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Honeycomb

If you want to use Honeycomb as the trace data store, you'll configure the OpenTelemetry Collector to receive traces from your system and then send them to both Tracetest and Honeycomb. And, you don't have to change your existing pipelines to do so.

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Examples of configuring Tracetest with Honeycomb can be found in the examples folder of the Tracetest GitHub repo.

Configuring OpenTelemetry Collector to Send Traces to both Honeycomb and Tracetest

In your OpenTelemetry Collector config file:

  • Set the exporter to otlp/tracetest
  • Set the endpoint to your Tracetest instance on port 4317
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If you are running Tracetest with Docker, and Tracetest's service name is tracetest, then the endpoint might look like this http://tracetest:4317

Additionally, add another config:

  • Set the exporter to otlp/honeycomb
  • Set the endpoint pointing to the Honeycomb API and using Honeycomb API KEY
# collector.config.yaml

# If you already have receivers declared, you can just ignore
# this one and still use yours instead.
receivers:
otlp:
protocols:
grpc:
http:

processors:
batch:
timeout: 100ms

exporters:
logging:
logLevel: debug
# OTLP for Tracetest
otlp/tracetest:
endpoint: tracetest:4317 # Send traces to Tracetest. Read more in docs here: https://docs.tracetest.io/configuration/connecting-to-data-stores/opentelemetry-collector
tls:
insecure: true
# OTLP for Honeycomb
otlp/honeycomb:
endpoint: "api.honeycomb.io:443"
headers:
"x-honeycomb-team": "YOUR_API_KEY"
# Read more in docs here: https://docs.honeycomb.io/getting-data-in/otel-collector/

service:
pipelines:
traces/tracetest:
receivers: [otlp]
processors: [batch]
exporters: [otlp/tracetest]
traces/honeycomb:
receivers: [otlp]
processors: [batch]
exporters: [logging, otlp/honeycomb]

Configure Tracetest to Use Honeycomb as a Trace Data Store

Configure your Tracetest instance to expose an otlp endpoint to make it aware it will receive traces from the OpenTelemetry Collector. This will expose Tracetest's trace receiver on port 4317.

Connect Tracetest to Honeycomb with the Web UI

In the Web UI, (1) open Settings, and, on the (2) Configure Data Store tab, select (3) Honeycomb.

Honeycomb

Connect Tracetest to Honeycomb with the CLI

Or, if you prefer using the CLI, you can use this file config.

type: DataStore
spec:
name: Honeycomb pipeline
type: honeycomb
default: true

Proceed to run this command in the terminal and specify the file above.

tracetest apply datastore -f my/data-store/file/location.yaml