The Node.js Library is distributed as the npm package
solarwinds-apm. Install the package, require it in your application, and automatically get visibility into the frameworks and components used by your application.
Before you start
Verify the following to ensure the library can collect and transmit data:
The platform where your APM library will be installed is supported.
Your application components are supported by the library.
Your firewall configuration permits TCP/HTTPS/TLS outbound connections to
xx-yyis determined by the URL you use to access SolarWinds Observability, see Data centers and endpoint URIs) using port
443. See Firewall or access control requirements.
If your firewall or access control requirements do not allow such connections, configure the library to send data through a proxy.
Do not run other APM libraries alongside the SolarWinds Observability Node.js Library. Remove other APM libraries from your Node.js application before using the SolarWinds Observability Node.js Library.
The library requires a C++ addon package called
Our C++ addon currently supports Linux only. The library can be installed on other platforms such as OS X but will run in "no-op" mode where it does not emit trace data or metrics.
The C++ addon is compiled into a binary with system and Node.js version dependencies, so the installed library package on one platform cannot just be copied onto a different platform; instead, the library must be installed specifically on each different platform.
The library can be installed via the standard
npm command, for example:
npm install --save solarwinds-apm
You may need to use npm's
--unsafe-perm option to work around the "cannot run in wd" error when npm install is run as the root user (which may be the default in a docker container). For example:
npm install --unsafe-perm --save solarwinds-apm
The library requires a service key to connect to your account, and must be required into your application code.
The library requires a service key to connect to your account. This is set via the
SW_APM_SERVICE_KEY environment variable or the
serviceKey config file property. When using the environment variable, make sure it is available in the environment where your application is running:
A service key is composed of an API token with write permissions and the name of the service you're installing on. Our onboarding flow provides the full service key, or check the API Tokens page to grab a token and fill the service name yourself.
To load the library into your application use one of the two following methods:
solarwinds-apmin your application start command (run time). This is the recommended method.
node -r solarwinds-apm <app.js>
Require solarwinds-apm in your entry point file before any other
require()calls (build time).
// must be first require require('solarwinds-apm') const express = require('express') const app = express() app.get('/', (req, res) => res.send('Hello World!')) app.listen(3000, () => console.log('Example app listening on port 3000!'))
You can find more troubleshooting information in the Installation warning section of the library README file.
Make sure your application entry point file no longer requires solarwinds-apm, and then uninstall it with:
npm uninstall --save solarwinds-apm
Deploying applications with the SolarWinds Observability Node.js Library to Azure App Service on Linux has been tested using the vscode's Azure App Service extension, the azure CLI client "az", and the local git repository method. No special processing is required, but make sure that you don't change the default which is that the build is done by the deployment engine.
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