Opentelemetry Python

OpenTelemetry Python API and SDK
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OpenTelemetry Python

Slack Build Status Minimum Python Version Release Read the Docs

Project Status

See the OpenTelemetry Instrumentation for Python.

Signal Status Project
Traces Stable N/A
Metrics Stable N/A
Logs Experimental N/A

Project versioning information and stability guarantees can be found here.

Getting started

You can find the getting started guide for OpenTelemetry Python here.

If you are looking for examples on how to use the OpenTelemetry API to instrument your code manually, or how to set up the OpenTelemetry Python SDK, see

Python Version Support

This project ensures compatibility with the current supported versions of the Python. As new Python versions are released, support for them is added and as old Python versions reach their end of life, support for them is removed.

We add support for new Python versions no later than 3 months after they become stable.

We remove support for old Python versions 6 months after they reach their end of life.


The online documentation is available at To access the latest version of the documentation, see


This repository includes multiple installable packages. The opentelemetry-api package includes abstract classes and no-op implementations that comprise the OpenTelemetry API following the OpenTelemetry specification. The opentelemetry-sdk package is the reference implementation of the API.

Libraries that produce telemetry data should only depend on opentelemetry-api, and defer the choice of the SDK to the application developer. Applications may depend on opentelemetry-sdk or another package that implements the API.

The API and SDK packages are available on the Python Package Index (PyPI). You can install them via pip with the following commands:

pip install opentelemetry-api
pip install opentelemetry-sdk

The exporter/ directory includes OpenTelemetry exporter packages. You can install the packages separately with the following command:

pip install opentelemetry-exporter-{exporter}

The propagator/ directory includes OpenTelemetry propagator packages. You can install the packages separately with the following command:

pip install opentelemetry-propagator-{propagator}

To install the development versions of these packages instead, clone or fork this repository and perform an editable install:

pip install -e ./opentelemetry-api
pip install -e ./opentelemetry-sdk
pip install -e ./instrumentation/opentelemetry-instrumentation-{instrumentation}

For additional exporter and instrumentation packages, see the opentelemetry-python-contrib repository.


For information about contributing to OpenTelemetry Python, see

We meet weekly on Thursdays at 9AM PST. The meeting is subject to change depending on contributors' availability. Check the OpenTelemetry community calendar for specific dates and Zoom meeting links.

Meeting notes are available as a public Google doc.

Approvers (@open-telemetry/python-approvers):

Emeritus Approvers

For more information about the approver role, see the community repository.

Maintainers (@open-telemetry/python-maintainers):

Emeritus Maintainers:

For more information about the maintainer role, see the community repository.

Thanks to all the people who already contributed!

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