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    OpenTelemetry Propagator gRPC Census

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    OpenTelemetry gRPC Census propagator provides gRPC header propagation for systems that use the OpenCensus 'grpc-trace-bin' binary header format. This allows for context propagation when either:

    • incoming gRPC calls come from services already instrumented using OpenCensus
    • outgoing gRPC calls go to services already instrumented using OpenCensus

    This propagator works in conjunction with the OpenTelemetry gRPC plugin.

    Example of usage:

    const { NodeTracerProvider } = require('@opentelemetry/node');
    const { GrpcCensusPropagator } = require('@opentelemetry/propagator-grpc-census-binary');
    const { registerInstrumentations } = require('@opentelemetry/instrumentation');
    const { GrpcInstrumentation } = require('opentelemetry/instrumentation-grpc');
    const provider = new NodeTracerProvider();
    // Register GrpcCensusPropagator so we can propagate content using
    // the 'grpc-trace-bin' header in our incoming/outgoing gRPC calls.
      propagator: new GrpcCensusPropagator()
      instrumentations: [
        new GrpcInstrumentation(),

    Also, see examples/grpc-census-prop for a worked example that shows when this propagator can be useful.

    Implementation Details

    See binary-format.ts for equivalent encoding/decoding of the format in OpenCensus. Note: the author of the OpenCensus binary format, @mayurkale22, also created BinaryTraceContext.ts in opentelemetry-core but that was subsequently removed as part of PR #804. The implementation of GrpcCensusPropagator in this module uses a version of BinaryTraceContext.ts inspired by Mayur's previous work (with minor modifications e.g. there is no longer a BinaryFormat interface to implement).

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    Apache 2.0 - See LICENSE for more information.


    npm i @opentelemetry/propagator-grpc-census-binary

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