You can share the URL from the different views in Lightstep (Trace, Explorer, etc.), and users will be taken into Lightstep to that view. If you integrate with Slack, you can post a URL for an Explorer query, a Stream, or a Trace view in Slack and members can see a preview of that data directly in the channel.

Read on to see the different ways you can share Lightstep views with your teammates.

Share a Snapshot

Snapshots provide a view into saved data that you can share with other Lightstep users. When you share a Snapshot, the user can work with the exact data in the same way that you did. When the user click’s the link, the query is run using the data from the Snapshot (instead of live data).

To share a Snapshot, access the Snapshot in the Explorer view, click Share.

If you’ve set up an integration with Slack, when you post the URL in a channel, a preview of the histogram is shown, instead of just the URL.

Share a Trace View

The URL for a Trace view maintains the exact span and trace ID, so when shared, the user sees the exact trace data that you saw.

If you’ve set up an integration with Slack, when you post the URL in a channel, a preview of that trace, along with important information is shown, instead of just the URL.

Share a Service Directory View

You can share your Service Directory view by copying and pasting the URL from your browser. This view allows you to view all your services and their performance in one place. You can filter by things like platform, ingress/egress operations, and percentile, and sort the results table. Your service selection and any filtering and sorting are propagated to the URL so when it’s shared and clicked, the user will see the same selection, filtering, and sorting.

Share a Dashboard

You can share dashboards by copying and pasting the URL from your browser. Dashboards are collections of Streams. The URL for a dashboard includes the time period shown in the stream, so that time period is maintained when you share that URL. However, the Streams will be updated to show the latest data.

Share a Stream

To share a Stream, click the Share button to copy a shortened URL.

Streams are time-series views for saved queries that are updated continuously. The URL includes the time period selected for the stream, as well as any other filtering you may have done. Copy and paste, and the user will see what you saw, although the Stream will have been updated to show the latest data.

If you’ve set up an integration with Slack, when you post the URL in a channel, a preview of the Stream is shown, instead of just the URL.

If you want to embed a Stream in another app, instead of using the URL, follow these instructions.