OpenTelemetry Concepts

Key concepts in OpenTelemetry

In this section you’ll learn about the data sources and key components of the OpenTelemetry project. This will help you understanding how OpenTelemetry works.

Observability Primer

Core observability concepts.


Learn about the categories of telemetry supported by OpenTelemetry


How OpenTelemetry facilitates automatic and manual instrumentation of applications.


The main components that make up OpenTelemetry

Semantic Conventions

Common names for different kinds of operations and data.


Learn about sampling, and the different sampling options available in OpenTelemetry.

SDK Configuration


A distribution, not to be confused with a fork, is customized version of an OpenTelemetry component.


Terminology you may or may not be familiar with used by the OpenTelemetry project.