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Dropwizard Zipkin Bundle

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A bundle for submitting tracing data to Zipkin from Dropwizard applications. Internally, this library uses Brave to interface a Zipkin collector.

Dependency Info


Beginning with v1.2.2-4, if you are using the Kafka sender, you must explicitly add the kafka-clients dependency into your pom.xml as it has been excluded from the zipkin-core module.



Add a ZipkinBundle to your Application class.

public void initialize(Bootstrap<MyConfiguration> bootstrap) {
    // ...
    bootstrap.addBundle(new ZipkinBundle<MyConfiguration>(getName()) {
        public ZipkinFactory getZipkinFactory(MyConfiguration configuration) {
            return configuration.getZipkinFactory();

public void run(MyConfiguration configuration, Environment environment) throws Exception {
    Optional<HttpTracing> tracing = configuration.getZipkinFactory().build(environment);


For configuring the Zipkin connection, there is a ZipkinFactory:


  # Required properties
  # Whether tracing is enabled or not (defaults to true)
  enabled: true
  # Listening IP address of the service
  # Listening port of the service
  servicePort: 8080

  # Optional properties
  # Span collector to use (console, http, kafka or empty)
  collector: http
  # If using the http collector, provide the baseUrl
  # If using the http collector, timeout out when connecting (defaults to 10s)
  connectTimout: 10s
  # If using the http collector, timeout out when reading the response (defaults to 60s)
  readTimeout: 60s
  # If using the kafka collector, provide the Kafka bootstrap servers

Example Application

This bundle includes a modified version of the HelloWorldApplication from Dropwizard's Getting Started documentation.

You can execute this application by first starting Zipkin on your local machine then running:

mvn clean package
java -jar zipkin-example/target/zipkin-example-1.3.5-2-SNAPSHOT.jar server zipkin-example/hello-world.yml

This will start the application on port 8080 (admin port 8180). This application demonstrations the following Zipkin integration points:

  • You can use the included ZipkinClientBuilder to construct instrumented JerseyClient's that will send span traces to Zipkin
  • The service will send request and response traces to Zipkin


Please file bug reports and feature requests in GitHub issues.


Copyright (c) 2018 Smoke Turner, LLC

This library is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

See or the LICENSE file in this repository for the full license text.