A client-side java toolbox for Hawkular
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This is a client-side toolbox for common and easy manipulation of Hawkular metrics.

Build maven module

For now, hawkular-java-toolbox is only available from this GitHub repository. You have to clone it and build it from sources:

mvn clean install

Then add it as a maven module:



With a builder

    HawkularClient hawkular = new HawkularClientBuilder("my-tenant")
            // .[add more builder configuration here: uri, authentication, tags, ...]

With a YAML file

Configuration can be externalized in a YAML file:

tenant: my-tenant
prefix: ${host}.
  hostname: ${host}
  who: jotak

It's not an exhaustive example, you can also setup uri, authentication, etc. Full list of config keys are not yet documented but you can refer to HawkularYamlConfig.java. All in all it's similar to the HawkularClientBuilder class, which has a correct javadoc.

${host} will be automatically resolved as the hostname. It's currently the only possible variable, though more may come in the future.

Then, in your code:

    HawkularClient hawkular = HawkularFactory.load().create();

This will pick up the YAML file given by system property "hawkular.java.toolbox.config" - or, by default, an "hawkular.yaml" file placed in the current working directory.

To specify a different file, use this:

    HawkularClient hawkular = HawkularFactory.loadFrom("/another/file.yaml").create();

With HawkularFactory, you can also initiate a setup from the YAML file as seen above, and continue to refine it through the programmatic builder. For example:

    HawkularClient hawkular = HawkularFactory.load().builder()
            .addHeader("some-special-header", "value")

Create and feed metrics

Metric type are:

  • Gauges (same as in Hawkular metrics on the server side)
  • Counters (same as in Hawkular metrics on the server side)
  • Availability (up/down/unknown, same as in Hawkular metrics on the server side)
  • Loggers (same as "String" on the server side)
  • Watches (basically, a Gauge with some incorporated timing methods)

Example, getting data from a service:

    Watch responseTime = hawkular.watch("myservice.response-time");
    Counter counter = hawkular.counter("myservice.count");

    // Then, somewhere in an algorithm:
    try {
    } finally {


Tagging metrics is important to make them easier to query. Every metric factory methods from HawkularClient has an overloaded version that accepts tags.

Another option is to use the MetricBuilder, which conveniently add tags automatically when you declare "segments" of your metric name.

For example:

    Counter readFromCache = hawkular.metricBuilder()
                    .addSegment("impl", "ehcache")
                    .addSegment("source", "cache")
                    .addSegment("metric", "read")

It will produce a Counter named ehcache.cache.read (with eventually a prefix before), and tagged impl:ehcache, source:cache, metric:read. MetricBuilder is flexible enough to also allow segmenting without tags, or tagging without segments.


There's two kinds of loggers:

  • the simple Logger metric type, which is barely a "String" metric that can be feeded in a completely custom way.
  • and the HawkularLogger class, that is shamelessly inspired from existing Java logging frameworks (like log4j), but with the particularity of being tied to Hawkular, as you had guessed.

You can create an HawkularLogger from HawkularFactory:

    private static final HawkularLogger HWK = HawkularFactory.load().logger(MyClass.class);

What it does is it creates several Loggers and Counters metrics named "MyClass.[debug/info/warning/error].logs" and "MyClass.[debug/info/warning/error].count".

Then, events are logged like with any common logger:

    try {
        HWK.info("Starting scenario for " + name);
    } catch (Exception e) {

There is currently no way to specify a log level. That may come in the future.

Monitoring sessions

Monitoring sessions is a way to programmatically start and stop a collection of pre-defined metric feeds, running on dedicated threads, executed at a defined interval.

As of now there's two sets of feeds that come with the toolbox: CPUMonitoring and MemoryMonitoring. They are quite incomplete, but it's easy to add more.

Example of usage:

    hawkular.prepareMonitoringSession(1, TimeUnit.SECONDS)
            .feeds(CPUMonitoring.create())  // Will feed metric "monitor.cpu.core"
            .feeds(MemoryMonitoring.create()) // Will feed metrics "monitor.memory.system.free", "monitor.memory.system.swap.free" and "monitor.memory.process.heap"
            .run(() -> myAlgorithmToMonitor());

Exporting to Grafana

The toolbox can open connections to a running grafana server and send programmatically created dashboards.

This feature lies in a separate module:


The first step is to configure the connection to Grafana. An API key is needed, with edit rights at least.

    GrafanaConnection grafanaConnection = new GrafanaConnection("the-api-key");

It is possible (although not necessary) to push the Hawkular configuration, as defined in the YAML file or through HawkularClientBuilder, as a new datasource in Grafana:

    grafanaConnection.createOrUpdateDatasource(GrafanaDatasource.fromHawkularConfig("my-datasource", hawkular.getInfo()));

But it requires admin rights to the API key. Otherway, you can just create it manually from the Grafana UI.

Then, create and export dashboards to Grafana. For example, a dashboard created all at once, taking advantage of tags:

    GrafanaDashboard dashboardAllAtOnce = new GrafanaDashboard()
            .addAnnotation(new GrafanaAnnotation("Errors", "BackendMonitoring.error.logs")
            .addAnnotation(new GrafanaAnnotation("Warnings", "BackendMonitoring.warning.logs")
            .addAnnotation(new GrafanaAnnotation("Info", "BackendMonitoring.info.logs")
            .addRow(new GrafanaRow()
                            .title("Storage size")
                            .addTarget(GrafanaTarget.gaugesTagged("metric", "size")))
                            .title("Read response time")
                            .addTarget(GrafanaTarget.gaugesTagged("metric", "response-time"))))
            .addRow(new GrafanaRow()
                            .title("Read cache vs DB (mean rate)"))
                            .title("Read cache vs DB (count)")
                            .addTarget(GrafanaTarget.countersTagged("metric", "read"))));

    grafanaConnection.sendDashboard(new GrafanaDashboardMessage(dashboardAllAtOnce, "my-datasource"));

It's also possible the add a specific metric to a dashboard:

    Gauge sizeGauge = hawkular.gauge("size");
    dashboard.addRow(new GrafanaRow()
            .addPanel(GrafanaPanel.graph().title("storage size").addTarget(GrafanaTarget.fromMetric(sizeGauge)))
    // etc.
    grafanaConnection.sendDashboard(new GrafanaDashboardMessage(dashboard, "my-datasource"));

Also, an HawkularLogger can be directly exported as annotations:


Bridge with dropwizard

There's obviously some overlap between this toolbox and Dropwizard metrics. Hawkular already has its Dropwizard reporter.

If you already use dropwizard and want to use this toolbox additionally, you may want to report the dropwizard metrics to Hawkular as well. In order to do so, this maven depdency must be added:


Then, bind them together. Example:

            .withTag("source", "dropwizard")
            .bindWith(hawkular.getInfo(), 1, TimeUnit.SECONDS);

It will in fine create an Hawkular Dropwizard Reporter with the same configuration as this Hawkular toolbox.