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Cloud Trace

Cloud Trace is a managed distributed tracing system that collects latency data from your applications and displays it in the Google Cloud Console. You can track how requests propagate through your application and receive detailed near real-time performance insights.

Enable API

gcloud services enable

Spring Cloud Sleuth

Spring Cloud GCP's Trace integration uses Spring Cloud Sleuth behind the scenes to instrument and trace your application. In addition, it'll also enhance the log messages to include the current trace context (Trace ID, Span ID) for trace to log correlation.


Add the Spring Cloud GCP Trace starter:
compile group: '', name: 'spring-cloud-gcp-starter-trace'


By default, Spring Cloud Sleuth samples only 10% of the requests. I.e., 1 in 10 requests may have traces propagated to the trace server (Cloud Trace). In a non-production environment, you may want to see all of the trace. You can adjust the sampling rate using Spring Cloud Sleuth's properties:
# Set sampler probability to 100%
Notice that there is no explicit configuration for username/password. Cloud Trace authentication uses the GCP credential (either your user credential, or Service Account credential), and authorization is configured via Identity Access Management (IAM).


Spring Cloud Sleuth automatically adds trace instrumentation to commonly used components, such as incoming HTTP requests, and incoming messages from Spring Integration. See Spring Cloud Sleuth Integrations documentation for more details.


Spring Cloud Sleuth will automatically trace incoming requests from WebMVC, or WebFlux as-is.
class OrderController {
private final OrderRepository orderRepository;
OrderController(OrderRepository orderService) {
this.orderRepository = orderRepository;
public Order getOrder(@PathParam String orderId) {
return orderRepository.findById(orderId);
In this example, an incoming request to /order/{orderId} endpoint will be automatically traced, and the traces will be propagated to Cloud Trace based on the sampler probability.


Spring Cloud Sleuth will automatically trace incoming messages and handlers when using Spring Integration

Custom Spans

If there is a piece of code/method that you want to break out into it's own span, you can use Spring Cloud Sleuth's @NewSpan annotation. See Spring Cloud Sleuth's Creating New Span documentation.
class OrderService {
private final OrderRepository orderRepository;
Order createOrder(Order order) {

Tagging Spans

You can associate additional data to a Span (a tag) via annotation. See Spring Cloud Sleuth's Continuing Span documentation.
class OrderService {
private final OrderRepository orderRepository;
Order getOrder(@SpanTag("orderId") String id) {
return orderRepository.findById(id);


Spring Cloud Sleuth automatically propagates the trace context to a remote system (e.g., via HTTP request, or messaging) when using RestTemplate, WebClient, Spring Integration, and more. See Spring Cloud Sleuth Integrations documentation for more details.

Rest Template / WebClient

Simply create a RestTemplate or WebClient bean and Spring Cloud Sleuth will automatically add filters to propagate the trace context via HTTP headers.
RestTemplate restTemplate() {
return new RestTemplate();


When using Spring Integration, Spring Cloud Sleuth will automatically propagate trace context via message headers. For example, send a Pub/Sub message with Spring Integration's Gateway will automatically add trace headers to the Pub/Sub message.

Additional Headers

Spring Cloud Sleuth uses OpenZipkin's Brave tracer, and uses B3 propagation. Over HTTP, it will automatically propagate B3 headers to HTTP headers.
When running your application in Istio, you may need to propagate additional trace headers required by Istio, such as x-request-id and x-ot-span-context.

Log / Trace Correlation

Spring Cloud Sleuth automatically associate each log message with the trace context (Trace ID, Span ID). When the log message is sent to Cloud Logging, you can then be able to see the log messages alongside the trace itself. See how to configure Logback to achieve this.



If you use Istio service mesh, Istio can automatically capture service to service traces. You can use Spring Cloud Sleuth to propagate additional trace headers, without any trace senders:
For in-application trace, you can use Spring Cloud GCP Trace starter.

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