Before you can view the trace data of your application in the Tracing Analysis console, you must use a client to submit the trace data to Tracing Analysis. This topic describes how to use an OpenTelemetry client to submit the data of .NET applications. The method also applies to C# applications.


To obtain an endpoint of OpenTelemetry, perform the following steps:
  1. Log on to the Tracing Analysis console. In the top navigation bar, select a region.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Cluster Configurations. Then, click the Access point information tab.
  3. In the Cluster Information section of the Access point information tab, turn on Show Token.
  4. In the Client section, click OpenTelemetry.
    Obtain an endpoint of OpenTelemetry in the Related Information column of the table in the lower part. Endpoint of OpenTelemetry
    • If your application is deployed in an Alibaba Cloud production environment, use a private endpoint. Otherwise, use a public endpoint.

Sample code

Download the sample code from dotnet-demo.

Use OpenTelemetry SDK for .NET to manually instrument an application

In this example, OpenTelemetry SDK for .NET 6.0 is used.

  1. Go to the dotnet-demo/opentelemetry-demo directory and add the following OpenTelemetry dependencies that are required to manually instrument the application:
    dotnet add package OpenTelemetry
    dotnet add package OpenTelemetry.Exporter.OpenTelemetryProtocol
    dotnet add package OpenTelemetry.Extensions.Hosting --prerelease
  2. In the OpentelemetryExporterDemo.cs file, create an OpenTelemetry TracerProvider, add an HTTP-based OtlpExporter, and then replace the endpoint that are used to submit the application name and data.
    using System.Diagnostics;
    using OpenTelemetry;
    using OpenTelemetry.Trace;
    using OpenTelemetry.Resources;
    using OpenTelemetry.Exporter;
    namespace Demo
        internal static class OpentelemetryExporterDemo
            internal static void Run()
                Console.WriteLine("otlp running");
                // Use OpenTelemetry to submit the name of the application.
                var serviceName = "otlp-test";
                using var tracerProvider = Sdk.CreateTracerProviderBuilder()
                    .AddOtlpExporter(opt =>
                                         // Replace the value of the parameter with the endpoint that you obtained in the "Prerequisites" section of this topic.
                                         opt.Endpoint = new Uri("http://localhost/api/otlp/traces");
                                         // Submit data over HTTP.
                                         opt.Protocol = OtlpExportProtocol.HttpProtobuf;
                for(int i = 0; i<10; i++)
                    var MyActivitySource = new ActivitySource(serviceName);
                    using var activity = MyActivitySource.StartActivity("SayHello");
                    activity?.SetTag("bar", "Hello World");
  3. Run the following command in the current path:
    dotnet run --framework:net6.0
  4. Start the on-premises program.In the Tracing Analysis console, search for the required application by name and then view the data that is submitted by the application.