Reporters and collectors for use in Azure
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Shared libraries that provide Zipkin integration with Azure services. Requires JRE 6 or later.


These components provide Zipkin Senders and Collectors which build off interfaces provided by the zipkin-reporters-java and zipkin projects.



Zipkin collectors receives and decodes span messages from a source. These spans are later stored.

Collector Description
Event Hub An alternative to Kafka.

Server integration

In order to integrate with zipkin-server, you need to use properties launcher to load your collector (or sender) alongside the zipkin-server process.

To integrate a module with a Zipkin server, you need to:

  • add an extracted module directory to the loader.path
  • enable the profile associated with that module
  • launch Zipkin with PropertiesLauncher

Each module will also have different minimum variables that need to be set.


$ java -Dloader.path=eventhub -cp zipkin.jar org.springframework.boot.loader.PropertiesLauncher

TODO: Until distributions are published, we can't write instructions to simply download modules. Until then, users will have to build locally.

Building locally

Here's an example of building and integrating the Azure Event Hub Collector:

Step 1: Download zipkin-server jar

Download the latest released server as zipkin.jar:

cd /tmp
wget -O zipkin.jar ''

Step 2: Build the Event Hub module

Until the first version is published, you need to build the collector locally.

git clone
(cd zipkin-azure && ./mvnw package)

This should result in a file like: zipkin-azure/autoconfigure/collector-eventhub/target/zipkin-collector-eventhub-autoconfig-x.x.x-SNAPSHOT-module.jar

Step 3: Extract the Event Hub module into a subdirectory

The Event Hub module should be in a different directory than where you put zipkin.jar. It is easiest to create a directory named "eventhub" relative to zipkin.jar

cd /tmp
mkdir eventhub
(cd eventhub && jar -xf ../zipkin-azure/autoconfigure/collector-eventhub/target/*module.jar)

Step 4: Run the server with the "eventhub" profile active

When you enable the "eventhub" profile, you can configure eventhub with short environment variables similar to other Zipkin integrations.

cd /tmp
EVENTHUB_CONNECTION_STRING=Endpoint=sb://< EventHub Address>;SharedAccessKeyName=<name>;SharedAccessKey=<key>
java -Dloader.path=eventhub -cp zipkin.jar org.springframework.boot.loader.PropertiesLauncher