When you start your Microgateway instance by executing
edgemicro start or
edgemicro forever -a start, there is an additional step (described on this page) required for using it with the Instana Node.js collector. This scenario typically entails that the
edgemicro package is installed globally via
npm install -g edgemicro or
yarn global add edgemicro (instead of installing it as a dependency of your application). If you, on the other hand, use
microgateway-core as a dependency in your own, custom app, you do not need the instructions on this page. Instead, use the default installation method for
To use the Instana Node.js collector in a normal Node.js application you would add a line like
to the main entry file of your code base. But when you install
edgemicro globally and use the
edgemicro command line interface to start the Apigee Microgateway, there is no custom code to add this line to.
For this scenario, the Instana collector package provides an executable that will statically instrument an existing
edgemicro installation and make that installation Instana-ready.
The instrumentation needs to be happen on the machine that runs the
edgemicro instance you want to monitor. If you are running
edgemicro in a container, you need to execute these steps in that container. It only needs to be done once after installing the
edgemicro package on that machine/container, not every time you want to start
edgemicro. Here are the required steps for preparing your
edgemicro installation for Instana monitoring and tracing:
@instana/collectorglobally on the same machine/in the same container than your
edgemicroinstallation (or more precisely, on a file system that is accessible from your
edgemicroinstallation) by running
npm install -g @instana/collector.
@instana/collector installed, you are ready to prepare your
edgemicro installation for Instana. Execute the following command:
@instana/collectorand should be in your path when you have installed the package globally. If your shell is not set up to find executables from globally installed npm packages, you can also fall back to execute
$(npm root -g)/../../bin/instana-instrument-edgemicro-cli.
This command should print
Done: The edgemicro module has been statically instrumented for Instana tracing and metrics collection.
when it is done.
Note: This procedure (in particular, calling
instana-instrument-edgemicro-cli) needs to be repeated when
edgemicro is re-installed or updated to a newer version. It is not harmful to execute it multiple times for the same
edgemicro installation. The executable is smart enough to recognize that the installation has already been instrumented, and it will update the existing instrumentation, if necessary. The procedure would also need to be repeated if the location of the package
@instana/collector changes, but not when that package is updated to a newer version in place.
The executable usually needs no arguments since it is able to find a globally installed
edgemicro installation. However you can optionally provide the location of
edgegateway (and also of
@instana/collector) as arguments:
instana-instrument-edgemicro-cli [edgemicro_path [instana-collector-path]]
# let Instana figure out the paths instana-instrument-edgemicro-cli
# specify the edgemicro path instana-instrument-edgemicro-cli /path/to/edgemicro
# also specify the @instana/collector path` instana-instrument-edgemicro-cli /path/to/edgemicro /path/to/@instana/collector
To find out where the
edgemicro package is installed:
npm root -gto find out where the global
node_modulesfolder is located. Let's assume this prints
/usr/local/lib/node_modules. If the
edgemicropackage has been installed globally, it should be in the directory
/usr/local/lib/node_modules/edgemicro, which is the installation location that we are looking for.
Additionally, execute the command
ls -l $(which edgemicro) to find out which executable is actually used when using the
edgemicro command on the command line. The output might be something like:
$ ls -l $(which edgemicro) lrwxrwxrwx 1 user group 01 Jan 19 01:23 /usr/local/bin/edgemicro -> ../lib/node_modules/edgemicro/cli/edgemicro
edgemicropackage installed in
/usr/local/lib/node_modules/edgemicrois the one that is being used when using the
As a side effect of this instrumentation, you might see log output from
@instana/collector also when running other
edgemicro commands, for example
edgemicro version etc. This is expected and can be safely ignored.