OpenTelemetry Falcon Instrumentation

This library builds on the OpenTelemetry WSGI middleware to track web requests in Falcon applications. In addition to opentelemetry-instrumentation-wsgi, it supports falcon-specific features such as:

  • The Falcon resource and method name is used as the Span name.

  • The falcon.resource Span attribute is set so the matched resource.

  • Error from Falcon resources are properly caught and recorded.


Exclude lists

To exclude certain URLs from being tracked, set the environment variable OTEL_PYTHON_FALCON_EXCLUDED_URLS (or OTEL_PYTHON_EXCLUDED_URLS as fallback) with comma delimited regexes representing which URLs to exclude.

For example,

export OTEL_PYTHON_FALCON_EXCLUDED_URLS="client/.*/info,healthcheck"

will exclude requests such as https://site/client/123/info and https://site/xyz/healthcheck.

Request attributes

To extract certain attributes from Falcon’s request object and use them as span attributes, set the environment variable OTEL_PYTHON_FALCON_TRACED_REQUEST_ATTRS to a comma delimited list of request attribute names.

For example,

export OTEL_PYTHON_FALCON_TRACED_REQUEST_ATTRS='query_string,uri_template'

will extract query_string and uri_template attributes from every traced request and add them as span attritbues.

Falcon Request object reference:


from falcon import API
from opentelemetry.instrumentation.falcon import FalconInstrumentor


app = falcon.API()

class HelloWorldResource(object):
    def on_get(self, req, resp):
        resp.body = 'Hello World'

app.add_route('/hello', HelloWorldResource())

Request and Response hooks

The instrumentation supports specifying request and response hooks. These are functions that get called back by the instrumentation right after a Span is created for a request and right before the span is finished while processing a response. The hooks can be configured as follows:

def request_hook(span, req):

def response_hook(span, req, resp):

FalconInstrumentation().instrument(request_hook=request_hook, response_hook=response_hook)


class opentelemetry.instrumentation.falcon.FalconInstrumentor(*args, **kwargs)[source]

Bases: opentelemetry.instrumentation.instrumentor.BaseInstrumentor

An instrumentor for falcon.API

See BaseInstrumentor


Return a list of python packages with versions that the will be instrumented.

The format should be the same as used in requirements.txt or

For example, if an instrumentation instruments requests 1.x, this method should look like:

def instrumentation_dependencies(self) -> Collection[str]:

return [‘requests ~= 1.0’]

This will ensure that the instrumentation will only be used when the specified library is present in the environment.

Return type