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Today, we’ll walk via putting in and beginning an example of zipkin tracing system on ubuntu / debian / centos linux distributions. Zipkin is a distributed tracing gadget designed to help you acquire timing facts had to troubleshoot latency issues in micro service architectures. It manages each the collection and lookup of this records. its design is based at the google dapper paper. At the end you will be able to Install Zipkin easily.
There are three options of running Zipkin tracing gadget:

  • Java (jar file)
  • Docker Container
  • Run from source

Here we will see the first two options using Java & running in Docker Container.

Install Zipkin Using Docker

First of all we will learn the more easy way to Install Zipkin via Docker. Keep in mind that you’ve installed docker if not, try the below link to learn how to install docker.

How To Install Docker on Ubuntu / Debian / CentOS

Then fire the following command to Install Zipkin after Installing Docker.

 docker run -d -p 9411:9411 openzipkin/zipkin 

Installing Zipkin Using Java

Install java by running

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y default-jdk jq vim

Make sure you’ve installed Java on Debian / Ubuntu

java -version

To install Java on CentOS hit the below command.

sudo yum -y install epel-release
sudo yum install -y java-1.8.0-openjdk java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel jq vim
sudo alternatives --config java

Check the installed version

java -version

After installing the pre-requisites, go to the latest release of Zipkin

curl -SSL https://zipkin.io/quickstart.sh | bash -s

Run the executable to Install Zipkin

java -jar zipkin.jar

Configure Systemd

For your system, create a service for zipkin. Move the jar files to /opt directory

sudo mkdir /opt/zipkin
sudo mv zipkin.jar /opt/zipkin
ls /opt/zipkin

First of all, here create a system group for the user

sudo groupadd -r zipkin
sudo useradd -r -s /bin/false -g zipkin zipkin
sudo chown -R zipkin:zipkin /opt/zipkin

Then create systemd service file.

sudo vim /etc/systemd/system/zipkin.service

Paste the below data into file.

Zipkin System Service
[Unit]
Description=Manage Java service
Documentation=https://zipkin.io/
[Service]
WorkingDirectory=/opt/zipkin
ExecStart=/usr/bin/java -jar zipkin.jar
User=zipkin
Group=zipkin
Type=simple
Restart=on-failure
RestartSec=10
[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Now, set the memory limits as like this

ExecStart=/bin/java -Xms128m -Xmx256m -jar zipkin.jar

Next, reload the daemon to take effect.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Then, start the services again

sudo systemctl start zipkin.service

See the status by typing

sudo systemctl status zipkin.service

Accessing Zipkin

Typr localhost:9411 to access Zipkin dashboard. Here you can add, find and do more action for traces.

Configuring Tracers

Now, its time to configure the Application for instrumentation. See the official documentation.

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