Spark job that aggregates zipkin spans for use in the UI
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This is a Spark job that will collect spans from your datastore, analyze links between services, and store them for later presentation in the web UI (ex. http://localhost:8080/dependency).

This job parses all traces in the current day in UTC time. This means you should schedule it to run just prior to midnight UTC.

All Zipkin Storage Components are supported, including Cassandra, MySQL and Elasticsearch.


The quickest way to get started is to fetch the latest released job as a self-contained jar. Note that Zipkin Dependencies requires minimum JRE 7. For example:

$ wget -O zipkin-dependencies.jar ''
$ STORAGE_TYPE=cassandra3 java -jar zipkin-dependencies.jar

You can also start Zipkin Dependencies via Docker.

$ docker run --env STORAGE_TYPE=cassandra3 --env CASSANDRA_CONTACT_POINTS=host1,host2 openzipkin/zipkin-dependencies


By default, this job parses all traces since midnight UTC. You can parse traces for a different day via an argument in YYYY-mm-dd format, like 2016-07-16.

# ex to run the job to process yesterday's traces on OS/X
$ STORAGE_TYPE=cassandra3 java -jar zipkin-dependencies.jar `date -uv-1d +%F`
# or on Linux
$ STORAGE_TYPE=cassandra3 java -jar zipkin-dependencies.jar `date -u -d '1 day ago' +%F`

Environment Variables

zipkin-dependencies applies configuration parameters through environment variables. At the moment, separate binaries are made for each storage layer.

The following variables are common to all storage layers:

* `SPARK_MASTER`: Spark master to submit the job to; Defaults to `local[*]`
* `ZIPKIN_LOG_LEVEL`: Log level for zipkin-related status; Defaults to INFO (use DEBUG for details)


Cassandra is used when STORAGE_TYPE=cassandra or STORAGE_TYPE=cassandra3.

Here are the variables that apply

* `CASSANDRA_KEYSPACE`: The keyspace to use. Defaults to "zipkin".
* `CASSANDRA_CONTACT_POINTS`: Comma separated list of hosts / ip addresses part of Cassandra cluster. Defaults to localhost
* `CASSANDRA_LOCAL_DC`: The local DC to connect to (other nodes will be ignored)
* `CASSANDRA_USERNAME` and `CASSANDRA_PASSWORD`: Cassandra authentication. Will throw an exception on startup if authentication fails
* `CASSANDRA_USE_SSL`: Requires `` and ``, defaults to false.
* `STRICT_TRACE_ID`: When false, dependency linking only looks at 64 bits of a trace ID, defaults to true.

Example usage:

$ STORAGE_TYPE=cassandra3 CASSANDRA_USERNAME=user CASSANDRA_PASSWORD=pass java -jar zipkin-dependencies.jar

MySQL Storage

MySQL is used when STORAGE_TYPE=mysql. The schema is compatible with Zipkin's MySQL storage component.

* `MYSQL_DB`: The database to use. Defaults to "zipkin".
* `MYSQL_USER` and `MYSQL_PASS`: MySQL authentication, which defaults to empty string.
* `MYSQL_HOST`: Defaults to localhost
* `MYSQL_TCP_PORT`: Defaults to 3306
* `MYSQL_USE_SSL`: Requires `` and ``, defaults to false.

Example usage:

$ STORAGE_TYPE=mysql MYSQL_USER=root java -jar zipkin-dependencies.jar

Elasticsearch Storage

Elasticsearch is used when STORAGE_TYPE=elasticsearch. The schema is compatible with Zipkin's Elasticsearch storage component.

* `ES_INDEX`: The index prefix to use when generating daily index names. Defaults to zipkin.
* `ES_DATE_SEPARATOR`: The separator used when generating dates in index.
                       Defaults to '-' so the queried index look like zipkin-yyyy-DD-mm
                       Could for example be changed to '.' to give zipkin-yyyy.MM.dd
* `ES_HOSTS`: A comma separated list of elasticsearch hosts advertising http. Defaults to
              localhost. Add port section if not listening on port 9200. Only one of these hosts
              needs to be available to fetch the remaining nodes in the cluster. It is
              recommended to set this to all the master nodes of the cluster. Use url format for
              SSL. For example, "https://yourhost:8888"
* `ES_NODES_WAN_ONLY`: Set to true to only use the values set in ES_HOSTS, for example if your
                       elasticsearch cluster is in Docker. Defaults to false
* `ES_USERNAME` and `ES_PASSWORD`: Elasticsearch basic authentication. Use when X-Pack security
                                   (formerly Shield) is in place. By default no username or
                                   password is provided to elasticsearch.

Example usage:

$ STORAGE_TYPE=elasticsearch ES_HOSTS=host1,host2 java -jar zipkin-dependencies.jar
# To override the http port, add it to the host string
$ STORAGE_TYPE=elasticsearch ES_HOSTS=host1:9201 java -jar zipkin-dependencies.jar

Custom certificates

When using an https endpoint in ES_HOSTS, you can use the following standard properties to customize the certificates used for the connection:


Building locally

To build the job from source and run against a local cassandra, in Spark's standalone mode.

# Build the spark jobs
$ ./mvnw -DskipTests clean install
$ STORAGE_TYPE=cassandra java -jar ./main/target/zipkin-dependencies*.jar


When troubleshooting, always set ZIPKIN_LOG_LEVEL=DEBUG as this output is important when figuring out why a trace didn't result in a link.

If you set SPARK_MASTER to something besides local, remember that log output also ends up in stderr of the workers.