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  6. include.yaml
  8. test/
  9. third_party/

Setting up timeseries monitoring on App Engine.

  1. Symlink this directory into your appengine app.

    cd infra/appengine/myapp
    ln -s ../../appengine_module/gae_ts_mon .
  2. Add the scheduled task to your cron.yaml file. Create it if you don't have one already.

    - description: Send ts_mon metrics
      url: /internal/cron/ts_mon/send
      schedule: every 1 minutes
      target: <cron_module_name>  # optional
  3. Include the URL handler for that scheduled task in your app.yaml file.

    - gae_ts_mon  # handles /internal/cron/ts_mon/send
  4. Initialize the library in your request handler.

    import gae_ts_mon
    app = webapp2.WSGIApplication(my_handlers)
    gae_ts_mon.initialize(app, cron_module='<cron_module_name>')

    You must do this in every top-level request handler that's listed in your app.yaml to ensure metrics are registered no matter which type of request an instance receives first.

    If your app does not contain a webapp2.WSGIApplication instance (e.g. it's a Cloud Endpoints only app), then pass None as the first argument to gae_ts_mon.initialize.

    The gae_ts_mon.initialize method takes a few optional parameters:

    • cron_module (str, default=‘default’): if you specified a custom module for the cron job, you must specify it in every call to initialize.
    • is_enabled_fn (function with no arguments returning bool): a callback to enable/disable sending the actual metrics. Default: None which is equivalent to lambda: True. The callback is called on every metrics flush, and takes effect immediately. Make sure the callback is efficient, or it will slow down your requests.
  5. Instrument all Cloud Endpoint methods if you have any by adding a decorator:

    def your_method(self, request):
  6. Give your app‘s service account permission to send metrics to the API. You can find the name of your service account on the Permissions page of your project in the cloud console - it’ll look something like Or search the default module's logs for "Initializing with service account". Add it as a “Publisher” of the “monacq” PubSub topic in the chrome-infra-mon-pubsub project by selecting it from the list and clicking “Permissions”. If you see an error “You do not have viewing permissions for the selected resource.”, then please ask (AMER) or (EMEA) to do it for you.

  7. You also need to enable the Google Cloud Pub/Sub API for your project if it's not enabled already.

You‘re done! You can now use ts_mon metrics exactly as you normally would using the infra_libs.ts_mon module. Here’s a quick example, but see the timeseries monitoring docs for more information.

from infra_libs import ts_mon

class MyHandler(webapp2.RequestHandler):
  goats_teleported = ts_mon.CounterMetric(
      'Number of goats teleported',

  def get(self):
    count = goat_teleporter.teleport()

    self.response.write('Teleported %d goats this time' % count)

Appengine Modules

Multiple Appengine modules are fully supported - the module name will appear in as job_name field in metrics when they are exported.

The scheduled task only needs to run in one module.

Global Metrics

Normally, each AppEnigne app's instance sends its own set of metrics at its own pace. This can be a problem, however, if you want to report a metric that only makes sense globally, e.g. the count of certain Datastore entities computed once a minute in a cron job.

Setting such a metric in an individual instance is incorrect, since a cron job will run in a randomly selected instance, and that instance will continue to send the same old value until it's picked by the cron job again. The receiving monitoring endpoint will not be able to tell which metric is the most recent, and by default will try to sum up the values from all the instances, resulting in a wrong value.

A “global” metric is a metric that is not tied to an instance, and is guaranteed to be computed and sent at most once per minute, globally. Here's an example of how to set up a global metric:

from infra_libs import ts_mon

# Override default target fields for app-global metrics.
    'job_name':  '',  # module name
    'hostname': '',  # version
    'task_num':  0,  # instance ID

remaining = ts_mon.GaugeMetric('goats/remaining', '...', None)
in_flight = ts_mon.GaugeMetric('goats/in_flight', '...', None)

def set_global_metrics():
  # Query some global resource, e.g. Datastore
  remaining.set(len(goats_to_teleport()), target_fields=TARGET_FIELDS)
  in_flight.set(len(goats_being_teleported()), target_fields=TARGET_FIELDS)

ts_mon.register_global_metrics([remaining, in_flight])
ts_mon.register_global_metrics_callback('my callback', set_global_metrics)

The registered callback will be called at most once per minute, and only one instance will be running it at a time. A global metric is then cleared the moment it is sent. Thus, global metrics will be sent at the correct intervals, regardless of the number of instances the app is currently running.

Note also the use of target_fields parameter: it overrides the default target fields which would otherwise distinguish the metric per module, version, or instance ID. Using target_fields in regular, “local” metrics is not allowed, as it would result in errors on the monitoring endpoint, and loss of data.