Python A language-specific implementation of OpenTelemetry in Python.

This is the OpenTelemetry Python documentation. OpenTelemetry is an observability framework – an API, SDK, and tools that are designed to aid in the generation and collection of application telemetry data such as metrics, logs, and traces. This documentation is designed to help you understand how to get started using OpenTelemetry Python.

Status and Releases

The current status of the major functional components for OpenTelemetry Python is as follows:


For releases, including the latest release, see Releases.

Version support

OpenTelemetry-Python supports Python 3.8 and higher.


The API and SDK packages are available on PyPI, and can be installed via pip:

pip install opentelemetry-api
pip install opentelemetry-sdk

In addition, there are several extension packages which can be installed separately as:

pip install opentelemetry-exporter-{exporter}
pip install opentelemetry-instrumentation-{instrumentation}

These are for exporter and instrumentation libraries respectively. The Jaeger, Zipkin, Prometheus, OTLP and OpenCensus Exporters can be found in the exporter directory of the repository. Instrumentations and additional exporters can be found in the contrib repository instrumentation and exporter directories.


To find related projects like exporters, instrumentation libraries, tracer implementations, etc., visit the Registry.

Installing Cutting-edge Packages

There is some functionality that has not yet been released to PyPI. In that situation, you may want to install the packages directly from the repository. This can be done by cloning the repository and doing an editable install:

git clone
cd opentelemetry-python
pip install -e ./opentelemetry-api -e ./opentelemetry-sdk -e ./opentelemetry-semantic-conventions

Repositories and benchmarks

Getting Started

Get telemetry for your app in less than 5 minutes!


Manual instrumentation for OpenTelemetry Python

Using instrumentation libraries


Process and export your telemetry data


Context propagation for the Python SDK


OpenTelemetry Distro

Using mypy


API reference



Instrumentation libraries, exporters and other useful components for OpenTelemetry Python