Getting Started

cdchild edited this page May 24, 2017 · 55 revisions

Application Insights is an extensible analytics platform that monitors the performance and usage of your live ASP.NET Core web applications.

Visual Studio 2017 automatically configures ASP.NET Core web projects. You probably don't need to follow these manual steps. Instead, right-click your project in Solution Explorer and look for Configure Application Insights or Add > Application Insights. Learn more.

Follow the details in this article to make the following changes:

  • Create an Application Insights resource
  • Add Application Insights NuGet package dependency to project.json
  • Add Application Insights instrumentation key to the appsettings.json
  • Add Application Insights instrumentation code to the startup.cs
  • Add Application Insights JavaScript instrumentation to the _ViewImports.cshtml, _Layout.cshtml

Create an Application Insights resource

  1. Sign in to the Microsoft Azure portal. (Need to sign up?)
  2. Create a new Application Insights resource. (Click New -> Monitoring + management -> Application Insights). Select the ASP.NET application type.
  3. In your new resource, open the Essentials drop-down so that you can copy the Instrumentation Key - you'll need it shortly.

Add Application Insights NuGet package dependency to project.json

Add the following entry to the dependencies section.

  "dependencies": {
    "Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.AspNetCore": "2.0.0"

Verify the version number: get the latest from the Releases page.

In the case of .NET Core applications, if you run into restore errors with respect to Application Insights dependency, please add "dnxcore50" and "portable-net45+win8" to the imports list (if it does not exist), under the frameworks section of project.json, as shown below. Please see Migrating from DNX for more details.

    "frameworks": {
        "netcoreapp1.0": { 
            "imports": ["dnxcore50", "portable-net45+win8"]

Add the instrumentation key to appsettings.json

Add the instrumentation key of your Application Insights web application resource to the ApplicationInsights section of appsettings.json.

  "ApplicationInsights": {
    "InstrumentationKey": "11111111-2222-3333-4444-555555555555"

Add Application Insights instrumentation code to startup.cs

If you don't already have the code that parses the appsettings.json file and initializes the configuration variable then create Configuration variable:

public IConfigurationRoot Configuration { get; set; }

Then add the following dependency entries to your project.json if they are not defined there already.

    "Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration.Abstractions": "1.0.0",
    "Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration.Json":  "1.0.0"

(Verify the version number.)

Then add the code that parses configuration if you don't have it already in the method Startup.

            // Setup configuration sources.
            var builder = new ConfigurationBuilder()
                .AddJsonFile("appsettings.json", optional: false, reloadOnChange: true)
                .AddJsonFile($"appsettings.{env.EnvironmentName}.json", optional: true)

            Configuration = builder.Build();

If you have a Main method (e.g. in Program.cs) with a call to create a new WebHostBuilder() then make sure it has a chained call to UseApplicationInsights() like the example below:

        public static void Main(string[] args)
            var host = new WebHostBuilder()


Otherwise, in the method ConfigureServices add the Application Insights service. You'll need to add the namespace Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.AspNetCore to the using list:


Please note that AddApplicationInsightsTelemetry and UseApplicationInsights are intended to be mutually exclusive, only use one or the other and not both together. The preferred default mechanism is to use the UseApplicationInsights extension method from the WebHostBuilder instance. The older extension method AddApplicationInsightsTelemetry on the IServiceCollection is still available for customized configuration using one of its overloaded signatures.

Add Application Insights JavaScript instrumentation to the _ViewImports.cshtml , _Layout.cshtml

(if present)

In _ViewImports.cshtml, add injection:

@inject Microsoft.ApplicationInsights.AspNetCore.JavaScriptSnippet JavaScriptSnippet

In _Layout.cshtml, insert HtmlHelper to the end of <head> section but before any other script. Any custom JavaScript telemetry you want to report from the page should be injected after this snippet:


Run your app and view your telemetry

  • Use Search Explorer to investigate individual requests, exceptions, log traces and other events.
  • Use Metrics Explorer to slice and dice metrics and counts such as response times, page views and user counts.
  • Set alerts to notify you when your app goes off-limits.

Get more telemetry

  • Monitor dependencies to see whether REST, SQL or other external resources are slowing you down.
  • Use the API to send your own events and metrics for a more detailed view of your app's performance and usage.
  • Availability tests check your app constantly from around the world.
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