Getting Started


Your applications must be instrumented before they can send tracing data to Jaeger backend. Check the Client Libraries section for information about how to use the OpenTracing API and how to initialize and configure Jaeger tracers.

All in one Docker image

This image, designed for quick local testing, launches the Jaeger UI, collector, query, and agent, with an in memory storage component.

The simplest way to start the all in one docker image is to use the pre-built image published to DockerHub (a single command line).

docker run -d -e COLLECTOR_ZIPKIN_HTTP_PORT=9411 -p5775:5775/udp -p6831:6831/udp -p6832:6832/udp \
  -p5778:5778 -p16686:16686 -p14268:14268 -p9411:9411 jaegertracing/all-in-one:latest

You can then navigate to http://localhost:16686 to access the Jaeger UI.

The container exposes the following ports:

Port Protocol Component Function
5775 UDP agent accept zipkin.thrift over compact thrift protocol
6831 UDP agent accept jaeger.thrift over compact thrift protocol
6832 UDP agent accept jaeger.thrift over binary thrift protocol
5778 HTTP agent serve configs
16686 HTTP query serve frontend
14268 HTTP collector accept jaeger.thrift directly from clients
9411 HTTP collector Zipkin compatible endpoint

Kubernetes and OpenShift

Kubernetes and OpenShift templates can be found in the Jaegertracing organization on Github.

Sample Application

HotROD (Rides on Demand)

This is a demo application that consists of several microservices and illustrates the use of the OpenTracing API. A tutorial / walkthough is available in the blog post: Take OpenTracing for a HotROD ride.

It can be run standalone, but requires Jaeger backend to view the traces.


mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/jaegertracing
cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/jaegertracing
git clone git@github.com:jaegertracing/jaeger.git jaeger
cd jaeger
make install
cd examples/hotrod
go run ./main.go all

Then navigate to http://localhost:8080.


  • Discover architecture of the whole system via data-driven dependency diagram.
  • View request timeline and errors; understand how the app works.
  • Find sources of latency and lack of concurrency.
  • Highly contextualized logging.
  • Use baggage propagation to:

    • Diagnose inter-request contention (queueing).
    • Attribute time spent in a service.
  • Use open source libraries with OpenTracing integration to get vendor-neutral instrumentation for free.


Client Libraries

Look here.

Running Individual Jaeger Components

Individual Jaeger backend components can be run from source. They all have their main.go in the cmd folder. For example, to run the jaeger-agent:

mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/jaegertracing
cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/jaegertracing
git clone git@github.com:jaegertracing/jaeger.git jaeger
cd jaeger
make install
go run ./cmd/agent/main.go

Migrating from Zipkin

Collector service exposes Zipkin compatible REST API /api/v1/spans and /api/v2/spans for both JSON and thrift encoding. By default it's disabled. It can be enabled with --collector.zipkin.http-port=9411.

Zipkin Thrift IDL file can be found in jaegertracing/jaeger-idl. It's compatible with openzipkin/zipkin-api