erikvanoosten / metrics-scala

The scala API for Dropwizard's Metrics.



Capturing JVM- and application-level metrics. So you know what's going on.

This is the Scala API for Dropwizard's Metrics library.

Initially this project started out as a line for line copy of the Metrics-scala module, released for multiple scala versions. Metrics dropped the scala module in version 3.0.0 and this project continued separately with the help of @scullxbones and many other contributors.

We strive for long term stability, correctness, an easy to use API and full documentation (in that order).



Metrics-scala provides an easy way to create metrics and health checks in Scala. Since version 3.5.5 creating metrics and health checks is as easy as extending DefaultInstrumented and using the metrics and healthCheck builders:

class Example(db: Database) extends nl.grons.metrics4.scala.DefaultInstrumented {
  // Define a health check
  healthCheck("alive") { workerThreadIsActive() }

  // Define a timer metric
  private[this] val loading = metrics.timer("loading")

  // Use timer metric
  def loadStuff(): Seq[Row] = loading.time {

For more detailed information see the manual. For more information on Dropwizard-metrics 4.x, please see the documentation.

See also the change log for improvements and API changes.


  • Easy creation of all metrics types.
  • Easy creation of Health Checks.
  • Almost invisible syntax for using timers (see example above).
  • Scala specific methods on metrics (e.g. += on counters).
  • Derives proper metrics names for Scala objects and closures.
  • Actor support.
  • Future support.
  • Hdrhistogram support.

Available artifacts (abbreviated)

The following artifacts are available:

  • metrics4-scala: adds a nice Scala API to Dropwizard Metrics
  • metrics4-akka: support for measuring Akka actors
  • metrics4-hdr: adds support for HdrHistogram to increase the accuracy of histograms

The table shows the available artifacts of metrics-scala. For the full list, including those targeting older Scala and Akka versions see all available versions.

Artifact name Scala version Akka version Build against
2.11 2.12 2.13 2.5 2.4
metrics4-scala Dropwizard-metrics 4.1.1
metrics4-akka_a25 Akka 2.5.26
metrics4-akka_a24 Akka 2.4.20
metrics4-scala-hdr Hdr 1.1.0/2.1.11 (**)

(*) RC versions are only supported until the next version is available.

(**) The first number is the version of "org.mpierce.metrics.reservoir" % "hdrhistogram-metrics-reservoir", the second the version of "org.hdrhistogram" % "HdrHistogram". See also hdrhistogram manual page.

Migrating from 3.x to 4.x

Migrating from 3.x to 4.x is simply a matter of replacing the package from nl.grons.metrics to nl.grons.metrics4, and recompiling the code.

Metrics-scala 3.x and metrics-scala 4.x can mostly be used at the same time on top of either Dropwizard Metrics 3.x or 4.x (excluding Dropwizard metrics 4.0.0). Unfortunately HDR support is not compatible over major Dropwizard version.

Download 4.x

Release notes for 4.1.1.

WARNING: nl.grons:metrics-scala:4.0.0 was accidentally released as well. Do not use it as it will give binary compatibility problems. Instead use "nl.grons" %% "metrics4-scala" % "4.0.1" or later as described below.


libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "nl.grons" %% "metrics4-scala" % "4.1.1",
  "nl.grons" %% "metrics4-akka_a25" % "4.1.1",
  "nl.grons" %% "metrics4-scala-hdr" % "4.1.1"



Download 2.x and 3.x

In the 2.x and 3.x versions you depend on a single artifact. Different versions target different Akka/Scala combinations. See all available versions to select the appropriate version.

Here are examples for metrics-scala 3.5.10 and Akka 2.4 (and Scala 2.12 in the Maven example):


libraryDependencies += "nl.grons" %% "metrics-scala" % "3.5.10_a2.4"



To use hdrhistogram additional dependencies are needed. See the hdrhistogram manual page.

Dropwizard 5.x

Dropwizard metrics 5.x has been in RC state for some time now. Metrics-scala support for it can be found in the metrics5-dev branch. Since the master branch has since evolved considerably, the 5.x branch is not in a releasable state anymore.


If you find a bug, please open an issue, better yet: send a pull request. For questions, please sent an email to the metrics mailing list.


Copyright (c) 2010-2012 Coda Hale, (before 3.0.0)

Copyright (c) 2013-2019 Erik van Oosten (3.0.0 and later)

Published under Apache Software License 2.0, see LICENSE