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Instana Go Sensor

The Instana Go sensor consists of two parts:

To use sensor only without tracing ability, import the instana package and run


in your main function. The init function takes an Options object with the following optional fields:

  • Service - global service name that will be used to identify the program in the Instana backend
  • AgentHost, AgentPort - default to localhost:42699, set the coordinates of the Instana proxy agent
  • LogLevel - one of ERROR, WARN, INFO or DEBUG

Once initialised, the sensor will try to connect to the given Instana agent and in case of connection success will send metrics and snapshot information through the agent to the backend.

In case you want to use the OpenTracing tracer, it will automatically initialise the sensor and thus also activate the metrics stream. To activate the global tracer, run for example

    Service:  SERVICE,
    LogLevel: instana.DEBUG}))

in your main functions. The tracer takes same options that the sensor takes for initialisation, described above.

The tracer is able to protocol and piggyback OpenTracing baggage, tags and logs. Only text mapping is implemented yet, binary is not supported. Also, the tracer tries to map the OpenTracing spans to the Instana model according to the following strategy:

  • in order to use the fully qualified Instana exit/entry/error tracing, two Logs need to be provided:
    • type - can be either HTTP_SERVER, HTTP_CLIENT or RPC
    • data - corresponding data structure, either HttpData or RpcData
  • in case the type is not provided, the created span defaults to RPC and data is automatically collected the best effort way

The Instana tracer will remap OpenTracing HTTP headers into Instana Headers, so parallel use with some other OpenTracing model is not possible. The instana tracer is based on the OpenTracing Go basictracer with necessary modifications to map to the Instana tracing model. Also, sampling isn't implemented yet and will be focus of future work.

Following examples are included in the examples folder:

  • simple - demoes generally how to use the tracer
  • http - demoes how http server and client should be instrumented
  • rpc - demoes the fallback to RPC