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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 opentelemetry python 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

  • Those lines are the only ones you need to enable tracing

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


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
from azure.core.tracing.ext.opentelemetry_span import OpenTelemetrySpan

settings.tracing_implementation = OpenTelemetrySpan

# In the below example, we use a simple console exporter, uncomment these lines to use
# the Azure Monitor Exporter.
# Example of Azure Monitor exporter, but you can use anything OpenTelemetry supports
# from azure_monitor import AzureMonitorSpanExporter
# exporter = AzureMonitorSpanExporter(
#     instrumentation_key="uuid of the instrumentation key (see your Azure Monitor account)"
# )

# 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 SimpleExportSpanProcessor

# 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('mycontainer')  # Call will be traced

Azure Exporter can be found in the package opentelemetry-azure-monitor-exporter


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

1.0.0b9 (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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