Open source

Example setups

You can use Grafana Cloud to avoid installing, maintaining, and scaling your own instance of Grafana Tempo. Create a free account to get started, which includes free forever access to 10k metrics, 50GB logs, 50GB traces, 500VUh k6 testing & more.

The following examples show various deployment and configuration options using trace generators so you can get started experimenting with Tempo without an existing application.

For more information about Tempo setup and configuration, see:

If you are interested in instrumentation, see Tempo instrumentation.

Docker Compose

The docker-compose examples are simpler and designed to show minimal configuration.

Some of the examples include:

  • Trace discovery with Loki
  • Basic Grafana Agent/OpenTelemetry Setup
  • Various Backends (S3/GCS/Azure)
  • K6 with Traces

This is a great place to get started with Tempo and learn about various trace discovery flows.


To view an example of a complete microservice-based deployment, this Jsonnet based example shows a complete microservice based deployment. There are monolithic mode and microservices examples.

To learn how to set up a Tempo cluster, see Deploy on Kubernetes with Tanka.


The Helm example shows a complete microservice based deployment. There are monolithic mode and microservices examples.

To install Tempo on Kubernetes, use the Deploy on Kubernetes using Helm procedure.

The New Stack demo

The New Stack (TNS) demo demonstrates a fully instrumented three-tier application and the integration of Grafana, Prometheus, Loki, and Tempo features, including metrics to traces (exemplars), logs to traces, and traces to logs.

To learn how to set up a TNS app, see Set up a test application for a Tempo cluster.

A good place to start is the docker-compose setup which includes a pre-built dashboard, load generator, and exemplars.


  • Metrics To Traces (Exemplars)
    • The weaveworks middleware automatically records request latency with an exemplar. Try running the following PromQL query in Grafana Explore and enabling the exemplars switch. It shows the p50 request latency for the “app” container: histogram_quantile(0.5, sum(rate(tns_request_duration_seconds_bucket{job="tns/app"}[$__rate_interval])) by (le)). Click the exemplar to see the trace.
  • LogqlV2 and Logs to Traces
    • The http client logs inter-service http requests in logfmt format, which enables the ability to perform complex queries over api traffic. Try running the following query which shows all failed api requests from app to db and took longer than 100ms: {job="tns/app"} | logfmt | level="info" and status>=500 and status <=599 and duration > 100ms. Expand the log line and click the Tempo button near the trace ID to see the trace.
  • Traces To Logs
    • When viewing only a trace in the Explore view (i.e. not side-by-side with logs), the Logs icon will appear next to each span. Click it to view the matching logs.
  • Status
    • Exemplar support in Prometheus is still pre-release so a custom image is used, and the feature is enabled with the --enable-feature=exemplar-storage command line parameter.