Example of using the akka-tracing library to trace Akka calls via Twitter's Zipkin
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This demo project shows how to use Twitter's Zipkin to trace calls in a (potentially) distributed service environment.


If you're developing on Linux, you will need a Docker enabled kernel and need to have Docker installed.


Information on running Docker on OSX can be found here: http://docs.docker.io/installation/mac/

You first need to install VirtualBox. https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Once the download has completed run the installer.

Next you need to install boot2docker:

brew update
brew install boot2docker

Once boot2docker is installed:

boot2docker start

When booting the images via boot2docker on OSX you will need to make sure the guest VM ports are forwarded. Here's an example that forwards the relevant ports for the Zipkin services:

# vm must be powered off 
boot2docker stop
# collector
VBoxManage modifyvm "boot2docker-vm" --natpf1 "tcp-port9410,tcp,,9410,,9410"
VBoxManage modifyvm "boot2docker-vm" --natpf1 "udp-port9410,udp,,9410,,9410"
VBoxManage modifyvm "boot2docker-vm" --natpf1 "tcp-port9900,tcp,,9900,,9900"
# query
VBoxManage modifyvm "boot2docker-vm" --natpf1 "tcp-port9411,tcp,,9411,,9411"
# web
VBoxManage modifyvm "boot2docker-vm" --natpf1 "tcp-port8080,tcp,,8080,,8080"
# cassandra
VBoxManage modifyvm "boot2docker-vm" --natpf1 "tcp-port7000,tcp,,7000,,7000"
VBoxManage modifyvm "boot2docker-vm" --natpf1 "tcp-port7001,tcp,,7001,,7001"
VBoxManage modifyvm "boot2docker-vm" --natpf1 "tcp-port9042,tcp,,9042,,9042"
VBoxManage modifyvm "boot2docker-vm" --natpf1 "tcp-port9160,tcp,,9160,,9160"
# start VM
boot2docker start

Install and Boot Zipkin

Now you're ready to deploy the Docker images for Zipkin. The images are all registered at https://index.docker.io/u/lispmeister/zipkin-base/ and will be downloaded automatically.


This will fetch the Docker images from the Docker.io index and start the containers. Downloading the Docker images will take a while. Be patient. Once the images are downloaded the deploy script will start the containers. Wait until the CPU load is below 40% again. Booting Cassandra in the container can take quite a while.

If you want to trace code that runs on the host you will need to expose and forward the collector port as shown in deploy.sh.

Once the containers are running you can connect to the collector on port 9410 via akka-tracing or other libraries that support Zipkin tracing. https://github.com/levkhomich/akka-tracing

Install SBT

You need to have sbt installed.

brew install sbt

Run the demo

The demo creates ten Put requests that flow through the Web, Service, S3 actors. The flows into and out of the actors are traced using the Akka Tracing library which implements a Scala interface for the Twitter Zipkin distributed tracing tool.

sbt run

Inspect the Trace

Open a browser to the local Zipkin web instance at this address: