Vendor-agnostic way to receive, process and export telemetry data

The OpenTelemetry Collector offers a vendor-agnostic implementation on how to receive, process and export telemetry data. It removes the need to run, operate, and maintain multiple agents/collectors in order to support open-source observability data formats (e.g. Jaeger, Prometheus, Fluent Bit, etc.) sending to one or more open-source or commercial back-ends. The Collector is the default location instrumentation libraries export their telemetry data.


  • Usable: Reasonable default configuration, supports popular protocols, runs and collects out of the box.
  • Performant: Highly stable and performant under varying loads and configurations.
  • Observable: An exemplar of an observable service.
  • Extensible: Customizable without touching the core code.
  • Unified: Single codebase, deployable as an agent or collector with support for traces, metrics, and logs (future).
Last modified February 16, 2021: Update instrumentation libraries (#399) (63f91e8)