express-hot-shots

Statsd route monitoring middleware for connect/express

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express-hot-shots
StatsD route monitoring middleware for Connect/Express. This middleware can be used either globally or on a per-route basis (preferred) and sends status codes and response times to StatsD.
Forked from uber/express-statsd for usage in Spectrum.

Installation

npm install express-hot-shots

Usage

An example of an express server with express-hot-shots:
var express = require('express');
var statsd = require('express-hot-shots');
var app = express();

app.use(statsd());

app.get('/', function (req, res) {
  res.send('Hello World!');
});

app.listen(3000);

By default, the middleware will send status_code and response_time stats for all requests. For example, using the created server above and a request to http://localhost:3000/, the following stats will be sent:
status_code.200:1|c
response_time:100|ms

Per route example

However, it's highly recommended that you set req.statsdKey which will be used to namespace the stats. Be aware that stats will only be logged once a response has been sent; this means that req.statsdKey can be set even after the express-hot-shots middleware was added to the chain. Here's an example of a server set up with a more specific key:
var express = require('express');
var expressStatsd = require('express-hot-shots');
var app = express();

function statsd (path) {
  return function (req, res, next) {
    var method = req.method || 'unknown_method';
    req.statsdKey = ['http', method.toLowerCase(), path].join('.');
    next();
  };
}

app.use(expressStatsd());

app.get('/', statsd('home'), function (req, res) {
  res.send('Hello World!');
});

app.listen(3000);

A GET request to / on this server would produce the following stats:
http.get.home.status_code.200:1|c
http.get.home.response_time:100|ms

Tags

You can set the tags of the metrics with the req.statsdTags property.
function statsd (path) {
  return function (req, res, next) {
    var method = req.method || 'unknown_method';
    req.statsdKey = ['http', method.toLowerCase(), path].join('.');
    req.statsdTags = {
      server: process.env.SERVER_NAME,
    }
    next();
  };
}

These will be sent with both the response time and status code metrics.

Plain http example

This module also works with any http server
var http = require('http');
var expressStatsd = require('express-hot-shots');

var monitorRequest = expressStatsd();

http.createServer(function (req, res) {
    monitorRequest(req, res);

    // do whatever you want, framework, library, router
    res.end('hello world');
}).listen(3000);

Options

expressStatsd(options);

  • options Object - Container for settings
- client HotShots instance - a custom hot shots instance - hotShots Object - The hotShots options if you don't want to provide your own instance - requestKey String - The key on the req object at which to grab the key for the statsd logs. Defaults to req.statsdKey.