Instrumenting Elixir Application



Come learn about the tools and techniques needed to instrument an Elixir application.

This course will be a hands-on dive into the world of instrumenting Elixir applications. We’ll cover the Telemetry library. How it works, drawbacks, and why it’s pervasive in the community. From there we’ll see how we can use Telemetry to generate metrics and trace data for an application. We’ll look at popular libraries and frameworks and how to use their Telemetry events to further enrich our instrumentation. From there, we’ll explore options for visualizing the data we’ve collected.

By the end of the day, you’ll have a solid understanding of the available tools to add an extensible instrumentation framework to any Elixir application.



in person


  • Why instrumentation is important.
  • How traces, metrics, and logging fit into the observability stack.
  • What is Telemetry and how to use it?
  • What are the different types of instrumentation we can gather for an application.
  • How to use Telemetry.Metrics to collection data from the BEAM.
  • How to generate traces and spans for Phoenix requests, Broadway consumers, and Oban Workers.
  • How to trace across distributed contexts.
  • Different options for visualizing metrics and spans.
  • Where OpenTelemetry fits into the instrumentation stack.






Attendees should have a working understanding of Elixir and have the latest versions of Elixir and Erlang installed.

Experience level: