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Open source


In March 2023, Grafana Labs acquired Pyroscope, the company behind the eponymous open source continuous profiling project. As a result, the Pyroscope and Grafana Phlare projects will be merged under the new name Grafana Pyroscope. To learn more, read our recent blog post about the news.

To our knowledge there is currently no Rust crate implementing generic profiling handlers for pprof endpoints in Rust applications.

There is though the pprof-rs crate implementing CPU profiling using the pprof format. It is used for TiKV and we are also using an example implemented by this crate.

Note: In order to be able to receive profiles, it was important to build the Rust binaries including debug infos and to link the binaries using glibc.

Example application

The Rust example application has implemented an HTTP handler using the following code snippet. The handler creates a CPU profile for the given time in seconds and returns the pprof file with gzip compression.

fn pprof_handler(request: Request<Body>) -> Response<Body> {
    let mut duration = time::Duration::from_secs(2);
    if let Some(query) = request.uri().query() {
        for (k, v) in form_urlencoded::parse(query.as_bytes()) {
            if k == "seconds" {
                duration = time::Duration::from_secs(v.parse::<u64>().unwrap());

    let guard = pprof::ProfilerGuard::new(1_000_000).unwrap();

    // wait for profile to be completed

    let mut body = Vec::new();
    if let Ok(report) = {
        let profile = report.pprof().unwrap();
        profile.write_to_vec(&mut body).unwrap();

    // gzip profile
    let mut encoder = Encoder::new(Vec::new()).unwrap();
    io::copy(&mut &body[..], &mut encoder).unwrap();
    let gzip_body = encoder.finish().into_result().unwrap();

        .header(CONTENT_LENGTH, gzip_body.len() as u64)
        .header(CONTENT_TYPE, "application/octet-stream")

To test the handlers you can use the pprof CLI tool:

# Profile the cpu for 5 seconds
pprof -http :3000 ""