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Optimize your Rust applications with our advanced Rust Profiler. In collaboration with Pyroscope, it offers real-time profiling capabilities, shedding light on the intricacies of your Rust codebase. This integration is invaluable for developers seeking to enhance performance, reduce resource usage, and achieve efficient code execution in Rust applications.

Before you begin

To capture and analyze profiling data, you need either a hosted Pyroscope OSS server or a hosted Pryoscope instance with Grafana Cloud Profiles](/products/cloud/profiles-for-continuous-profiling/) (requires a free Grafana Cloud account).

The Pyroscope server can be a local server for development or a remote server for production use.

Add Rust profiling to your application

Add the pyroscope and pyroscope_pprofrs crates to your Cargo.toml:

cargo add pyroscope
cargo add pyroscope_pprofrs

Configure the Rust client

At a minimum, you need to provide the URL of the Pyroscope server and the name of your application. You also need to configure a profiling backend. For Rust, you can use pprof-rs.

// Configure profiling backend
let pprof_config = PprofConfig::new().sample_rate(100);
let backend_impl = pprof_backend(pprof_config);

// Configure Pyroscope Agent
let agent = PyroscopeAgent::builder("http://localhost:4040", "myapp")

Users of a secured backend will need to provide authentication details. Grafana Cloud uses Basic authentication. Your username is a numeric value which you can get from the “Details Page” for Pyroscope from your stack on On this same page, create a token and use it as the Basic authentication password. The configuration then would look similar to:

fn  main() ->  Result<()> {
std::env::set_var("RUST_LOG", "debug");
let user = std::env::var("USER").unwrap();
let password = std::env::var("PASSWORD").unwrap();
let url = std::env::var("PYROSCOPE_URL").unwrap();
let samplerate = std::env::var("SAMPLE_RATE").unwrap().to_string().parse().unwrap();
let application_name = "example.basic";

let agent = PyroscopeAgent::builder(url, application_name.to_string())
    .basic_auth(user, password).backend(pprof_backend(PprofConfig::new().sample_rate(samplerate)))
    .tags([("app", "Rust"), ("TagB", "ValueB")].to_vec())

You can start profiling by invoking the following code:

let agent_running = agent.start().unwrap();

The agent can be stopped at any point, and it’ll send a last report to the server. The agent can be restarted at a later point.

let agent_ready = agent.stop().unwrap();

It’s recommended to shutdown the agent before exiting the application. A last request to the server might be missed if the agent is not shutdown properly.


Add profiling labels to Rust applications

Tags can be added or removed after the agent is started. As of 0.5.0, the Pyroscope Agent supports tagging within threads. Check the tags and multi-thread examples for detailed usage.

After the agent is started, the tag_wrapper function becomes available. tag_wrapper returns a tuple of functions to add and remove tags to the agent across thread boundaries. This function is available as long as the agent is running and can be called multiple times.

// Start Profiling
let agent_running = agent.start().unwrap();

// Generate Tag Wrapper functions
let (add_tag, remove_tag) = agent_running.tag_wrapper();

// Profiled code (with no tags)

// Add tags to the agent
add_tag("key".to_string(), "value".to_string());

// This portion will be profiled with the specified tag.

// Remove tags from the agent
remove_tag("key".to_string(), "value".to_string());

// Stop the agent
let agent_ready = running_agent.stop();

Rust client configuration options

The agent accepts additional initial parameters:

  • Backend: Profiling backend. For Rust, it’s pprof-rs
  • Sample Rate: Sampling Frequency in Hertz. Default is 100.
  • Tags: Initial tags.
// Configure Profiling backend
let pprof_config = PprofConfig::new().sample_rate(100);
let pprof_backend = Pprof::new(pprof_config);

// Configure Pyroscope Agent
let agent =
PyroscopeAgent::builder("http://localhost:4040", "myapp")
// Profiling backend
// Sample rate
// Tags
.tags(vec![("env", "dev")])
// Create the agent

Technical details

  • Backend: The Pyroscope Agent uses pprof-rs as a backend. As a result, the limitations for pprof-rs also applies. As of 0.5.0, the Pyroscope Agent supports tagging within threads. Check the tags and multi-thread examples for usage.

  • Timer: epoll (for Linux) and kqueue (for macOS) are required for a more precise timer.

  • Shutdown: The Pyroscope Agent might take some time (usually less than 10 seconds) to shutdown properly and drop its threads. For a proper shutdown, it’s recommended that you run the shutdown function before dropping the agent.

  • Relevant Links


Usage examples

  • basic: Minimal configuration example.
  • tags: Example using Tags.
  • async: Example using Async code with Tokio.
  • multi-thread: Example using multiple threads.
  • with-logger: Example with logging to stdout.
  • error: Example with an invalid server address.

Stand-alone examples

  • basic: Simple Rust application that uses the Pyroscope Library.
  • rideshare: A multi-instances web service running on Docker.