PromEx.TelemetryMetricsPrometheus.Core (PromEx v0.1.6-alpha) View Source

Prometheus Reporter for Telemetry.Metrics definitions.

Provide a list of metric definitions to the child_spec/1 function. It's recommended to add this to your supervision tree.

def start(_type, _args) do
  # List all child processes to be supervised
  children = [
    {PromEx.TelemetryMetricsPrometheus.Core, [
      metrics: [
        sum("http.request.payload_size", unit: :byte),
        last_value("", unit: :byte)

  opts = [strategy: :one_for_one, name: ExampleApp.Supervisor]
  Supervisor.start_link(children, opts)

Note that aggregations for distributions (histogram) only occur at scrape time. These aggregations only have to process events that have occurred since the last scrape, so it's recommended at this time to keep an eye on scrape durations if you're reporting a large number of distributions or you have a high tag cardinality.

Telemetry.Metrics to Prometheus Equivalents

Metric types:

  • Counter - Counter
  • Distribution - Histogram
  • LastValue - Gauge
  • Sum - Counter
  • Summary - Summary (Not supported)


Prometheus recommends the usage of base units for compatibility - Base Units. This is simple to do with :telemetry and Telemetry.Metrics as all memory related measurements in the BEAM are reported in bytes and Metrics provides automatic time unit conversions.

Note that measurement unit should used as part of the reported name in the case of histograms and gauges to Prometheus. As such, it is important to explicitly define the unit of measure for these types when the unit is time or memory related.

It is suggested to not mix units, e.g. seconds with milliseconds.

It is required to define your buckets according to the end unit translation since this measurements are converted at the time of handling the event, prior to bucketing.


Report memory as :byte.


Report durations as :second. The BEAM and :telemetry events use :native time units. Converting to seconds is as simple as adding the conversion tuple for the unit - {:native, :second}


Telemetry.Metrics definition names do not translate easily to Prometheus naming conventions. By default, the name provided when creating your definition uses parts of the provided name to determine what event to listen to and which event measurement to use.

For example, "http.request.duration" results in listening for [:http, :request] events and use :duration from the event measurements. Prometheus would recommend a name of http_request_duration_seconds as a good name.

It is therefore recommended to use the name in your definition to reflect the name you wish to see reported, e.g. http.request.duration.seconds or [:http, :request, :duration, :seconds] and use the :event_name override and :measurement options in your definition.


  event_name: [:http, :request, :complete],
  measurement: :duration,
  unit: {:native, :second},
  reporter_options: [
    buckets: [0.01, 0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1]

The exporter sanitizes names to Prometheus' requirements (Metric Naming) and joins the event name parts with an underscore.


Labels in Prometheus are referred to as :tags in Telemetry.Metrics - see the docs for more information on tag usage.

Important: Each tag + value results in a separate time series. For distributions, this is further complicated as a time series is created for each bucket plus one for measurements exceeding the limit of the last bucket - +Inf.

It is recommended, but not required, to abide by Prometheus' best practices regarding labels - Label Best Practices

Missing or Invalid Measurements and Tags

If a measurement value is missing or non-numeric, the error is logged at the debug level and the event is not recorded. Events with missing tags are also logged and skipped.

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Reporter's child spec.

Returns a metrics scrape in Prometheus exposition format for the given reporter name - defaults to :prometheus_metrics.

Start the PromEx.TelemetryMetricsPrometheus.Core.Supervisor

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metrics() :: [Telemetry.Metrics.t()]


prometheus_option() :: {:metrics, metrics()} | {:name, atom()}


prometheus_options() :: [prometheus_option()]

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Reporter's child spec.

This function allows you to start the reporter under a supervisor like this:

children = [ {PromEx.TelemetryMetricsPrometheus.Core, options} ]

See start_child/1 for options.

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scrape(name \\ :prometheus_metrics)

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scrape(name :: atom()) :: String.t()

Returns a metrics scrape in Prometheus exposition format for the given reporter name - defaults to :prometheus_metrics.


Start the PromEx.TelemetryMetricsPrometheus.Core.Supervisor

Available options:

  • :name - name of the reporter instance. Defaults to :prometheus_metrics
  • :metrics - a list of metrics to track.