Spring integration for Yammer's Metrics library
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The metrics-spring module integrates Yammer Metrics with Spring AOP, complete with simple XML configuration.

This module does the following things:

  • Proxies beans which contain methods annotated with @Timed, @Metered, and @ExceptionMetered
  • Registers a Gauge for beans which have members annotated with @Gauge
  • Registers with the HealthCheckRegistry any beans which extend the class HealthCheck



This module was formerly contained in the Yammer Metrics repository. Version 2.1.x will be the last version of this module available at these coordinates. This is the new official home of this project, and new coordinates will be available soon.

Basic Usage

Spring Context XML:

<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"

    <metrics:annotation-driven />

    <!-- beans -->


Alternate, XML-less config:

import org.springframework.context.annotation.Configuration;
import com.ryantenney.metrics.spring.config.annotation.EnableMetrics;

public class SpringConfiguringClass {
    // ...

XML Config

The <metrics:annotation-driven /> element is required, and has 5 optional arguments:

  • metrics-registry - the id of the MetricsRegsitry bean with which the generated metrics should be registered. If omitted, this defaults to registry provided by Metrics.defaultRegistry().
  • health-check-registry - the id of the HealthCheckRegsitry bean with which to register any beans which extend the class HealthCheck. If omitted, this defaults to the registry provided by HealthChecks.defaultRegistry().
  • scope - sets the scope for each of the metrics.
  • proxy-target-class - if set to true, always creates CGLIB proxies instead of defaulting to JDK proxies. This may be necessary if you use class-based autowiring.
  • expose-proxy - if set to true, the target can access the proxy which wraps it by calling AopContext.currentProxy().

The elements <metrics:metrics-registry /> and <metrics:health-check-registry /> are present as a convenience for creating new registry beans.

The element <metrics:jmx-reporter /> creates a JMX Reporter for the specified metrics registry. A JMX Reporter is automatically created for the default metrics registry.

A Note on the Limitations of Spring AOP

Due to limitations of Spring AOP only public methods can be proxied, so @Timed, @Metered, and @ExceptionMetered have no effect on non-public methods. Additionally, calling an annotated method from within the same class will not go through the proxy.

public class Foo {

    public void bar() { /* … */ }

    public void baz() {
        this.bar(); // doesn't pass through the proxy

        // fix: reengineer
        // workaround: enable `expose-proxy` and change to:
        ((Foo) AopContext.currentProxy()).bar(); // hideous, but it works

As @Gauge doesn’t involve a proxy, it is possible to use this annotation on private fields and methods.


Copyright (c) 2012 Ryan Tenney, Martello Technologies

Published under Apache Software License 2.0, see LICENSE