Grafana Tempo

Grafana Tempo is an open source, easy-to-use and high-scale distributed tracing backend. Tempo is cost-efficient, requiring only object storage to operate, and is deeply integrated with Grafana, Prometheus, and Loki. Tempo can be used with any of the open source tracing protocols, including Jaeger, Zipkin, and OpenTelemetry.

The Tempo project was started at Grafana Labs in 2020 and announced in October at Grafana ObservabilityCON. Tempo is released under the AGPLv3 license.

Grafana Labs is proud to lead the development of the Tempo project, building first-class support for Tempo into Grafana, and ensuring Grafana Labs customers receive Tempo support and features they need.

Sign up for Grafana ObservabilityCON 2021 (Nov 8-10) to attend expert-led sessions on observability and the Grafana Stack, including the latest on Tempo and how to get started with distributed tracing.



Annanay Agarwal

Annanay Agarwal

Software Engineer

Joe Elliott

Joe Elliott

Principal Software Engineer

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Products and Services

Grafana Cloud: Tracing

  • Grafana Agent provides support for Tempo, using the same service discovery as Prometheus and Loki
  • Significantly more performance and cost-effective — no more sampling
  • Drastically easier to operate — no Cassandra, Elastic etc.
  • OpenTelemetry, Zipkin and Jaeger compatible
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