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The Go OpenTelemetry implementation.

Project Status

Warning: this project is currently in a pre-GA phase. Backwards incompatible changes may be introduced in subsequent minor version releases as we work to track the evolving OpenTelemetry specification and user feedback.

Our progress towards a GA release candidate is tracked in this project board. This release candidate will follow semantic versioning and will be released with a major version greater than zero.

Progress and status specific to this repository is tracked in our local project boards and milestones.

Project versioning information and stability guarantees can be found in the versioning documentation.

Getting Started

You can find a getting started guide on

OpenTelemetry's goal is to provide a single set of APIs to capture distributed traces and metrics from your application and send them to an observability platform. This project allows you to do just that for applications written in Go. There are two steps to this process: instrument your application, and configure an exporter.


To start capturing distributed traces and metric events from your application it first needs to be instrumented. The easiest way to do this is by using an instrumentation library for your code. Be sure to check out the officially supported instrumentation libraries.

If you need to extend the telemetry an instrumentation library provides or want to build your own instrumentation for your application directly you will need to use the package. The included examples are a good way to see some practical uses of this process.


Now that your application is instrumented to collect telemetry, it needs an export pipeline to send that telemetry to an observability platform.

You can find officially supported exporters here and in the companion contrib repository. Additionally, there are many vendor specific or 3rd party exporters for OpenTelemetry. These exporters are broken down by trace and metric support.


See the contributing documentation.

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Package otel provides global access to the OpenTelemetry API. The subpackages of the otel package provide an implementation of the OpenTelemetry API.

This package is currently in a pre-GA phase. Backwards incompatible changes may be introduced in subsequent minor version releases as we work to track the evolving OpenTelemetry specification and user feedback.

The provided API is used to instrument code and measure data about that code's performance and operation. The measured data, by default, is not processed or transmitted anywhere. An implementation of the OpenTelemetry SDK, like the default SDK implementation (, and associated exporters are used to process and transport this data.

To read the getting started guide, see

To read more about tracing, see

To read more about metrics, see

To read more about propagation, see and



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func GetMeterProvider

func GetMeterProvider() metric.MeterProvider

GetMeterProvider returns the registered global meter provider. If none is registered then a default meter provider is returned that forwards the Meter interface to the first registered Meter.

Use the meter provider to create a named meter. E.g.

meter := global.MeterProvider().Meter("")


meter := global.Meter("")

func GetTextMapPropagator

func GetTextMapPropagator() propagation.TextMapPropagator

GetTextMapPropagator returns the global TextMapPropagator. If none has been set, a No-Op TextMapPropagator is returned.

func GetTracerProvider

func GetTracerProvider() trace.TracerProvider

GetTracerProvider returns the registered global trace provider. If none is registered then an instance of NoopTracerProvider is returned.

Use the trace provider to create a named tracer. E.g.

tracer := global.GetTracerProvider().Tracer("")


tracer := global.Tracer("")

func Handle

func Handle(err error)

Handle is a convience function for ErrorHandler().Handle(err)

func Meter

func Meter(instrumentationName string, opts ...metric.MeterOption) metric.Meter

Meter creates an implementation of the Meter interface from the global MeterProvider. The instrumentationName must be the name of the library providing instrumentation. This name may be the same as the instrumented code only if that code provides built-in instrumentation. If the instrumentationName is empty, then a implementation defined default name will be used instead.

This is short for MeterProvider().Meter(name)

func SetErrorHandler

func SetErrorHandler(h ErrorHandler)

SetErrorHandler sets the global ErrorHandler to be h.

func SetMeterProvider

func SetMeterProvider(mp metric.MeterProvider)

SetMeterProvider registers `mp` as the global meter provider.

func SetTextMapPropagator

func SetTextMapPropagator(propagator propagation.TextMapPropagator)

SetTextMapPropagator sets propagator as the global TextMapPropagator.

func SetTracerProvider

func SetTracerProvider(tp trace.TracerProvider)

SetTracerProvider registers `tp` as the global trace provider.

func Tracer

func Tracer(name string) trace.Tracer

Tracer creates a named tracer that implements Tracer interface. If the name is an empty string then provider uses default name.

This is short for TracerProvider().Tracer(name)

func Version

func Version() string

Version is the current release version of OpenTelemetry in use.


type ErrorHandler

type ErrorHandler interface {
	// Handle handles any error deemed irremediable by an OpenTelemetry
	// component.

ErrorHandler handles irremediable events.

func GetErrorHandler

func GetErrorHandler() ErrorHandler

GetErrorHandler returns the global ErrorHandler instance. If no ErrorHandler instance has been set (`SetErrorHandler`), the default ErrorHandler which logs errors to STDERR is returned.


Path Synopsis
baggage Package baggage provides functionality for storing and retrieving baggage items in Go context.
codes Package codes defines the canonical error codes used by OpenTelemetry.
internal/baggage Package baggage provides types and functions to manage W3C Baggage.
internal/trace/noop Package noop provides noop tracing implementations for tracer and span.
label Package label provides key and value labels.
metric Package metric provides an implementation of the metrics part of the OpenTelemetry API.
metric/number Package number provides a number abstraction for instruments that either support int64 or float64 input values.
metric/registry Package registry provides a non-standalone implementation of MeterProvider that adds uniqueness checking for instrument descriptors on top of other MeterProvider it wraps.
oteltest Package oteltest provides testing utilities for the otel package.
propagation Package propagation contains OpenTelemetry context propagators.
semconv Package semconv implements OpenTelemetry semantic conventions.
trace Package trace provides an implementation of the tracing part of the OpenTelemetry API.
unit Package unit provides units.
MODULE bridge/opencensus
MODULE bridge/opencensus/examples/bridge
MODULE bridge/opentracing
MODULE example/basic
MODULE example/grpc
MODULE example/http
MODULE example/http-stackdriver
MODULE example/jaeger
MODULE example/namedtracer
MODULE example/opencensus
MODULE example/otel-collector
MODULE example/prometheus
MODULE example/zipkin
MODULE exporter/metric/prometheus
MODULE exporter/trace/jaeger
MODULE exporter/trace/stackdriver
MODULE exporters/metric/prometheus
MODULE exporters/otlp
MODULE exporters/stdout
MODULE exporters/trace/jaeger
MODULE exporters/trace/stackdriver
MODULE exporters/trace/zipkin