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Install All Auto Instrumentations

Choose this option for the fastest installation.
Collecting traces from the browser will allow you to track user interaction. Traces will include the frontend operation that lead to backend trace. Instrument your web app using the OpenTelemetry JS SDK and send traces to Aspecto.

Step 1 - Install Dependencies

npm
yarn
npm install @opentelemetry/api @opentelemetry/sdk-trace-web @opentelemetry/sdk-trace-base @opentelemetry/context-zone @opentelemetry/resources @opentelemetry/semantic-conventions @opentelemetry/exporter-trace-otlp-http
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yarn add @opentelemetry/api @opentelemetry/sdk-trace-web @opentelemetry/sdk-trace-base @opentelemetry/context-zone @opentelemetry/resources @opentelemetry/semantic-conventions @opentelemetry/exporter-trace-otlp-http @opentelemetry/instrumentation

Step 2 - Install Instrumentation Libraries

Install all instrumentation libraries with the @opentelemetry/auto-instrumentations-web package:
npm
yarn
npm install @opentelemetry/auto-instrumentations-web
yarn add @opentelemetry/auto-instrumentations-web

Step 3 - Add OpenTelemetry SDK Setup Code

Add this code to your application in a file named opentelemetry.ts
This code contains parts you need to fill in yourself in step 4. ignoreUrls should include all your third parties domains to avoid CORS errors.
import { WebTracerProvider } from '@opentelemetry/sdk-trace-web';
import { BatchSpanProcessor } from '@opentelemetry/sdk-trace-base';
import { ZoneContextManager } from '@opentelemetry/context-zone';
import { Resource, detectResources, browserDetector } from '@opentelemetry/resources';
import { SemanticResourceAttributes } from '@opentelemetry/semantic-conventions';
import { OTLPTraceExporter } from '@opentelemetry/exporter-trace-otlp-http';
​
import { registerInstrumentations } from '@opentelemetry/instrumentation';
import { getWebAutoInstrumentations } from '@opentelemetry/auto-instrumentations-web';
​
const aspectoToken = '--YOUR ASPECTO TOKEN--';
const serviceName = '--YOUR SERVICE NAME--';
​
// in order to propagate the context to your instrumented services, add their urls by matching a regex
const propagateTraceHeaderCorsUrls = [/my\.company\.domain/];
​
// urls that match any regex in ignoreUrls will not be traced and the context will not be propagate.
// it can be used to exclude uninteresting spans from the traces, avoid CORS issues, and ignore third party API calls
const ignoreUrls = [/third\.parties.\urls/];
​
export const registerOpenTelemetry = async () => {
const autoResource = await detectResources({
detectors: [browserDetector],
});
​
const resource = new Resource({
[SemanticResourceAttributes.SERVICE_NAME]: serviceName,
}).merge(autoResource);
​
const provider = new WebTracerProvider({
resource,
});
​
const aspectoExporter = new OTLPTraceExporter({
url: 'https://otelcol.aspecto.io/v1/traces',
headers: {
Authorization: aspectoToken,
},
});
provider.addSpanProcessor(new BatchSpanProcessor(aspectoExporter));
​
provider.register({
contextManager: new ZoneContextManager(),
});
const instrumentations = getWebAutoInstrumentations({
// load custom configuration for xml-http-request instrumentation
'@opentelemetry/instrumentation-xml-http-request': {
propagateTraceHeaderCorsUrls,
ignoreUrls,
},
});
​
registerInstrumentations({
instrumentations,
});
};

Step 4 - Configure the Installation

Fill in the following in the code above in order to export traces to Aspecto:
1) aspectoToken - You can get your token here.
2) serviceName - The name of your web application. You will be able to filter and search for it in Aspecto trace viewer and use it for sampling rules and alerts.
3) propagateTraceHeaderCorsUrls - In order to propagate the context to your instrumented services, add their urls by matching a regex.
This option is where you control which API calls in your frontend (browser) connect with traces in your backend (nodejs \ java \ python \ ruby \ .NET \ GO).
4) ignoreUrls - Urls that match any regex in ignoreUrls will not be traced and the context will not be propagated. It can be used to exclude uninteresting spans from the traces, avoid CORS issues, and ignore third-party API calls.

Step 5 - Register OpenTelemetry in Your Code

Invoke the registerOpenTelemetry function in your main index.ts file as early as possible.
An example React startup might look similar to this:
import { registerOpenTelemetry } from './opentelemetry';
import React from 'react';
import { render } from 'react-dom';
import App from './App';
​
registerOpenTelemetry();
​
const rootElement = document.getElementById('react-app');
render(<App />, rootElement);

Step 6 - View Traces

Go to Aspecto app and view your browser traces.