Tuesday 6 June 2017

Spring Sleuth

Sleuth is used to trace calls in a microservices environment. It creates a trace-id over the whole interactions and a span-id between each call.  For example, there is a call from a client to a microservice to load information for a customer id.  First is the call to the customer service, then the recent orders and accounts services.  All these calls would share the same trace-id but between each one is a different span-id.  To turn on sleuth just add the following dependencies into the pom.  You'll also need to add an application name.

spring.application.name=My Server



The trace and span ids will now be created and can be seen in the headers.

To log this and make it useful though is one thing but there is a graphical tool which makes this very easy.


Zipkin can be configured so that all Sleuth output is sent there and it allows a view of the interactions so that the times and services called can be seen.  To configure and use zipkin just add another dependency,


By default everything is logged to localhost:9411 but this can be changed by adding a property



If you are running with docker you'll need to add a zipkin image into the compose file,

    image: openzipkin/zipkin
      - my-network
    hostname: zipkin
      - "9411:9411"

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