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route-metrics allows server performance, exclusive of network time, to be compared on a route-by-route basis. It was created to compare server performance with and without @contrast/agent being loaded and active.

route-metrics measures the elapsed time of http/https requests from the the time that the request event is emitted to the time the response's end function is called. Elapsed time is measured in microseconds but is output in milliseconds by default.

route-metrics writes a log file in which each line is JSON. the log files can be interpreted using the included log-processor.


As usual, execute npm install @contrast/route-metrics to install it.

But, unlike most packages, route-metrics is not required by your program. The route-metrics agent must be run by requiring it on the node command line.

$ node -r @contrast/route-metrics my-web-server.js

If another package, say @contrast/agent, is being required on the command line, then route-metrics must be required first:

$ node -r @contrast/route-metrics -r @contrast/agent my-web-server.js

This allows server performance, exclusive of network time, to be compared with and without other packages installed. route-metrics writes to a json log file, route-metrics.log by default.

processing the log file

Once the route-metrics agent has been used to generate a log file, it's useful to do something with the output. The included log-processor can be executed via npm run log-processor and will look for the default log file in the current directory, ./route-metrics.log. To specify a different log file or location, npm run log-processor dir/other-file-name.log.

The log processor will read the log file, output some informational text, and use the requested reporter to write the output.

Informational output is enclosed in brackets, e.g., [this is information]. So if the reporter is writing to the default, file descriptor 1 (stdout), the lines enclosed in brackets are not part of the report. They should all preceed the reporter output in any case.

csv reporter output

The first line after the informational lines is the header line.

The percentiles are calculated using the smallest value that is greater than or equal to the specified percentile of values; no interpolation is done.

json reporter output

This reporter writes no informational output. It writes the data gathered from the log file as a single JSON object. The code is the only documentation for it at this time.


All route-metrics agent configuration is done via environment variables. The environment variables are shown with their default values.

  • CSI_RM_LOG_FILE=route-metrics.log

Boolean options must be set to true to enable. The eventloop resolution is how often it is sampled internally by node; the setting is in milliseconds.

The route-metrics log processor is also configured via environment variables.

  • CSI_RM_REPORTER=csv # json is also valid. the json reporter is a formatted dump of the raw data.
  • CSI_RM_OUTPUT=1 # if numeric writes to that file descriptor, else writes to that file name.
  • CSI_RM_TEMPLATE # a template that defines how the output is grouped
  • CSI_RM_MICROSECONDS # report times in microseconds instead of milliseconds. (json reporter always reports raw data, i.e., microseconds or, in the case of the eventloop delay, nanoseconds.)

using a template

A template is a JavaScript file that is used to group routes into buckets. For example, a route may have optional parameters or query params that would make them appear, by default, as separate routes.

See example/template.js for a simple template with explanatory comments.

design philosophy

route-metrics should have as low an impact on the server as possible. To this end, after startup, it does everything asynchronously and as efficiently as possible. If you see anything that can be made more efficient please submit an issue or, ideally, submit a PR.

While route-metrics strives to work correctly, it does not implement code to prevent garbage-in, garbage-out. For example, providing route-metrics with an unwritable path will cause an EACCES error to be thrown. Because the expected use is in a testing environment, this seems reasonable. If it turns out to be a bad decision, appropriate fallbacks can be implemented.

route-metrics is also written with minimal production dependencies. At this time shimmer is the only one.


  • handles require'd files only
  • does not report on web sockets
  • does not handle http2 (http/https only)
  • log-processor has minimal automated testing; manual testing has revealed no inconsistencies or errors.

breaking changes

v1 => v2

  • proc entries now report raw data, not averages, for memory. the names have been changed to reflect that (heapUsedAvg => heapUsed and externalAvg to external).
  • arrayBuffers have been added to the proc entry.
  • the averaging interval was removed. It was not documented and shouldn't cause any issues.


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