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README.md

rack-mini-profiler

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Middleware that displays speed badge for every html page. Designed to work both in production and in development.

Features

  • Database profiling - Currently supports Mysql2, Postgres, Oracle (oracle_enhanced ~> 1.5.0) and Mongoid3 (with fallback support to ActiveRecord)
  • Call-stack profiling - Flame graphs showing time spent by gem
  • Memory profiling - Per-request memory usage, GC stats, and global allocation metrics

Learn more

rack-mini-profiler needs your help

We have decided to restructure our repository so there is a central UI repo and the various language implementations have their own.

WE NEED HELP.

If you feel like taking on any of this start an issue and update us on your progress.

Installation

Install/add to Gemfile in Ruby 2.4+

gem 'rack-mini-profiler'

NOTE: Be sure to require rack_mini_profiler below the pg and mysql gems in your Gemfile. rack_mini_profiler will identify these gems if they are loaded to insert instrumentation. If included too early no SQL will show up.

You can also include optional libraries to enable additional features.

# For memory profiling
gem 'memory_profiler'

# For call-stack profiling flamegraphs
gem 'flamegraph'
gem 'stackprof'

Rails

All you have to do is to include the Gem and you're good to go in development. See notes below for use in production.

Upgrading to version 2.0.0

Prior to version 2.0.0, Mini Profiler patched various Rails methods to get the information it needed such as template rendering time. Starting from version 2.0.0, Mini Profiler doesn't patch any Rails methods by default and relies on ActiveSupport::Notifications to get the information it needs from Rails. If you want Mini Profiler to keep using its patches in version 2.0.0 and later, change the gem line in your Gemfile to the following:

If you want to manually require Mini Profiler:

gem 'rack-mini-profiler', require: ['enable_rails_patches']

If you don't want to manually require Mini Profiler:

gem 'rack-mini-profiler', require: ['enable_rails_patches', 'rack-mini-profiler']

Net::HTTP stack level too deep errors

If you start seeing SystemStackError: stack level too deep errors from Net::HTTP after installing Mini Profiler, this means there is another patch for Net::HTTP#request that conflicts with Mini Profiler's patch in your application. To fix this, change rack-mini-profiler gem line in your Gemfile to the following:

gem 'rack-mini-profiler', require: ['prepend_net_http_patch', 'rack-mini-profiler']

If you currently have require: false, remove the 'rack-mini-profiler' string from the require array above so the gem line becomes like this:

gem 'rack-mini-profiler', require: ['prepend_net_http_patch']

This conflict happens when a ruby method is patched twice, once using module prepend, and once using method aliasing. See this ruby issue for details. The fix is to apply all patches the same way. Mini Profiler by default will apply its patch using method aliasing, but you can change that to module prepend by adding require: ['prepend_net_http_patch'] to the gem line as shown above.

Rails and manual initialization

In case you need to make sure rack_mini_profiler is initialized after all other gems, or you want to execute some code before rack_mini_profiler required:

gem 'rack-mini-profiler', require: false

Note the require: false part - if omitted, it will cause the Railtie for the mini-profiler to be loaded outright, and an attempt to re-initialize it manually will raise an exception.

Then run the generator which will set up rack-mini-profiler in development:

bundle exec rails g rack_profiler:install

Rack Builder

require 'rack-mini-profiler'

home = lambda { |env|
  [200, {'Content-Type' => 'text/html'}, ["<html><body>hello!</body></html>"]]
}

builder = Rack::Builder.new do
  use Rack::MiniProfiler
  map('/') { run home }
end

run builder

Sinatra

require 'rack-mini-profiler'
class MyApp < Sinatra::Base
  use Rack::MiniProfiler
end

Hanami

For working with hanami, you need to use rack integration. Also, you need to add Hanami::View::Rendering::Partial#render method for profile:

# config.ru
require 'rack-mini-profiler'
Rack::MiniProfiler.profile_method(Hanami::View::Rendering::Partial, :render) { "Render partial #{@options[:partial]}" }

use Rack::MiniProfiler

Patching ActiveRecord

A typical web application spends a lot of time querying the database. rack_mini_profiler will detect the ORM that is available and apply patches to properly collect query statistics.

To make this work, declare the orm's gem before declaring rack-mini-profiler in the Gemfile:

gem 'pg'
gem 'mongoid'
gem 'rack-mini-profiler'

If you wish to override this behavior, the environment variable RACK_MINI_PROFILER_PATCH is available.

export RACK_MINI_PROFILER_PATCH="pg,mongoid"
# or
export RACK_MINI_PROFILER_PATCH="false"
# initializers/rack_profiler.rb: SqlPatches.patch %w(mongo)

Flamegraphs

To generate flamegraphs:

  • add the flamegraph gem to your Gemfile
  • visit a page in your app with ?pp=flamegraph

Memory Profiling

Memory allocations can be measured (using the memory_profiler gem) which will show allocations broken down by gem, file location, and class and will also highlight String allocations.

Add ?pp=profile-memory to the URL of any request while Rack::MiniProfiler is enabled to generate the report.

Additional query parameters can be used to filter the results.

  • memory_profiler_allow_files - filename pattern to include (default is all files)
  • memory_profiler_ignore_files - filename pattern to exclude (default is no exclusions)
  • memory_profiler_top - number of results per section (defaults to 50)

The allow/ignore patterns will be treated as regular expressions.

Example: ?pp=profile-memory&memory_profiler_allow_files=active_record|app

There are two additional pp options that can be used to analyze memory which do not require the memory_profiler gem

  • Use ?pp=profile-gc to report on Garbage Collection statistics
  • Use ?pp=analyze-memory to report on ObjectSpace statistics

Snapshots Sampling

In a complex web application, it's possible for a request to trigger rare conditions that result in poor performance. Mini Profiler ships with a feature to help detect those rare conditions and fix them. It works by enabling invisible profiling on one request every N requests, and saving the performance metrics that are collected during the request (a.k.a snapshot of the request) so that they can be viewed later. To turn this feature on, set the snapshot_every_n_requests config to a value larger than 0. The larger the value is, the less frequently requests are profiled.

Mini Profiler will exclude requests that are made to skippd paths (see skip_paths config below) from being sampled. Additionally, if profiling is enabled for a request that later finishes with a non-2xx status code, Mini Profiler will discard the snapshot and not save it (this behavior may change in the future).

After enabling snapshots sampling, you can see the snapshots that have been collected at /mini-profiler-resources/snapshots (or if you changed the base_url_path config, substitute mini-profiler-resources with your value of the config). You'll see on that page a table where each row represents a group of snapshots with the duration of the worst snapshot in that group. The worst snapshot in a group is defined as the snapshot whose request took longer than all of the snapshots in the same group. Snapshots grouped by HTTP method and path of the request, and if your application is a Rails app, Mini Profiler will try to convert the path to controller#action and group by that instead of request path. Clicking on a group will display the snapshots of that group sorted from worst to best. From there, you can click on a snapshot's ID to see the snapshot with all the performance metrics that were collected.

Access to the snapshots page is restricted to only those who can see the speed badge on their own requests, see the section below this one about access control.

Mini Profiler will keep a maximum of 1000 snapshots by default, and you can change that via the snapshots_limit config. When snapshots reach the configured limit, Mini Profiler will save a new snapshot only if it's worse than at least one of the existing snapshots and delete the best one (i.e. the snapshot whose request took the least time compared to other snapshots).

Snapshots Transporter

Mini Profiler can be configured so that it sends snapshots over HTTP using the snapshots transporter. The main use-case of the transporter is to allow the aggregation of snapshots from multiple applications/sources in a single place. To enable the snapshots transporter, you need to provide a destination URL to the snapshots_transport_destination_url config, and a secure key to the snapshots_transport_auth_key config (will be used for authorization). Both of these configs are required for the transporter to be enabled.

The transporter uses a buffer to temporarily hold snapshots in memory with a limit of 100 snapshots. Every 30 seconds, if the buffer is not empty, the transporter will make a POST request with the buffer content to the destination URL. Requests made by the transporter will have a Mini-Profiler-Transport-Auth header with the value of the snapshots_transport_auth_key config. The destination should only accept requests that include this header AND the header's value matches the key you set to the snapshots_transport_auth_key config.

If the specified destination responds with a non-200 status code, the transporter will increase the interval between requests by 2^n seconds where n is the number of failed requests since the last successful request. The base interval between requests is 30 seconds. So if a request fails, the next request will be 30 + 2^1 = 32 seconds later. If the next request fails too, the next one will be 30 + 2^2 = 34 seconds later and so on until a request succeeds at which point the interval will return to 30 seconds. The interval will not go beyond 1 hour.

Requests made by the transporter can be optionally gzip-compressed by setting the snapshots_transport_gzip_requests config to true. The body of the requests (after decompression, if you opt for compression) is a JSON string with a single top-level key called snapshots and it has an array of snapshots. The structure of a snapshot is too complex to be explained here, but it has the same structure that Mini Profiler client expects. So if your use-case is to simply be able to view snapshots from multiple sources in one place, you should simply store the snapshots as-is, and then serve them to Mini Profiler client to consume. If the destination application also has Mini Profiler, you can simply use the API of the storage backends to store the incoming snapshots and Mini Profiler will treat them the same as local snapshots (e.g. they'll be grouped and displayed in the same manner described in the previous section).

Mini Profiler offers an API to add extra fields (a.k.a custom fields) to snapshots. For example, you may want to add whether the request was made by a logged-in or anonymous user, the version of your application or any other things that are specific to your application. To add custom fields to a snapshot, call the Rack::MiniProfiler.add_snapshot_custom_field(<key>, <value>) method anywhere during the lifetime of a request, and the snapshot of that request will include the fields you added. If you have a Rails app, you can call that method in an after_action callback. Custom fields are cleared between requests.

Access control in non-development environments

rack-mini-profiler is designed with production profiling in mind. To enable that run Rack::MiniProfiler.authorize_request once you know a request is allowed to profile.

  # inside your ApplicationController

  before_action do
    if current_user && current_user.is_admin?
      Rack::MiniProfiler.authorize_request
    end
  end

If your production application is running on more than one server (or more than one dyno) you will need to configure rack mini profiler's storage to use Redis or Memcache. See storage for information on changing the storage backend.

Note:

Out-of-the-box we will initialize the authorization_mode to :whitelist in production. However, in some cases we may not be able to do it:

  • If you are running in development or test we will not enable whitelist mode
  • If you use require: false on rack_mini_profiler we are unlikely to be able to run the railtie
  • If you are running outside of rails we will not run the railtie

In those cases use:

Rack::MiniProfiler.config.authorization_mode = :whitelist

When deciding to fully profile a page mini profiler consults with the authorization_mode

By default in production we attempt to set the authorization mode to :whitelist meaning that end user will only be able to see requests where somewhere Rack::MiniProfiler.authorize_request is invoked.

In development we run in the :allow_all authorization mode meaning every request is profiled and displayed to the end user.

Configuration

Various aspects of rack-mini-profiler's behavior can be configured when your app boots. For example in a Rails app, this should be done in an initializer: config/initializers/mini_profiler.rb

Caching behavior

To fix some nasty bugs with rack-mini-profiler showing the wrong data, the middleware will remove headers relating to caching (Date & Etag on responses, If-Modified-Since & If-None-Match on requests). This probably won't ever break your application, but it can cause some unexpected behavior. For example, in a Rails app, calls to stale? will always return true.

To disable this behavior, use the following config setting:

# Do not let rack-mini-profiler disable caching
Rack::MiniProfiler.config.disable_caching = false # defaults to true

Storage

rack-mini-profiler stores its results so they can be shared later and aren't lost at the end of the request.

There are 4 storage options: MemoryStore, RedisStore, MemcacheStore, and FileStore.

FileStore is the default in Rails environments and will write files to tmp/miniprofiler/*. MemoryStore is the default otherwise.

# set MemoryStore
Rack::MiniProfiler.config.storage = Rack::MiniProfiler::MemoryStore

# set RedisStore
if Rails.env.production?
  Rack::MiniProfiler.config.storage_options = { url: ENV["REDIS_SERVER_URL"] }
  Rack::MiniProfiler.config.storage = Rack::MiniProfiler::RedisStore
end

MemoryStore stores results in a processes heap - something that does not work well in a multi process environment. FileStore stores results in the file system - something that may not work well in a multi machine environment. RedisStore/MemcacheStore work in multi process and multi machine environments (RedisStore only saves results for up to 24 hours so it won't continue to fill up Redis). You will need to add gem redis/gem dalli respectively to your Gemfile to use these stores.

Additionally you may implement an AbstractStore for your own provider.

User result segregation

MiniProfiler will attempt to keep all user results isolated, out-of-the-box the user provider uses the ip address:

Rack::MiniProfiler.config.user_provider = Proc.new{|env| Rack::Request.new(env).ip}

You can override (something that is very important in a multi-machine production setup):

Rack::MiniProfiler.config.user_provider = Proc.new{ |env| CurrentUser.get(env) }

The string this function returns should be unique for each user on the system (for anonymous you may need to fall back to ip address)

Profiling specific methods

You can increase the granularity of profiling by measuring the performance of specific methods. Add methods of interest to an initializer.

Rails.application.config.to_prepare do
  ::Rack::MiniProfiler.profile_singleton_method(User, :non_admins) { |a| "executing all_non_admins" }
  ::Rack::MiniProfiler.profile_method(User, :favorite_post) { |a| "executing favorite_post" }
end

Profiling arbitrary block of code

It is also possible to profile any arbitrary block of code by passing a block to Rack::MiniProfiler.step(name, opts=nil).

Rack::MiniProfiler.step('Adding two elements') do
  result = 1 + 2
end

Using in SPA applications

Single page applications built using Ember, Angular or other frameworks need some special care, as routes often change without a full page load.

On route transition always call:

window.MiniProfiler.pageTransition();

This method will remove profiling information that was related to previous page and clear aggregate statistics.

MiniProfiler's speed badge on pages that are not generated via Rails

You need to inject the following in your SPA to load MiniProfiler's speed badge (extra details surrounding this script):

 <script async type="text/javascript" id="mini-profiler" src="/mini-profiler-resources/includes.js?v=12b4b45a3c42e6e15503d7a03810ff33" data-version="12b4b45a3c42e6e15503d7a03810ff33" data-path="/mini-profiler-resources/" data-current-id="redo66j4g1077kto8uh3" data-ids="redo66j4g1077kto8uh3" data-horizontal-position="left" data-vertical-position="top" data-trivial="false" data-children="false" data-max-traces="10" data-controls="false" data-authorized="true" data-toggle-shortcut="Alt+P" data-start-hidden="false" data-collapse-results="true"></script>

Note: The GUID (data-version and the ?v= parameter on the src) will change with each release of rack_mini_profiler. The MiniProfiler's speed badge will continue to work, although you will have to change the GUID to expire the script to fetch the most recent version.

Using MiniProfiler's built in route for apps without HTML responses

MiniProfiler also ships with a /rack-mini-profiler/requests route that displays the speed badge on a blank HTML page. This can be useful when profiling an application that does not render HTML.

Register MiniProfiler's assets in the Rails assets pipeline

MiniProfiler can be configured so it registers its assets in the assets pipeline. To do that, you'll need to provide a lambda (or proc) to the assets_url config (see the below section). The callback will receive 3 arguments which are: name represents asset name (currently it's either rack-mini-profiling.js or rack-mini-profiling.css), assets_version is a 32 characters long hash of MiniProfiler's assets, and env which is the env object of the request. MiniProfiler expects the assets_url callback to return a URL from which the asset can be loaded (the return value will be used as a href/src attribute in the DOM). If the assets_url callback is not set (the default) or it returns a non-truthy value, MiniProfiler will fallback to loading assets from its own middleware (/mini-profiler-resources/*). The following callback should work for most applications:

Rack::MiniProfiler.config.assets_url = ->(name, version, env) {
  ActionController::Base.helpers.asset_path(name)
}

Configuration Options

You can set configuration options using the configuration accessor on Rack::MiniProfiler. For example:

Rack::MiniProfiler.config.position = 'bottom-right'
Rack::MiniProfiler.config.start_hidden = true

The available configuration options are:

Option Default Description
pre_authorize_cb Rails: dev only
Rack: always on
A lambda callback that returns true to make mini_profiler visible on a given request.
position 'top-left' Display mini_profiler on 'top-right', 'top-left', 'bottom-right' or 'bottom-left'.
skip_paths [] An array of paths that skip profiling. Both String and Regexp are acceptable in the array.
skip_schema_queries Rails dev: true
Othwerwise: false
true to skip schema queries.
auto_inject true true to inject the miniprofiler script in the page.
backtrace_ignores [] Regexes of lines to be removed from backtraces.
backtrace_includes Rails: [/^\/?(app|config|lib|test)/]
Rack: []
Regexes of lines to keep in backtraces.
backtrace_remove rails: Rails.root
Rack: nil
A string or regex to remove part of each line in the backtrace.
toggle_shortcut Alt+P Keyboard shortcut to toggle the mini_profiler's visibility. See jquery.hotkeys.
start_hidden false false to make mini_profiler visible on page load.
backtrace_threshold_ms 0 Minimum SQL query elapsed time before a backtrace is recorded.
flamegraph_sample_rate 0.5 How often to capture stack traces for flamegraphs in milliseconds.
base_url_path '/mini-profiler-resources/' Path for assets; added as a prefix when naming assets and sought when responding to requests.
collapse_results true If multiple timing results exist in a single page, collapse them till clicked.
max_traces_to_show 20 Maximum number of mini profiler timing blocks to show on one page
html_container body The HTML container (as a jQuery selector) to inject the mini_profiler UI into
show_total_sql_count false Displays the total number of SQL executions.
enable_advanced_debugging_tools false Enables sensitive debugging tools that can be used via the UI. In production we recommend keeping this disabled as memory and environment debugging tools can expose contents of memory that may contain passwords.
assets_url nil See the "Register MiniProfiler's assets in the Rails assets pipeline" section above.
snapshot_every_n_requests -1 Determines how frequently snapshots are taken. See the "Snapshots Sampling" above for more details.
snapshots_limit 1000 Determines how many snapshots Mini Profiler is allowed to keep.
snapshot_hidden_custom_fields [] Each snapshot custom field will have a dedicated column in the UI by default. Use this config to exclude certain custom fields from having their own columns.
snapshots_transport_destination_url nil Set this config to a valid URL to enable snapshots transporter which will POST snapshots to the given URL. The transporter requires snapshots_transport_auth_key config to be set as well.
snapshots_transport_auth_key nil POST requests made by the snapshots transporter to the destination URL will have a Mini-Profiler-Transport-Auth header with the value of this config. Make sure you use a secure and random key for this config.
snapshots_redact_sql_queries true When this is true, SQL queries will be redacted from sampling snapshots, but the backtrace and duration of each SQL query will be saved with the snapshot to keep debugging performance issues possible.
snapshots_transport_gzip_requests false Make the snapshots transporter gzip the requests it makes to snapshots_transport_destination_url.

Using MiniProfiler with Rack::Deflate middleware

If you are using Rack::Deflate with Rails and rack-mini-profiler in its default configuration, Rack::MiniProfiler will be injected (as always) at position 0 in the middleware stack, which means it will run after Rack::Deflate on response processing. To prevent attempting to inject HTML in already compressed response body MiniProfiler will suppress compression by setting identity encoding in Accept-Encoding request header.

Special query strings

If you include the query string pp=help at the end of your request you will see the various options available. You can use these options to extend or contract the amount of diagnostics rack-mini-profiler gathers.

Rails 2.X support

To get MiniProfiler working with Rails 2.3.X you need to do the initialization manually as well as monkey patch away an incompatibility between activesupport and json_pure.

Add the following code to your environment.rb (or just in a specific environment such as development.rb) for initialization and configuration of MiniProfiler.

# configure and initialize MiniProfiler
require 'rack-mini-profiler'
c = ::Rack::MiniProfiler.config
c.pre_authorize_cb = lambda { |env|
  Rails.env.development? || Rails.env.production?
}
tmp = Rails.root.to_s + "/tmp/miniprofiler"
FileUtils.mkdir_p(tmp) unless File.exist?(tmp)
c.storage_options = {:path => tmp}
c.storage = ::Rack::MiniProfiler::FileStore
config.middleware.use(::Rack::MiniProfiler)
::Rack::MiniProfiler.profile_method(ActionController::Base, :process) {|action| "Executing action: #{action}"}
::Rack::MiniProfiler.profile_method(ActionView::Template, :render) {|x,y| "Rendering: #{path_without_format_and_extension}"}

# monkey patch away an activesupport and json_pure incompatability
# http://pivotallabs.com/users/alex/blog/articles/1332-monkey-patch-of-the-day-activesupport-vs-json-pure-vs-ruby-1-8
if JSON.const_defined?(:Pure)
  class JSON::Pure::Generator::State
    include ActiveSupport::CoreExtensions::Hash::Except
  end
end

Development

If you want to contribute to this project, that's great, thank you! You can run the following rake task:

$ bundle exec rake client_dev

which will start a local Sinatra server at http://localhost:9292 where you'll be able to preview your changes. Refreshing the page should be enough to see any changes you make to files in the lib/html directory.

Running the Specs

$ rake build
$ rake spec

Additionally you can also run autotest if you like.

Licence

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2013 Sam Saffron

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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