Distributed Tracing

Track requests across your application and infrastructure

Distributed systems often have many moving parts, making it it difficult to understand what your code is doing and finding the root-cause to bugs. That’s where Tracing comes in. If you haven’t seen it before, it may just about change your life.

Tracing is a revolutionary way to gain insight into what your applications is doing. It works by capturing the series of events as they occur during the execution of your code (a “trace”). This works by propagating a trace id between all individual systems, then corralating and joining the information together to present a unified picture of what happened end-to-end.

As opposed to the labor intensive instrumentation you'd normally need to go through to use tracing, Encore automatically captures traces for your entire application – in all environments.

You view traces in the Local Development Dashboard and in the Cloud Dashboard for Production and other environments.

Encore's tracing is more comprehensive and more performant than all other tools

Unlike other tracing solutions, Encore understands what each trace event is and captures unique insights about each one. This means you get access to more information than ever before:

  • Stack traces
  • Structured logging
  • HTTP requests
  • Network connection information
  • API calls
  • Database queries
  • etc.

Encore's tracing implementation sits at a lower abstraction level than what is normally possible, and leverages the Go runtime to do tracing with minimal application performance impact. This means Encore's tracing is much more performant than traditional tracing implementations like Datadog, Lightstep, or Dynatrace.

Redacting sensitive data

Encore's tracing automatically captures request and response payloads to simplify debugging.

For cases where this is undesirable, such as for passwords or personally identifiable information (PII), Encore supports redacting fields marked as containing sensitive data.

See the documentation on API Schemas for more information.