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Instrument applications written in other programming languages 🔗

You can send traces to Splunk Observabilty Cloud from applications or services written in programming languages for which a Splunk distribution isn’t available. See Instrument back-end applications to send spans to Splunk APM for a list of supported languages.

Follow these steps to manually instrument an application to send traces to Splunk Observability Cloud.

1. Add the required dependencies or packages 🔗

To instrument your application for Observability Cloud, you need to generate traces and spans that follow the OpenTelemetry format and semantic conventions. Add the required OpenTelemetry dependencies to your project, including gRPC communication libraries for communicating with the Splunk OpenTelemetry Collector.

Add the OpenTelemetry packages to the list of dependencies in your rebar.config file:

%% rebar.config file

{deps, [opentelemetry_api

You also must add them to the Applications section, together with gRPC libraries:

%% app.src file


2. Initialize the OpenTelemetry tracer 🔗

In your application’s code, initialize the OpenTelemetry library and tracer like in the following examples:

Include the OpenTelemetry tracer in your application’s code.




Erlang automatically initializes the tracer.

3. Generate spans for your application 🔗

In your application’s code, create spans for the operations you want to track. How you create spans differs depending on the target programming language.

The following examples show how to create spans that have attributes or tags:

hello() ->
   %% start an active span and run a local function
   ?with_span(<<"operation">>, #{}, fun nice_operation/1).

nice_operation(_SpanCtx) ->
   ?add_event(<<"Nice operation!">>, [{<<"bogons">>, 100}]),
   ?set_attributes([{another_key, <<"yes">>}]),

   %% start an active span and run an anonymous function
   ?with_span(<<"Sub operation...">>, #{},
               fun(_ChildSpanCtx) ->
                     ?set_attributes([{lemons_key, <<"five">>}]),
                     ?add_event(<<"Sub span event!">>, [])

Send data directly to Observability Cloud 🔗

By default, all telemetry goes to the local instance of the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.

If you need to send data directly to Observability Cloud, set the following environment variables. When instrumenting Rust applications or services you might need to read the values of the environment variables first.


To obtain an access token, see Retrieve and manage user API access tokens using Splunk Observability Cloud.

In the ingest endpoint URL, realm is the Observability Cloud realm, for example, us0. To find the realm name of your account, follow these steps:

  1. Open the left navigation menu in Observability Cloud.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Select your username.

The realm name appears in the Organizations section.


For more information on the ingest API endpoints, see Send APM traces.