Application server configuration

Learn how to define agent paths for Java application servers

When instrumenting an app that runs on a Java application server with a Java agent, you must add the javaagent path to the JVM arguments. The way to do this differs from server to server.

JBoss EAP / WildFly

You can add the javaagent argument at the end of the standalone configuration file:

# Add to standalone.conf
JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -javaagent:/path/to/opentelemetry-javaagent.jar"
rem Add to standalone.conf.bat
set "JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% -javaagent:<Drive>:\path\to\opentelemetry-javaagent.jar"


To define the path to the Java agent, use the -javaagent argument:

java -javaagent:/path/to/opentelemetry-javaagent.jar -jar start.jar

If you use the file to start Jetty, add the following line to the \<jetty_home\>/bin/ file:

JAVA_OPTIONS="${JAVA_OPTIONS} -javaagent:/path/to/opentelemetry-javaagent.jar"

If you use the start.ini file to define JVM arguments, add the javaagent argument after the --exec option:

# Sample Jetty start.ini file

Glassfish / Payara

Add the path to the Java agent using the asadmin tool:

<server_install_dir>/bin/asadmin create-jvm-options "-javaagent\:/path/to/opentelemetry-javaagent.jar"
<server_install_dir>\bin\asadmin.bat create-jvm-options '-javaagent\:<Drive>\:\\path\\to\\opentelemetry-javaagent.jar'

You can also add the -javaagent argument from the Admin Console. For example:

  1. Open the GlassFish Admin Console at http://localhost:4848.
  2. Go to Configurations > server-config > JVM Settings.
  3. Select JVM Options > Add JVM Option.
  4. Enter the path to the agent: -javaagent:/path/to/opentelemetry-javaagent.jar
  5. Save and restart the server.

Make sure that the domain.xml file in your domain directory contains a <jmv-options> entry for the agent.

Tomcat / TomEE

Add the path to the Java agent to your startup script:

# Add to <tomcat_home>/bin/
CATALINA_OPTS="$CATALINA_OPTS -javaagent:/path/to/opentelemetry-javaagent.jar"
rem Add to <tomcat_home>\bin\setenv.bat
set CATALINA_OPTS=%CATALINA_OPTS% -javaagent:"<Drive>:\path\to\opentelemetry-javaagent.jar"


Add the path to the Java agent to your domain startup script:

# Add to <domain_home>/bin/
export JAVA_OPTIONS="$JAVA_OPTIONS -javaagent:/path/to/opentelemetry-javaagent.jar"
rem Add to <domain_home>\bin\startWebLogic.cmd
set JAVA_OPTIONS=%JAVA_OPTIONS% -javaagent:"<Drive>:\path\to\opentelemetry-javaagent.jar"

For managed server instances, add the -javaagent argument using the admin console.

WebSphere Liberty Profile

Add the path to the Java agent to the jvm.options file. For a single server, edit ${server.config.dir}/jvm.options, and for all servers, edit ${wlp.install.dir}/etc/jvm.options:


Restart the server after saving the file.

WebSphere Traditional

Open the WebSphere Admin Console and follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Servers > Server type > WebSphere application servers.
  2. Select the server.
  3. Go to Java and Process Management > Process Definition.
  4. Select Java Virtual Machine.
  5. In Generic JVM arguments, enter the path to the agent: -javaagent:/path/to/opentelemetry-javaagent.jar.
  6. Save the configuration and restart the server.