Eclipse MicroProfile OpenTracing

Payara Server 6.2023.2 provides MicroProfile OpenTracing 3.0


The Open Tracing API was created to allow easier tracing of the flow of a request in microservices environment across service boundaries.

The complete specification can be found on the Eclipse MicroProfile website.

Breaking changes introduced in MicroProfile OpenTracing 3.0 are listed in the official specification under Incompatible Changes

Text and Binary Carriers Support

The Payara Platform implementation of the io.opentracing.Tracer interface supports the following carriers:

  • TextMap carriers with HTTP_HEADERS and TEXT_MAP formats

  • ByteBuffer carriers that use the BINARY format

JAX-WS Support

The Payara Platform’s MicroProfile implementation supports tracing of requests that are handled by SOAP Web Services implemented via the JAX-WS API. Since JAX-WS is only supported on Payara Server Full Profile, this support is not covered on Payara Micro.

OpenTracing Configuration

You can configure the notifiers and open tracing service by using the asadmin commands and also using the Administration console.

Using Alternate Opentracing Implementations

If you wish to use an alternative implementation of OpenTracing, i.e. Jaeger, then the alternative implementation must be provided as a jar in the lib directory of your domain. In it must be a file named io.opentracing.Tracer under META-INF/services, with the name of the class implementing io.opentracing.Tracer. That implementation must have a no-argument constructor. Alternate Opentracing implementations will only trace JAX-RS, JAX-WS and classes or methods annotated with @Traced; Payara’s own request tracing service can trace more types of request.

The Payara Platform’s Request Tracing service MUST also be enabled, whichever implementation is being used in order for tracing to occur. All other configuration within Payara’s request tracing service will have no effect on the supplied tracer, which must be configured separately to Payara.

Enabling the Request Tracing Service is done either via the admin console or using these Asadmin CLI commands:

set-requesttracing-configuration --enabled=true --dynamic=true
All other options for request tracing are ignored as the created Spans are not processed within Payara.

As an example, see, which shows how to integrate a Jaeger client tracer. This can be added as a library to Payara with the command add-library jaeger-tracer-lib-with-dependencies. Enabling request tracing in Payara Server is then required, which will then send traces from OpenTracing to a Jaeger collector on the same host.