OpenTracing Shim

This example shows how to use the opentelemetry-opentracing-shim package to interact with libraries instrumented with opentracing-python.

The included rediscache library creates spans via the OpenTracing Redis integration, redis_opentracing. Spans are exported via the Jaeger exporter, which is attached to the OpenTelemetry tracer.

The source files required to run this example are available here.



Start Jaeger

docker run --rm \
    -p 6831:6831/udp \
    -p 6832:6832/udp \
    -p 16686:16686 \
    jaegertracing/all-in-one:1.13 \


Install Redis following the instructions.

Make sure that the Redis server is running by executing this:


Python Dependencies

Install the Python dependencies in requirements.txt

pip install -r requirements.txt

Alternatively, you can install the Python dependencies separately:

pip install \
    opentelemetry-api \
    opentelemetry-sdk \
    opentelemetry-exporter-jaeger \
    opentelemetry-opentracing-shim \
    redis \

Run the Application

The example script calculates a few Fibonacci numbers and stores the results in Redis. The script, the rediscache library, and the OpenTracing Redis integration all contribute spans to the trace.

To run the script:


After running, you can view the generated trace in the Jaeger UI.

Jaeger UI

Open the Jaeger UI in your browser at http://localhost:16686 and view traces for the “OpenTracing Shim Example” service.

Each run should generate a trace, and each trace should include multiple spans that represent calls to Redis.

Note that tags and logs (OpenTracing) and attributes and events (OpenTelemetry) from both tracing systems appear in the exported trace.