Prometheus integration for aiohttp framework.

aiohttp, prometheus, python36, python37
pip install hr-prometheus==0.2.0



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Prometheus integration for aiohttp projects.

hr-prometheus adds support for providing aiohttp applications metrics to prometheus. It is implemented as a aiohttp middleware.

Currently, it exports the following metrics via the /metrics endpoint by default:

  • request_latency: Elapsed time per request in seconds.
    • Labels exported: method (HTTP method), path
  • request_count: Number of requests received.
    • Labels exported: method (HTTP method), path, status (HTTP status)
  • requests_in_progress: In progress requests.
    • Labels exported: method (HTTP method), path

Default request behaviour can be modified by passing a custom RequestMonitor to the middleware. You can find out how to do it in advanced section.


pip install hr-prometheus


Briefly, the following is all you need to do to measure and export prometheus metrics from your aiohttp web application:

from aiohttp import web
from hr_prometheus import hrprometheus_middleware, hrprometheus_view

app = web.Application()
app.router.add_get("/metrics", hrprometheus_view)

Advanced usage

Custom monitors

To modify the default behavior you simply need to create a new monitor that inherits from the BaseRequestMonitor and pass the class to the middleware.

This class provides two public methods. update_init_metrics and update_end_metrics. These methods are executed at the beginning and end of a request respectively. Simply add the metrics you want at each point.

Here's an example taken from the default monitor.

from aiohttp import web
from hr_prometheus import hrprometheus_middleware, hrprometheus_view
from hr_prometheus.monitors import BaseRequestMonitor

class RequestMonitor(BaseRequestMonitor):
    REQUEST_COUNT = Counter(
        "request_count", "Number of requests received", ["method", "path", "status"]
    REQUEST_LATENCY = Histogram(
        "request_latency", "Elapsed time per request", ["method", "path"]
        "requests_in_progress", "Requests in progress", ["method", "path"]

    def update_init_metrics(self):

    def update_end_metrics(self):
        resp_time = time.time() - self.init_time
        self.REQUEST_COUNT.labels(*self.request_description, self.response_status).inc()

app = web.Application()
app.router.add_get("/metrics", hrprometheus_view)

Grouping dynamic routes

In aiohttp you may define dynamic routes by parametrizing the route path (e.g. /v1/resource/{resource_id}). If you are interested in grouping the different values for a given parameter under the same metrics you can do so by specifying the fixed parameters for a named route to the request monitor (you can do so trhough the middleware for convinience).

Here is an example of an api returning neighbouring cells from a matrix

from aiohttp import web
from hr_prometheus import hrprometheus_middleware
from my_project.views import get_cell_neighbour_view

middleware = hrprometheus_middleware(fixed_routes_parameter={"get_cell_neighbour": ["cell_id"]})
app = web.Application(middlewares=[middleware])
app.add_route("GET", "/cell_neighbour/{cell_id}/direction/{direction}", get_cell_neighbour_view, name="get_cell_neighbour")

This way requests with path /cell_neighbour/1948/direction/north and /cell_neighbour/874/direction/north are both collapsed into "/cell_neighbour/{cell_id}/direction/north"

This is especially useful when you have a wide range of possible values for a path parameter and you are only interested in the overall monitoring, thus avoiding metrics namespace pollution.