Configuring Distributed Tracing (DT) will enable you to obtain a visualization of the call paths that take place in order to process a request made to Ory. It's yet another tool that you can use to aid you in profiling, debugging and ultimately understanding your deployment of Ory better.
You have the option to use a tracing backend or follow existing traces. Ory supports the following tracing backends:
To follow existing traces: If you have deployed Ory behind a proxy that has initiated a trace, Ory will attempt to join that trace by examining the request headers for tracing context.
What an Ory trace includes
In DT speak, a trace is comprised of one or more spans which are logical units of work. Each Ory span is encapsulated with the following state:
- A name
- A start time
- A finish time
- A set of zero or more tags
Ory creates the following spans:
- Top level span (named after the request path) for the requested endpoint. Span tags: - http method - http status code - error IFF status code >= 400
- Child span will be created if bcrypt (e.g. when the token endpoint is called) is called. Span tags: - bcrypt work factor
- All SQL database interactions. Spans/tags will vary depending on the database driver used.
This is still evolving and subject to change as tracing support continues to expand in Ory. If you see something that's missing/wrong, please create an issue.
The provided docker-compose file in the project repository has tracing configuration which you can use to play around with - just uncomment the desired tracing provider. We will use Jaeger as an example.
docker-compose -f quickstart.yml \
-f quickstart-tracing.yml \
Grab a coffee or stretch while you wait for everything to come up. You will then be able to navigate to the Jaeger UI which you
have exposed on port
16686 at http://localhost:16686/search. You can now start making requests and inspect traces!
As an example, here is a trace created by making a bad request to the
POST /clients endpoint:
At a glance, you are able to see that:
- The request failed
- The request took ~80ms
- It resulted in a 409
- The hash comparison to validate the client's credentials took a whopping 70ms. Bcrypt is expensive!
- The various database operations performed
To see spans around database interactions, you must be using a SQL backend, such as MySQL or Postgres.
The CLI will provide you with the list of tracing configurations and their supported values. Simply run:
docker exec -it hydra_hydra_1 hydra serve --help
And read the section on