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Pyroscope uses the standard runtime/pprof package to collect profiling data. Refer to the official documentation for details.

Supported platforms#

Spy NameTypeLinuxmacOSWindowsDocker

Profiling Go application#


This current version of the Go integration requires you to run pyroscope server version 0.3.1 or higher. We strongly recommend you to upgrade your pyroscope server version and use this new version of the golang client. It reduces both the number of dependancies and peformance overhead. The old documentation is still available here.

To start profiling a Go application, you need to include our go module in your app:

# make sure you also upgrade pyroscope server to version 0.3.1 or highergo get

Then add the following code to your application:

package main
import ""
func main() {  pyroscope.Start(pyroscope.Config{    ApplicationName: "",
    // replace this with the address of pyroscope server    ServerAddress:   "http://pyroscope-server:4040",
    // you can disable logging by setting this to nil    Logger:          pyroscope.StandardLogger,
    // optionally, if authentication is enabled, specify the API key:    // AuthToken: os.Getenv("PYROSCOPE_AUTH_TOKEN"),
    // by default all profilers are enabled,    // but you can select the ones you want to use:    ProfileTypes: []pyroscope.ProfileType{      pyroscope.ProfileCPU,      pyroscope.ProfileAllocObjects,      pyroscope.ProfileAllocSpace,      pyroscope.ProfileInuseObjects,      pyroscope.ProfileInuseSpace,    },  })
  // your code goes here}


It is possible to add tags (labels) to the profiling data. These tags can be used to filter the data in the UI. We have a custom API that's in line with our other integrations (e.g Python or Ruby) as well as go-native pprof api:

// these two ways of adding tags are equivalent:pyroscope.TagWrapper(context.Background(), pyroscope.Labels("controller", "slow_controller"), func(c context.Context) {  slowCode()})
pprof.Do(context.Background(), pprof.Labels("controller", "slow_controller"), func(c context.Context) {  slowCode()})

Pull Mode#

Go integration supports pull mode, which means that you can profile applications without adding any extra code. For that to work you will need to make sure you have profiling routes (/debug/pprof) enabled in your http server. Generally, that means that you need to add net/http/pprof package:

import _ "net/http/pprof"

Tracing Integraiton#

Pyroscope can integrate with distributed tracing systems supporting OpenTelemetry standard which allows you to link traces with the profiling data, and find specific lines of code related to a performance issue. For more information, refer to tracing integration documentation.


Check out the examples directory in our repository to learn more ๐Ÿ”ฅ