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Version: v1.6

Distributed Tracing with Jaeger

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 Hydra. It's yet another tool that you can use to aid you in profiling, debugging and ultimately understanding your deployment of Hydra better. Hydra currently supports the following tracing options:

  • Tracing backend(s): Jaeger - Note: adding support for other opentracing compliant backends is planned. To aid in priority, please create an issue with your feature request.
  • Following existing traces: If you have deployed Hydra behind a proxy that has initiated a trace, Hydra will attempt to join that trace by examining the request headers for tracing context.

What a Hydra trace includes#

In DT speak, a trace is comprised of one or more spans which are logical units of work. Each Hydra span is encapsulated with the following state:

  • A name
  • A start time
  • A finish time
  • A set of zero or more tags

Hydra currently 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 Hydra. If you see something that is missing/wrong, please create an issue.

Alright, how can I set this up locally?#

The provided docker-compose file in the project repository has tracing configuration w/ jaeger added which you can use to play around with. Simply uncomment the configurations associated with tracing as so:

Under the Hydra service definition depends_on configs, uncomment the following:

- jaeger

Under the Hydra service definition environment configs, uncomment the following:


Uncomment the Jaeger service definition:

image: jaegertracing/all-in-one:1.7.0
- "5775:5775/udp"
- "6831:6831/udp"
- "6832:6832/udp"
- "5778:5778"
- "16686:16686"
- "14268:14268"
- "9411:9411"

Then simply run docker-compose up. 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 to Hydra and inspect traces!

As an example, here is a trace created by making a bad request to the POST /clients endpoint:

Sample Trace;

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

Note: in order to see spans around database interactions, you must be using a SQL backend (i.e. MySQL or Postgres).

Tracing configurations#

The CLI will provide you with the list of Hydra tracing configurations and their supported values. Simply run:

docker exec -it hydra_hydra_1 hydra serve --help

And read the section on DEBUG CONTROLS.

Last updated on by aeneasr