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Container aliases and the @container tag

The @container tag is a special tag available in AppOptics that makes it easy to find and filter your containers in the Infrastructure view using whatever identifying attributes works best for you.

Containers can have a large number of identifying attributes–name, IDs, image–. AppOptics provides @container to search across all of them:


This document describes how you can use @container to seamlessly work across all of the labels commonly associated with containers.

How can I set container names?

There are a lot of ways to identify containers, and they're all available as tags we've been able to associate with those containers. This can lead to a number of tags, like container_name, container_id, container_image, and more.

If present, each of the following are fed into @container in AppOptics:

  • Name tag on the container (tag: container_name)
  • Name of the image the container was created from (tag: container_image)
  • Container ID (tag: container_id)

How are container names displayed?

When you're looking for a container or filtering, use @container and it will automatically match on any identifying tag for the underlying container. When it’s time to display an @container value, we pick the "best" one according to our order of precedence (see above). Of course, the underlying tags are still there, so if you specifically want container_id and only that, you can still use it.

When the APM Integrated Experience is enabled, AppOptics shares a common navigation and enhanced feature set with the other integrated experiences' products. How you navigate the product and access its features may vary from these instructions. For more information, go to the APM Integrated Experience documentation.