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Java Installation Guide

Learn how to auto-instrument your Java app using OpenTelemetry and Lightstep.

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Python: Installation Guide

Learn how to auto-instrument your Python app using OpenTelemetry and Lightstep.

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.NET Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in .NET, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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.NET Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in .NET, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Add Spans to Create Traces

If you've instrumented your app using a Lightstep auto-installer, or if you've only just started instrumenting individual services, you'll likely need to add spans to create traces from a complete request.

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Add infrastructure Metrics to Your Instrumentation

Lightstep can ingest infrastructure metrics from your instrumentation to report on things like CPU and memory usage to help you resolve incidents fater.

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Already Instrumented?

If you've already instrumented your system, but were using another tracing library, no worries! Lightstep can ingest that instrumentation with almost no additional code needed.

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Auto-Instrument Your Framework

Auto-instrumentation provides out-of-the-box tracing of popular frameworks (such as Django and Spring), common protocols (HTTP, gRPC) and data store drivers (MySQL, MongoDB). You can see traces in Lightstep almost immediately.

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C# Add Spans

Manually add spans to your C# service.

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C#/.NET Instrumentation

Use C#/.NET to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing.

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C#/.NET Manual Instrumentation with OpenTracing

Configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your C# service. You install both the OpenTracing API and Lightstep tracer and then use the OpenTracing and Lightstep APIs to instrument your code.

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C#/.NET Quick Start

If your app is written in .NET, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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C++ Add Spans

Manually add spans to your C++ service.

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C++ Instrumentation Using OpenTracing

Use C++ to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing.

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C++ Manual Instrumentation for OpenTracing

This Quick Start will have you configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your C++ service. You install both the OpenTracing API and Lightstep tracer and then use the OpenTracing and Lightstep APIs to instrument your code.

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C++ Quick Start

This Quick Start will have you configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your C++ service. You install both the OpenTracing API and Lightstep tracer and then use the OpenTracing and Lightstep APIs to instrument your code.

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Coding For Observability

Best practices in distributed tracing for documenting the system behaviors that are expected to change along with a particular code change.

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Create and Manage Access Tokens

Lightstep use access tokens to identify the project the tracer is reporting for. Lightstep Satellites need this token to accept and store span data from the tracer.

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Dimensionality in Observability

A key part of an organization's observability strategy is creating and maintaining the ability to think about and compare applications “horizontally”. When telemetry for observability is unique to each application or framework it causes new organizational issues.

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Go Add Spans

Manually add spans to your Go service.

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Golang Instrumentation Using OpenTracing

Use Go to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing.

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Golang Manual Instrumentation with OpenTracing

Configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your Go service. You install both the OpenTracing API and Lightstep tracer and then use the OpenTracing and Lightstep APIs to instrument your code.

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Golang Quick Start

This Quick Start will have you configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your Go service. You install both the OpenTracing API and Lightstep tracer and then use the OpenTracing and Lightstep APIs to instrument your code.

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Instrument Your Code

Observability gives you the necessary information about the health and efficiency of your system. However, systems are large and complex, so the question is what do you decide to measure and where do you start?

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Instrument with Istio as Your Service Mesh

Lightstep works with many service meshes, and Lightstep + Istio is an easy way to get quick visibility into service performance and availability from the perspective of the service mesh.

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Java Add Spans

Manually add spans to your Java service.

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Java Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in Java, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Java SpecialAgent, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported third-party framework libraries (like the Elasticsearch client, RxJava, or the Kafka client) will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Java Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in Java, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Java SpecialAgent, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported third-party framework libraries (like the Elasticsearch client, RxJava, or the Kafka client) will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Java Instrumentation Using OpenTracing

Use Java to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing.

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Java Manual Instrumentation with OpenTracing

Configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your Java service. You install both the OpenTracing API and Lightstep tracer and then use the OpenTracing and Lightstep APIs to instrument your code.

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Java Quick Start

If your app is written in Java, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Java SpecialAgent, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported third-party framework libraries (like the Elasticsearch client, RxJava, or the Kafka client) will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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JavaScript Add Spans

Manually add spans to your JavaScript service.

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JavaScript Instrumentation Using OpenTracing

Use JavaScript to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing.

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JavaScript Manual Instrumentation with OpenTracing

Configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your JavaScript service. You install both the OpenTracing API and Lightstep tracer and then use the OpenTracing and Lightstep APIs to instrument your code.

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JavaScript/Node Quick Start

If your app is written in Node.js, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Lightstep Integrations

Lightstep integrates with leading cloud-native technologies, service meshes for microservices, and enterprise data visualization and collaboration tools. These turnkey integrations make it easy to deploy Lightstep across large-scale production systems so users get the unrivaled performance insights it provides when they need it and as part of their standard, established workflows.

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Load Balance Lightstep

Having effective load balancing of your Lightstep Satellites is important to ensure a consistent and adjustable recall window for the Satellite pool and allow for efficient use of Satellite computing resources.

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Manage Email Notifications

Lightstep automatically determines how well your services are instrumented and performing, and sends email notifications that let you know how you're doing.

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Manual Instrumentation Using OpenTracing

While auto-instrumentation using the Lightstep auto-installers can get you started, you'll often need to use manual instrumentation to get full distributed tracing.

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Measure Your Instrumentation Quality

The span data that you view and use in Lightstep for observability into your system depends on the quality of your tracing instrumentation. The better and more comprehensive your instrumentation is, the better Lightstep can collect and analyze your data to provide highly actionable information. Lightstep analyzes the instrumentation on your services and determines how you can improve it to make Lightstep work even better for you.

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Monitor Lightstep Performance

Lightstep performance is based on the ingress and egress of data from the tracers to the Satellites, the amount of memory the Satellites have to store that data, and the length of the recall window. You can monitor the performance of Lightstep and tune Satellites to avoid dropped spans.

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Monitor Services, Tracers, and Satellites

The Reporting Status page provides an active view of the Lightstep Tracer clients and Satellites over a trailing 60-second window.

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Node.js Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in Node.js, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Node.js Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in Node.js, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Objective-C Add Spans

Manually add spans to your Objective-C service.

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Objective-C and Swift Instrumentation Using OpenTracing

Use Objective-C and Swift to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing.

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Objective-C and Swift Manual Instrumentation

Configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your Objective-C/Swift service. You install both the Lightstep tracer and then use the Lightstep API to instrument your code.

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Objective-C and Swift Quick Start

This Quick Start will have you configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your Objective-C/Swift service. You install both the Lightstep tracer and then use the Lightstep API to instrument your code.

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Observe Mobile Device Behavior

Learn how Lightstep handles mobile devices

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PHP Add Spans

Manually add spans to your PHP service.

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PHP Instrumentation Using OpenTracing

Use PHP to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing.

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PHP Manual Instrumentation for OpenTracing

Configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your PHP service. You install the Lightstep tracer and then use the Lightstep API to instrument your code.

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PHP Quick Start

This Quick Start will have you configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your PHP service. You install the Lightstep tracer and then use the Lightstep API to instrument your code.

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Performance Is A Shape. Cost Is A Number: Sampling

Learn how distributed tracing sampling impacts the ability to analyze observability data, using key=value restrictions for some keys and grouping the output based on other keys.

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Python Add Spans

Manually add spans to your Python service.

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Python Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in Python, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported frameworks, data stores, and libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Python Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in Python, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported frameworks, data stores, and libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Python Instrumentation Using OpenTracing

Use Python to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing.

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Python Manual Instrumentation with OpenTracing

Configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your Python service. You install both the OpenTracing API and Lightstep tracer and then use the OpenTracing and Lightstep APIs to instrument your code.

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Python Quick Start

If your app is written in Python, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported frameworks, data stores, and libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Quick Start: Instrumentation

Learn how to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing and Lightstep.

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Ruby Add Spans

Manually add spans to your Ruby service.

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Ruby Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in Ruby, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Ruby Auto-Instrumentation

If your app is written in Ruby, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Ruby Instrumentation Using OpenTracing

Use Ruby to instrument your app for distributed tracing using OpenTracing.

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Ruby Manual Instrumentation with OpenTracing

Configure your tracer to communicate with the Lightstep Satellites and create a single span on your Ruby service. You install both the OpenTracing API and Lightstep tracer and then use the OpenTracing and Lightstep APIs to instrument your code.

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Ruby Quick Start

If your app is written in Ruby, you can get started quickly with Lightstep. Download the Auto-Installer, then configure it to communicate with your Lightstep Satellites. When you deploy your app, all supported libraries will begin sending trace data to Lightstep.

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Tracer Supported Languages, Protocols, and Dependencies

Lightstep tracers work with the OpenTracing API to communicate with Lightstep Satellites. Each of the language-specific Lightstep tracers have their own implementation, and therefore unique configuration. This topic shows the Lightstep supported tracers along with whether they support the `HTTP` or `gRPC` transport.

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Understand Distributed Tracing

Distributed tracing provides a view of the life of a request as it travels across multiple hosts and services communicating over various protocols. With distributed tracing implemented, you have a window into performance at every step in the request.

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Use Jaeger Agent with Lightstep

If you're currently using Jaeger for tracing, you can configure the Jaeger agent to send that data directly to Lightstep Satellites with little change. This is a great way to reuse your existing instrumentation architecture either directly in production or to quickly try out Lightstep for the first time.

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Use Tags and Logs to Find Issues Fast

A span can have zero or more key/value *tags*. Tags allow you to create metadata about the span.

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Use Zipkin with Lightstep

If you're currently using Zipkin for tracing, you can configure it to send that data directly to Lightstep Satellites with little change. This is a great way to reuse your existing instrumentation architecture either directly in production or to quickly try out Lightstep for the first time.