New Relic's Open Source Elixir Agent
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The Open-Source Elixir Agent allows you to monitor your Elixir applications with New Relic. It helps you track transactions, distributed traces and other parts of your application's behavior and provides an overview of underlying BEAM activity.

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New Relic has open-sourced this project to enable monitoring of Elixir applications. This project is provided AS-IS WITHOUT WARRANTY OR SUPPORT, although you can report issues and contribute to the project here on GitHub.


We'd love to get your contributions to improve the elixir agent! Keep in mind when you submit your pull request, you'll need to sign the CLA via the click-through using CLA-Assistant. If you'd like to execute our corporate CLA, or if you have any questions, please drop us an email at


Install the Hex package

defp deps do
    {:new_relic_agent, "~> 1.0"}


You need to set a few required configuration keys so we can authenticate properly.

Via Application config

config :new_relic_agent,
  app_name: "My App",
  license_key: "license_key"

Via Environment variables

You can also configure these attributes via ENV vars, which helps keep secrets out of source code.



Out of the box, we will report Error Traces & some general BEAM VM stats. For further visibility, you'll need to add some basic instrumentation.


There are a few adapters which leverage this agent to provide library / framework specific instrumentation:


Plug instrumentation is built into the agent.

  • NewRelic.Transaction enables rich Transaction Monitoring for a Plug pipeline. It's a macro that injects a few plugs and an error handler. Install it by adding use NewRelic.Transaction to your Plug module.
defmodule MyPlug do
  use Plug.Router
  use NewRelic.Transaction
  # ...

Function Tracing

  • NewRelic.Tracer enables detailed Function Tracing. Annotate a function and it'll show up as a span in Transaction Traces / Distributed Traces, and we'll collect aggregate stats about it. Install it by adding use NewRelic.Tracer to any module, and annotating any function with @trace module attribute
defmodule MyModule do
  use NewRelic.Tracer

  @trace :func
  def func do
    # Will report as `MyModule.func/0`

Pre-Instrumented Modules

  • NewRelic.Instrumented.HTTPoison Automatically wraps HTTP calls in a span, and adds an outbound header to track the request as part of a Distributed Trace.
alias NewRelic.Instrumented.HTTPoison