegertracing/jaeger"
        },
        {
          "label": "Docs",
          "url": "http://jaeger.readthedocs.io/en/latest/"
        }
      ]
    }
  ],
  "search": {
    "maxLookback": {
      "label": "2 Days",
      "value": "2d"
    },
    "maxLimit": 1500
  },
  "linkPatterns": [{
    "type": "process",
    "key": "jaeger.version",
    "url": "https://github.com/jaegertracing/jaeger-client-java/releases/tag/#{jaeger.version}",
    "text": "Information about Jaeger release #{jaeger.version}"
  }]
}

Dependencies

dependencies.dagMaxNumServices defines the maximum number of services allowed before the DAG dependency view is disabled. Default: 200.

dependencies.menuEnabled enables (true) or disables (false) the dependencies menu button. Default: true.

Archive Support

archiveEnabled enables (true) or disables (false) the archive traces button. Default: false. It requires a configuration of an archive storage in Query service. Archived traces are only accessible directly by ID, they are not searchable.

Google Analytics Tracking

tracking.gaID defines the Google Analytics tracking ID. This is required for Google Analytics tracking, and setting it to a non-null value enables Google Analytics tracking. Default: null.

tracking.trackErrors enables (true) or disables (false) error tracking via Google Analytics. Errors can only be tracked if a valid Google Analytics ID is provided. For additional details on error tracking via Google Analytics see the tracking README in the UI repo. Default: true.

Custom Menu Items

menu allows additional links to be added to the global nav. The additional links are right-aligned.

In the sample JSON config above, the configured menu will have a dropdown labeled “About Jaeger” with sub-options for “GitHub” and “Docs”. The format for a link in the top right menu is as follows:

{
  "label": "Some text here",
  "url": "https://example.com"
}

Links can either be members of the menu Array, directly, or they can be grouped into a dropdown menu option. The format for a group of links is:

{
  "label": "Dropdown button",
  "items": [ ]
}

The items Array should contain one or more link configurations.

Search Input Limit

The search.maxLimit configures the maximum results that the input let you search.

The search.maxLookback configures the maximum time before the present users can query for traces. The options in the Lookback dropdown greater than this value will not be shown.

FieldDescription
labelThe text displayed in the search form dropdown
valueThe value submitted in the search query if the label is selected

The linkPatterns node can be used to create links from fields displayed in the Jaeger UI.

FieldDescription
typeThe metadata section in which your link will be added: process, tags, logs, traces
keyThe name of tag/process/log attribute which value will be displayed as a link, this field is not necessary for type traces.
urlThe URL where the link should point to, it can be an external site or relative path in Jaeger UI
textThe text displayed in the tooltip for the link

Both url and text can be defined as templates (i.e. using #{field-name}) where Jaeger UI will dynamically substitute values based on tags/logs/traces data.

For traces, the supported template fields are: duration, endTime, startTime, traceName and traceID.

Embedded Mode

Starting with version 1.9, Jaeger UI provides an “embedded” layout mode which is intended to support integrating Jaeger UI into other applications. Currently (as of v0), the approach taken is to remove various UI elements from the page to make the UI better suited for space-constrained layouts.

The embedded mode is induced and configured via URL query parameters.

To enter embedded mode, the uiEmbed=v0 query parameter and value must be added to the URL. For example, the following URL will show the trace with ID abc123 in embedded mode:

http://localhost:16686/trace/abc123?uiEmbed=v0

uiEmbed=v0 is required.

Further, each page supported has an button added that will open the non-embedded page in a new tab.

The following pages support embedded mode:

  • Search Page
  • Trace Page

Search Page

To integrate the Search Trace Page to our application we have to indicate to the Jaeger UI that we want to use the embed mode with uiEmbed=v0.

For example:

http://localhost:16686/search?
    service=my-service&
    start=1543917759557000&
    end=1543921359557000&
    limit=20&
    lookback=1h&
    maxDuration&
    minDuration&
    uiEmbed=v0

Embed Search Traces

Configuration options

The following query parameter can be used to configure the layout of the search page :

  • uiSearchHideGraph=1 - disables the display of the scatter plot above the search results
http://localhost:16686/search?
    service=my-service&
    start=1543917759557000&
    end=1543921359557000&
    limit=20&
    lookback=1h&
    maxDuration&
    minDuration&
    uiEmbed=v0&
    uiSearchHideGraph=1

Embed Search Traces without Graph

Trace Page

To integrate the Trace Page to our application we have to indicate to the Jaeger UI that we want to use the embed mode with uiEmbed=v0.

For example:

http://localhost:16686/trace/{trace-id}?uiEmbed=v0

Embed Trace view

If we have navigated to this view from the search traces page we’ll have a button to go back to the results page.

Embed Trace view

Configuration options

The following query parameters can be used to configure the layout of the trace page :

  • uiTimelineCollapseTitle=1 causes the trace header to start out collapsed, which hides the summary and the minimap.
http://localhost:16686/trace/{trace-id}?
    uiEmbed=v0&
    uiTimelineCollapseTitle=1

Embed Trace view

  • uiTimelineHideMinimap=1 removes the minimap, entirely, regardless of whether the trace header is expanded or not.
http://localhost:16686/trace/{trace-id}?
    uiEmbed=v0&
    uiTimelineHideMinimap=1

Embed Trace view

  • uiTimelineHideSummary=1 - removes the trace summary information (number of services, etc.) entirely, regardless of whether the trace header is expanded or not.
http://localhost:16686/trace/{trace-id}?
    uiEmbed=v0&
    uiTimelineHideSummary=1

Embed Trace view

We can also combine the options:

http://localhost:16686/trace/{trace-id}?
    uiEmbed=v0&
    uiTimelineHideMinimap=1&
    uiTimelineHideSummary=1

Embed Trace view