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App Functions SDK - Custom Service Metrics

The Custom Service Metrics capability allows for custom application services to define, collect and report their own custom service metrics.

The following are the steps to collect and report custom service metrics:

  1. Determine the metric type that needs to be collected

    • counter - Track the integer count of something
    • gauge - Track the integer value of something
    • gaugeFloat64 - Track the float64 value of something
    • timer - Track the time it takes to accomplish a task
    • histogram - Track the integer value variance of something
  2. Create instance of the metric type from

    • myCounter = gometrics.NewCounter()
    • myGauge = gometrics.NewGauge()
    • myGaugeFloat64 = gometrics.NewGaugeFloat64()
    • myTimer = gometrics.NewTime()
    • myHistogram = gometrics.NewHistogram(gometrics.NewUniformSample(<reservoir size))
  3. Determine if there are any tags to report along with your metric. Not common so nil is typically passed for the tags map[strings]string parameter in the next step.

  4. Register your metric(s) with the MetricsManager from the service or pipeline function context reference. See Application Service API and App Function Context API for more details:

    • service.MetricsManager().Register("MyCounterName", myCounter, nil)
    • ctx.MetricsManager().Register("MyCounterName", myCounter, nil)
  5. Collect the metric

    • myCounter.Inc(someIntvalue)
    • myCounter.Dec(someIntvalue)
    • myGauge.Update(someIntvalue)
    • myGaugeFloat64.Update(someFloatvalue)
    • myTimer.Update(someDuration)
    • myTimer.Time(func { do sometime})
    • myTimer.UpdateSince(someTimeValue)
    • myHistogram.Update(someIntvalue)
  6. Configure reporting of the service's metrics. See Writable.Telemetry configuration details in the Application Service Configuration section for more detail.

    Example - Service Telemetry Configuration

        Interval: "30s"
          MyCounterName: true
          MyGaugeName: true
          MyGaugeFloat64Name: true
          MyTimerName: true
          MyHistogram: true
        Tags: # Contains the service level tags to be attached to all the service's metrics
          Gateway: "my-iot-gateway" # Tag must be added here or via Consul Env Override can only change existing value, not added new ones.


    The metric names used in the above configuration (to enable or disable reporting of a metric) must match the metric name used when the metric is registered. A partial match of starts with is acceptable, i.e. the metric name registered starts with the above configured name.