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Loki: Simple Distributed Tracing

Loki is a distributed tracing system inspired by Zipkin and Prometheus.

  • Pull Based: a central Loki app pull traces from your instrumented applications
  • Service Discover: using Prometheus' Service Discovery frameworks allows Loki to discover your app within many popular orchestrators (Kubernetes, Mesos etc) or service discovery systems (Consul, DNS etc)

Loki consists of:

  • A OpenTracing compatible tracer
  • The Loki app

Internally Loki is really just an opinionated reimplementation of OpenZipkin.

Instrumenting your app

Instrument you go application according to OpenTracing

import (

func main() {
    // Create a Loki tracer
    tracer, err := loki.NewTracer(loki.DefaultConfig)

  	// explicitly set our tracer to be the default tracer.

    // Create an instrumented gRPC server
    s := grpc.NewServer(

    // Register a http handler for Loki
    http.Handle("/traces", loki.Handler())
    log.Fatal(http.ListenAndServe(":8080", nil))
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