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appmetrics-zipkin provides Zipkin instrumentation of Node.js applications using a single line: require('appmetrics-zipkin').

Unlike other zipkin instrumentation packages, appmetrics-zipkin will automatically inject missing trace header information into any inbound request and use the same value for the outbound request without any user intervention. This gives you a full trace across the http message with out any extra code.

Configure Zipkin Endpoint

Connecting to a Zipkin endpoint is done by adding the desired hostname and port to file.

Alternatively, the hostname, port and service name (used by Zipkin to identify your application) can be added when including appmetrics-zipkin into your application:

var appzip = require('appmetrics-zipkin')({
  host: 'localhost',
  port: 9411,
  sampleRate: 1.0

Note: The properties file has precedence over the inline settings

If no configuration details are provided, the endpoint will be localhost:9411, the serviceName will be set to the program name that requires appmetrics-zipkin and the sample rate will be 1.0 (100% of requests).


var appzip = require('appmetrics-zipkin');
var express = require('express');
var app = express();
app.get('/api', (req, res) => res.send(new Date().toString()));
app.listen(9000, () => {
  console.log('Backend listening on port 9000!');

Note: require('appmetrics-zipkin') must be included before requiring other packages to ensure those packages are correctly instrumented. Failure to do can result in spans not being sent to the Zipkin server.

Using Zipkin with Node.js and Kubernetes

Deploy the Zipkin service with a given service name and exposure type, for example, naming the service zipkin and choosing to expose the service via the NodePort mechanism.

Your Node.js code to send Zipkin traffic to the discovered server would be as follows:

var zipkinHost = "localhost"
var zipkinPort = 9411  
if (process.env.ZIPKIN_SERVICE_HOST && process.env.ZIPKIN_SERVICE_PORT) {
  console.log("Routing Zipkin traffic to the Zipkin Kubernetes service")
  zipkinHost = process.env.ZIPKIN_SERVICE_HOST
  zipkinPort = process.env.ZIPKIN_SERVICE_PORT
} else {
  console.log("Detected we're running the Zipkin server locally")
var appzip = require('appmetrics-zipkin')({
  host: zipkinHost,
  port: zipkinPort,
  sampleRate: 1.0

You can see if the environment variables are present with the following commands.

Use kubectl get pods to discover the pod of your Zipkin deployment.

Use kubectl exec -it <the pod name from above> printenv | grep SERVICE to determine the environment variables present for the Zipkin service.

Example output:

[Node.js@IBM icp-nodejs-sample]$ kubectl exec -it test-zipkin-289126497-pjf5b printenv | grep SERVICE




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