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Mako Quickstore Guide

This guide will walk you through using the Mako Quickstore client to store performance test data in Mako and perform regression detection.

If you haven’t yet read, please do before proceeding.

NOTE: Mako performance tests write data to the Mako service, Running example performance tests, or authoring your own, will require special access to the service. Please read before proceeding.

Preparing your performance test data

Before you can use Mako, you must have performance test data which you want to store in and which you’ll use to look for performance regressions. This performance data can come from anywhere -- microbenchmarks, load tests, etc.

The performance test data Mako understands can be classified into three categories: Sample Point Data, Custom Aggregates, and Run Metadata.

Sample Point Data

Repeated measurements of a set of properties over the course of a performance test. Each Sample Point consists of:

  • An input value for the x-axis, usually a timestamp. This is usually the time associated with the sample point.
  • A set of metrics. Each metric is a key-value pair representing a measured property.

Here’s an example of some sample point data, sorted by timestamp, consisting of three metrics:

Input Value Write Latency (ms) Read Latency (ms) Instantaneous CPU Load
2011-09-22 17:47:08.128 258 0.13
2011-09-22 17:47:08.386 737 0.19
2011-09-22 17:47:09.123 1256 0.28
2011-09-22 17:51:10.379 455 0.34
2011-09-22 17:51:10.834 279 0.38
2011-09-22 17:52:11.133 383 0.51

When using Quickstore, sample point data is added to Mako using the AddSamplePoint method (see Using the Mako Quickstore client).

Custom Aggregate Data

A set of key-value aggregates. Each key-value pair represents a single measurement for the entire run. Here’s an example of some custom aggregate data:

Aggregate Metric Value
Average Throughput (KB/s) 4312.84
Branch miss percentage 1.048
Page faults 42383

When using Quickstore, sample point data is added to Mako using the AddCustomAggregate method (see Using the Mako Quickstore client).

Run Metadata

Mako runs can have a diverse set of metadata associated with them, including:

  • timestamp
  • duration
  • tags (used for filtering runs in queries and charts)
  • description

When using Quickstore, this data is populated via the QuickstoreInput object passed to the Quickstore client constructors (C++, Go). See the comments on QuickstoreInput in quickstore.proto for the full set of supported run metadata information.

Now that you understand the kinds of data that Mako can work with, think about how your data can be made to fit into Mako’s concepts. By the end of this guide, we’ll be using a Mako Quickstore client to upload your data to

Setting up authentication

The Mako command-line tool and the Mako clients communicate using the Application Default Credentials (ADC) strategy. You can find full documentation of this strategy at http://cloud/docs/authentication/production.

To learn how to establish credentials to authenticate to, read

Preparing your benchmark

Now that you have an idea of the kinds of data you’ll be storing in Mako and you’ve set up authentication, it’s time to create your benchmark in Before proceeding, see to learn how to get access to create benchmarks.

To create the benchmark you’ll use the Mako command-line tool. Visit to learn how to build the command-line tool.

$ alias mako=<your mako directory>/bazel-bin/internal/tools/cli/mako

You can see all the CLI commands using the ‘help’ subcommand:

$ mako help

We’re going to use the create_benchmark subcommand. To see the help for this subcommand:

$ mako help create_benchmark

Let’s leave the path blank so that we can create the benchmark from a template. Execute:

$ mako create_benchmark

This will bring the template up in your shell’s default editor. For the example data in the Preparing your performance test data section above, we might fill out the template as follows. You should replace the configuration with a description of your own data.

benchmark_name: "Example Benchmark"

project_name: "Mako Example Project"

owner_list: ""
owner_list: ""

input_value_info: <
  value_key: "t"
  label: "time"

# value_key: should be short and should not change. Tests will write points with this key.
# label: human-readable label to show on charts. Can can changed.
metric_info_list: <
  value_key: "w"
  label: "WriteLatency_ms"
metric_info_list: <
  value_key: "r"
  label: "ReadLatency_ms"
metric_info_list: <
  value_key: "c"
  label: "CPULoad"
custom_aggregation_info_list: <
  value_key: "tp"
  label: "Throughput"
custom_aggregation_info_list: <
  value_key: "bmp"
  label: "BranchMissPercent"
custom_aggregation_info_list: <
  value_key: "pf"
  label: "PageFaults"

Notice how we configured the run with ways of representing both the sample point information (the metric_info_list items) and the custom aggregate information (the custom_aggregation_info_list items).

Now save and quit your editor. Assuming there are no syntax errors or other issues with your data, the create_benchmark subcommand should complete successfully and report a benchmark key. Find the benchmark on by copying that benchmark key and visiting '', replacing BBBBBBB with the benchmark.

The sections below will walk you through setting up code that writes actual performance test results to this benchmark.

Depending on Mako

When using Mako to store performance results in and to perform regression detection, you must import the Mako Quickstore library into your own code. How you go about that depends on your build system. Mako supports two build systems: Bazel for C++ and Golang, and go build for Golang.


If you use Bazel (for either C++ or Go), you can import Mako as a dependency in your WORKSPACE file. Find directions at, and to learn more about Bazel, visit

go build/test

If you are using Go and you build with go build or go test, we recommend using Go Modules to depend on Mako. If you’re using an alternate dependency management system like dep, follow that tool’s typical procedure for importing/vendoring a new dependency.

To import Mako using Go Modules, simply add Mako imports to your .go code as needed:

cat <<EOF > mako_test.go
package main

import (
	qpb ""

func TestPerformance(t *testing.T) {
	// This is just a stub for now to get the import working, we’ll fill it out later.
	_, _, _ := quickstore.NewAtAddress(context.Background(), "localhost:9813",&qpb.QuickstoreInput{})
	fmt.Println("Imported Quickstore")

Initialize your module:

$ go mod init

Then build and run, and Go should take care of importing the Mako module:

$ go test

Note that you need to ensure the Quickstore microservice is running before starting your test that uses Quickstore.

Quickstore microservice

The Go Quickstore client library, when building with go build/test, does not stand alone -- it requires a running Quickstore microservice. When using Bazel, the Quickstore client library is completely self-contained, so C++ and Go Bazel users can ignore this section. Read more about the need for the microservice in

The microservice is a C++ binary that is built with Bazel. For building directions, see Building the Quickstore microservice.

Once the microservice is built, run it with the addr flag at which it should listen for client connections:

$ MAKO_PORT=9347  # could be any port
$ bazel run internal/quickstore_microservice:quickstore_microservice_mako -- --addr="localhost:${MAKO_PORT}"

Note that this command will fail if you haven’t set up authentication as described in

You will need to arrange for the microservice to be built by your test (or pulled from a prebuilt location) and started, so that it listens for client connections, whenever you run a Go Mako Quickstore test.

Quickstore microservice as a Docker image

You can alternatively build the Quickstore microservice into a Docker container. Skip this step if you are happy with the microservice as a binary.

To build the microservice into a Docker image that can be loaded locally or pushed to a repository:

WARNING: Docker does not run natively in OSX, so building the image from OSX will require cross-compiling for Linux. We have not yet determined how to configure Bazel accordingly, so for now we recommend only building the microservice in Linux.

$ bazel build internal/quickstore_microservice:quickstore_microservice_mako_image.tar

Documentation about the Docker Bazel rules can be found at

To load the tar file output by the above command as a local Docker container:

$ docker load -i bazel-bin/internal/quickstore_microservice/quickstore_microservice_mako_image.tar

The image is loaded and ready to run. Inside the container, the microservice will listen on the 9813 port for incoming connections. We can map that to a specific external port with the -p flag: -p ${MAKO_PORT}:9813.

Also, the Docker container's environment is going to need access to your credentials for authentication. Read about making credentials available to the Docker container in

The full docker run command will look something like:

$ MAKO_PORT=9347  # could be any port
$ docker run --rm -v ~/.config/gcloud/application_default_credentials.json:/root/adc.json -e "GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS=/root/adc.json" -p ${MAKO_PORT}:9813 bazel/internal/quickstore_microservice:quickstore_microservice_mako_image

As mentioned above, you will need to arrange for the microservice image to be built by your test (or pulled from a prebuilt location) and started, so that it listens for client connections, whenever you run a Go Mako Quickstore test.

Using the Mako Quickstore client

Now that you’ve prepared your performance test data, established authentication, prepared your benchmark, are pulling in Mako as a dependency, and (if you are using Go) have started the microservice, you’re ready to write some data to using Quickstore.

The typical structure of a Quickstore run is:

  1. Collect some performance data. Quickstore doesn’t care where it comes from, just that you can represent it in the forms described above in Preparing your performance test data.
  2. Configure a QuickstoreInput (quickstore.proto) object with your run metadata described above (#run-metadata).
  3. Also in the QuickstoreInput object, configure your run analyzers. If you’re just getting started, skip this step until you’ve got a test that runs and records results to Once you’re uploading data for long enough to get a sense of the performance characteristics of your system under test, then consider adding analyzers in order to automate regression detection. To read more about analyzers, visit
  4. Instantiate a Mako Quickstore client, passing the constructor the QuickstoreInput object.
  5. Call the AddSamplePoint method repeatedly, feeding it your sample point data.
  6. Call the AddCustomAggregate method repeatedly, feeding it your custom aggregate data.
  7. Call the Store method to process the data and upload it to

The examples in examples/ illustrate these steps.

Add Regression Detection

As mentioned in step 3 above, consider skipping adding Mako analyzers for regression detection until you’ve been automated your test and have been collecting data for a while. Once you feel you understand the status quo of your system’s performance, then you should strongly consider integrating analyzers.

In examples/go_quickstore/example_test.go we configure a threshold analyzer. This is the simplest analyzer conceptually and the easiest to configure. Most tests should start with a threshold analyzer and expand from there.

Note that in examples/go_quickstore/example_test.go we fail the test when Quickstore reports an analyzer failure. This allows us to treat the performance test like a correctness/functional test regarding how failures are reported.

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