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Azure Core tracing library for JavaScript

This is the core tracing library that provides low-level interfaces and helper methods for tracing in Azure SDK JavaScript libraries which work in the browser and Node.js.

Getting started


Install this library using npm as follows

npm install @azure/core-tracing

Key Concepts

The @azure/core-tracing package supports enabling tracing for Azure SDK packages, using an OpenTelemetry Tracer.

By default, all libraries log with a NoOpTracer that takes no action. To change this, you have to use setTracer to set a new default Tracer.


Example 1 - Setting an OpenTelemetry Tracer

const opentelemetry = require("@opentelemetry/api");
const { BasicTracer, SimpleSpanProcessor } = require("@opentelemetry/tracing");
const { ZipkinExporter } = require("@opentelemetry/exporter-zipkin");
const { setTracer } = require("@azure/core-tracing");

const exporter = new ZipkinExporter({
  serviceName: "azure-tracing-sample"
const tracer = new BasicTracer();
tracer.addSpanProcessor(new SimpleSpanProcessor(exporter));


const rootSpan = tracer.startSpan("root");
const context = opentelemetry.setSpan(opentelemetry.context.active(), rootSpan);

// Call some client library methods and pass rootSpan via tracingOptions.


Example 2 - Passing current Context to library operations

// Given a BlobClient from @azure/storage-blob
const result = await blobClient.download(undefined, undefined, {
  tracingOptions: {
    tracingContext: context

Next steps

You can build and run the tests locally by executing rushx test. Explore the test folder to see advanced usage and behavior of the public classes.


If you run into issues while using this library, please feel free to file an issue.


If you'd like to contribute to this library, please read the contributing guide to learn more about how to build and test the code.


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