Getting started with Uptrace and OpenTelemetry

Uptraceopen in new window is a distributed tracing tool that uses OpenTelemetry to collect data and ClickHouse database to store it. It is a self-hosted version of Uptrace Cloudopen in new window.


To get started with Uptrace, you need to:

  1. Create ClickHouse database.
  2. Install Uptrace binary.
  3. Start sending data using OpenTelemetry distro for Uptrace.
  4. Enjoy!


Want to experiment with Uptrace? Dockeropen in new window example can get you started in no time.


Already using Kubernetes? Try Uptrace Helm chartsopen in new window.


Uptrace requires ClickHouse database to store telemetry data. After installingopen in new window ClickHouse, you can create uptrace database like this:

clickhouse-client -q "CREATE DATABASE uptrace"

When started, Uptrace will connect to the ClickHouse database specified in uptrace.yml config and will automatically create required tables and views.



Uptrace provides DEB and RPM packages for Linux amd64/arm64 systems. After installing an approriate package, you will have:

  • Uptrace binary at /usr/bin/uptrace.
  • Uptrace config at /etc/uptrace/uptrace.yml.
  • Systemd service at /lib/systemd/system/uptrace.service.
  • Environment file used by the systemd service at /etc/uptrace/uptrace.conf.

To check the status of Uptrace service:

sudo systemctl status uptrace

To restart Uptrace:

sudo systemctl restart uptrace

To view Uptrace logs:

sudo journalctl -u uptrace -f


To install Debian package, run the following command replacing 0.2.16 with the desired version and amd64 with the desired architecture:

sudo dpkg -i uptrace_0.2.16_amd64.deb


To install Debian package, run the following command replacing 0.2.16 with the desired version and x86_64 with the desired architecture:

sudo rpm -ivh uptrace-0.2.16-1.x86_64.rpm


Alternatively, instead of installing DEB or RPM packages, you can downloadopen in new window a pre-compiled binary and install Uptrace manually.


Download Linux binary:

wget -O ./uptrace
chmod +x ./uptrace

Download Uptrace config:


Start Uptrace:

./uptrace --config=uptrace.yml serve


Download MacOS binary:

wget -O uptrace
chmod +x uptrace

Download Uptrace config:


Start Uptrace:

./uptrace --config=uptrace.yml serve

You may need to update ClickHouse connection string in uptrace.yml using ch.dsn option.


For pre-compiled binaries for other platforms, check GitHub Releasesopen in new window .

Start sending data

To start receiving data, you need to install OpenTelemetry distroopen in new window configured to work with Uptrace. Uptrace uses OpenTelemetry protocol (OTLP) to receive telemetry data, for example, spansopen in new window, errors, and logs. As a transport protocol, OTLP can use gRPC (OTLP/gRPC) or HTTP (OTLP/HTTP).

Uptrace supports OTLP/gRPC on the port 14317 and OTLP/HTTP on the port 14318. The port is specified in the Uptrace DSN that you will receive after installing Uptrace, for example:


uptrace-goopen in new windowOTLP/gRPC14317
uptrace-dotnetopen in new windowOTLP/gRPC14317
uptrace-pythonopen in new windowOTLP/gRPC14317
uptrace-nodeopen in new windowOTLP/HTTP14318
uptrace-rubyopen in new windowOTLP/HTTP14318

For example, to run basic Go exampleopen in new window, you need to use OTLP/gRPC and port 14317:

UPTRACE_DSN=http://<project_token>:localhost:14317/<project_id> go run .

But to run basic Node.js exampleopen in new window, you need to use OTLP/HTTP and port 14318:

UPTRACE_DSN=http://<project_token>:localhost:14318/<project_id> node main.js

You can also try tutorials for the most popular frameworks:

OpenTelemetry Collector

If you are already using OpenTelemetry Collectoropen in new window, you can configure it to send data to Uptrace:

    endpoint: http://localhost:14317
      insecure: true
      uptrace-dsn: 'http://<project_token>:localhost:14317/<project_id>'
    endpoint: http://localhost:14318
      insecure: true
      uptrace-dsn: 'http://<project_token>:localhost:14318/<project_id>'

GitHub notifications

You can enable GitHub notificationsopen in new window to receive an email when a new Uptrace version is released.

What's next?

Next, you can browse instrumentationsopen in new window to find examples for your framework and libraries or learn about OpenTelemetry API to create your own instrumentations.

If you are interested in OpenTelemetry Metricsopen in new window, you can configure Grafana to use Uptrace as a data source.

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