Tracing (DEPRECATED)

Version history
  • Moved from GitLab Ultimate to GitLab Free in 13.5.
  • Deprecated in GitLab 14.7.
  • Moved behind a feature flag named monitor_tracing in GitLab 15.0. Disabled by default.
caution
This feature is in its end-of-life process. It is deprecated in GitLab 14.7. It will be removed completely in GitLab 15.2.
On self-managed GitLab, by default this feature is not available. To make it available, ask an administrator to enable the feature flag named monitor_tracing. On GitLab.com, this feature is not available. This feature is not recommended for production use.

Tracing provides insight into the performance and health of a deployed application, tracking each function or microservice that handles a given request. Tracing makes it easy to understand the end-to-end flow of a request, regardless of whether you are using a monolithic or distributed system.

Install Jaeger

Jaeger is an open source, end-to-end distributed tracing system used for monitoring and troubleshooting microservices-based distributed systems. To learn more about installing Jaeger, read the official Getting Started documentation.

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GitLab provides an easy way to open the Jaeger UI from within your project:

  1. Set up Jaeger and configure your application using one of the client libraries.
  2. Navigate to your project’s Settings > Monitor and provide the Jaeger URL.
  3. Select Save changes for the changes to take effect.
  4. You can now visit Monitor > Tracing in your project’s sidebar and GitLab redirects you to the configured Jaeger URL.