This page contains documentation for OpenTelemetry JS.

Quick Start

Please note that this library is currently in alpha, and shouldn’t be used in production environments.

To begin, install the appropriate packages via your package manager.

npm install --save @opentelemetry/api
npm install --save @opentelemetry/tracing
npm install --save @opentelemetry/exporter-jaeger

Next, import the OpenTelemetry packages and Jaeger exporter and initialize them.

const opentelemetry = require('@opentelemetry/api');
const { BasicTracerProvider, SimpleSpanProcessor } = require('@opentelemetry/tracing');
const { JaegerExporter } = require('@opentelemetry/exporter-jaeger');

const exporter = new JaegerExporter({
  serviceName: 'myService'

const provider = new BasicTracerProvider();

provider.addSpanProcessor(new SimpleSpanProcessor(exporter));

Now, you’re ready to create spans!

const tracer = opentelemetry.trace.getTracer('example-basic-tracer-node');
const span = tracer.startSpan('main');
for (let i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
// Be sure to end the span.

// flush and close the connection.

function doWork(parent) {
  // Start another span. In this example, the main method already started a
  // span, so that'll be the parent span, and this will be a child span.
  const span = tracer.startSpan('doWork', {
    parent: parent

  // simulate some random work.
  for (let i = 0; i <= Math.floor(Math.random() * 40000000); i++) { }

  // Set attributes to the span.
  span.setAttribute('key', 'value');

  // Annotate our span to capture metadata about our operation
  span.addEvent('invoking doWork');


See this GitHub repository for a working code sample in node.js.

Looking for an example of how to use OpenTelemetry in the browser? Check out this GitHub repository.

API Reference

See the API documentation for more detail, and the opentelemetry-basic-app for a complete example.