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Java/Scala library defining API for metrics publishing

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Java/Scala library defining API for metrics publishing. Implementation for Dropwizard Metrics is provided.
The library is incubating and there are some planned improvements. There can be some breaking changes in following major releases.


Library for application monitoring. It's abstraction of metrics inspired by Dropwizard Metrics.

Main advantages of this library:

  1. Universal abstraction with misc. implementations
  2. Support of multiple exports at once (MultiMonitor)
  3. Scala API

The entry-point into the library is the interface Monitor. Your classes need to get an instance of a monitor which they can use to construct different metrics, e.g. meters, timers or histograms. Instances of the individuals metrics can be used to monitor your application.

Currently there are multiple implementations/exports:

There is Scala API available in metrics-scala. See the example below.

Adding to project

The library is published to Bintray. Example usage of the StatsD in Gradle project:

repositories {
dependencies {
    compile "com.avast.metrics:metrics-statsd:$versionHere"

Naming of Monitors

Each monitor can be named several times which creates a hierarchy of names for the final metric.

Naming the monitors is very important! Your metrics will be wrong if you give the same metric name to two unrelated metrics in different components. The Monitor behaves like a registry so it creates each metric just once and returns it if asked again for the same name. All your components should receive an instance of Monitor that was properly named for that particular component.

import com.avast.metrics.api.*;
import com.avast.metrics.dropwizard.*;

public class Handler {

    private final Meter requests;

    public Handler(Monitor monitor) {
        this.requests = monitor.newMeter("requests");

    public void handle(String request) {

Monitor monitor = null; // TODO specific monitor
Handler handler = new Handler(monitor.named("Handler1"));

Scala API

An easy-to-use Scala API is available in scala-api module. Wrap the Java Monitor by scalaapi.Monitor to use the Scala version.

import com.avast.metrics.scalaapi.Monitor
import com.avast.metrics.dropwizard.JmxMetricsMonitor

val javaMonitor = getJavaMonitor()
val scalaMonitor = Monitor(javaMonitor)

Scala Per-key API

Adds support for easier creating of counters and timers per some user given key.

val monitor = Monitor(new JmxMetricsMonitor("com.avast.some.app"))

val perPartnerRequestCounter = monitor.perKey.counter("requestPerVendor")

val x = perPartnerRequestCounter.forKey("a")
val a = perPartnerRequestCounter.forKey("b")


See example in tests.

Unit Testing

There is a singleton NoOpMonitor.INSTANCE in the metrics-api submodule that can be used in tests.
There is also available Monitor.noOp for Scala API.

Disabling JMX

Sometimes you want to globally disable JMX monitoring on the server. You can do that by setting system property avastMetricsDisableJmx=true. To do that from bash, you can use:

 java -jar -DavastMetricsDisableJmx="true" program.jar

Any value that is not true will be ignored.