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Microsoft Azure Azure Core OpenTelemetry plugin Library for Python

Project description

Azure Core Tracing OpenTelemetry client library for Python

Getting started

Install the package

Install the Azure Core OpenTelemetry Tracing plugin for Python with pip:

pip install azure-core-tracing-opentelemetry

Now you can use OpenTelemetry for Python as usual with any SDKs that are compatible with azure-core tracing. This includes (not exhaustive list), azure-storage-blob, azure-keyvault-secrets, azure-eventhub, etc.

Key concepts

  • You don't need to pass any context, SDK will get it for you

  • There are two ways to enable the tracing plugin in code:

    from azure.core.settings import settings
    from azure.core.tracing.ext.opentelemetry_span import OpenTelemetrySpan
    settings.tracing_implementation = OpenTelemetrySpan


    from azure.core.settings import settings
    settings.tracing_implementation = "opentelemetry"
  • Alternatively, if you have the latest version of azure-core installed, you can also set the following environment variable to enable tracing with OpenTelemetry:



There is no explicit context to pass, you just create your usual opentelemetry tracer and call any SDK code that is compatible with azure-core tracing. This is an example using Azure Monitor exporter, but you can use any exporter (Zipkin, etc.).

# Declare OpenTelemetry as enabled tracing plugin for Azure SDKs
from azure.core.settings import settings

settings.tracing_implementation = "opentelemetry"

# In the below example, we use a simple console exporter, uncomment these lines to use
# the OpenTelemetry exporter for Azure Monitor.
# Example of a trace exporter for Azure Monitor, but you can use anything OpenTelemetry supports
# from azure.monitor.opentelemetry.exporter import AzureMonitorTraceExporter
# exporter = AzureMonitorTraceExporter(
#     connection_string="the connection string used for your Application Insights resource"
# )

# Regular open telemetry usage from here, see
# for details
from opentelemetry import trace
from opentelemetry.sdk.trace import TracerProvider
from opentelemetry.sdk.trace.export import ConsoleSpanExporter
from opentelemetry.sdk.trace.export import SimpleSpanProcessor

# Simple console exporter
exporter = ConsoleSpanExporter()

tracer = trace.get_tracer(__name__)

# Example with Storage SDKs

from import BlobServiceClient

with tracer.start_as_current_span(name="MyApplication"):
    client = BlobServiceClient.from_connection_string('connectionstring')
    client.create_container('my_container')  # Call will be traced

The Azure Monitor OpenTelemetry Exporter can be found in the azure-monitor-opentelemetry-exporter package.

HTTP instrumentation

With the Azure Core OpenTelemetry Tracing plugin enabled, HTTP requests made by Azure SDK clients are typically instrumented via the DistributedTracingPolicy automatically. Since Azure Core handles HTTP instrumentation for Azure service calls, automatic HTTP instrumentation from other libraries such as opentelemetry-requests-instrumentation are suppressed to avoid duplicate spans from being created.


This client raises exceptions defined in Azure Core.

Next steps

More documentation on OpenTelemetry configuration can be found on the OpenTelemetry website


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Release History

1.0.0b11 (2023-09-07)

Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed OpenTelemetrySpan typing to correctly implement the AbstractSpan protocol. (#31943)

1.0.0b10 (2023-07-11)

Features Added

  • Enabled the use of the context keyword argument for passing in context headers of a parent span. This will be the parent context used when creating the span. (#30411)

Breaking Changes

  • Remapped certain attributes to converge with OpenTelemetry semantic conventions (#29203):
    • x-ms-client-request-id -> az.client_request_id,
    • x-ms-request-id -> az.service_request_id,
    • http.user_agent -> user_agent.original,
    • message_bus.destination ->,
    • peer.address ->,

Other Changes

  • Python 2.7 is no longer supported. Please use Python version 3.7 or later.
  • Nested internal spans are now suppressed with just the outermost internal span being recorded. Nested client spans will be children of the outermost span. (#29616)
  • When client spans are created, a flag is set to indicate that automatic HTTP instrumentation should be suppressed. Since azure-core already instruments HTTP calls, this prevents duplicate spans from being produced. (#29616)
  • Schema URL is now set on the tracer's instrumentation scope. (#30014)
  • Minimum opentelemetry-api dependency bumped to 1.12.0.
  • Minimum azure-core dependency bumped to 1.24.0.

1.0.0b9 (2021-04-06)

  • Updated opentelemetry-api to version 1.0.0
  • Link and SpanKind can now be added while creating the span instance.

1.0.0b8 (2021-02-08)

  • Pinned opentelemetry-api to version 0.17b0

1.0.0b7 (2020-10-05)

  • Pinned opentelemetry-api to version 0.13b0

1.0.0b6 (2020-07-06)

  • Pinned opentelemetry-api to version 0.10b0

1.0.0b5 (2020-06-08)

  • Pinned opentelemetry-api to version 0.8b0
  • Fixed a bug where DefaultSpan sometimes throws an AttributeError.

1.0.0b4 (2020-05-04)

  • link and link_from_headers now accepts attributes.

1.0.0b3 (2020-04-06)


  • Pinned opentelemetry-api to version 0.6b0

1.0.0b2 (2020-03-09)


  • Pinned opentelemetry-api to version 0.4a0



  • Opentelemetry implementation of azure-core tracing protocol

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