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Monitoring Dashboard

In this guide, you'll learn how to use the monitoring dashboard to visualize the call history and performance of applications in DBOS Cloud.

Preliminaries

In order to launch the dashboard you must first deploy an application, as described in quickstart. Having done so, from your application directory, run:

npx dbos-cloud dashboard launch

This command will output the URL of your dashboard. Log in with the same credentials you used to register your app.

tip

You only need to run the "launch" command once after user registration. The dashboard will automatically display data for new apps as they are added. If you accidentally run the "launch" command again, log out of the dashboard and log back in to continue using it.

If you forget your dashboard URL you can retrieve it with:

npx dbos-cloud dashboard url

Exploring Your Dashboard

In the top-right corner, the dashboard provides a time selector, defaulting to the last hour. You can change this setting to navigate to a different window of time. All of the panels are filtered for the selected time interval. Time picker

Under the time selector you can find time series for the counts of logs and traces generated by your applications, summarized for every second. These two panes have a matched time axis. You can click and drag across an interesting region in the series to "zoom in". Series

This will update the time selector and, therefore, all other panels. You can then use the time selector to "zoom back out" or use the < and > buttons to move backwards and forwards in time.

In rare cases, log and trace data for Free Tier DBOS applications can be discarded due to service outages or resource constraints. The discarded data cannot be displayed, but the number of discarded logs and traces is tracked and appears in the above timeseries as red data points.

On the left side, the dashboard provides a log view with entries generated by your applications arranged chronologically. The pane displays up to 1,000 most recent log records in the selected time period. Log records are color coded by severity level. Special entries for application lifetime events are colored grey and labeled as [APP REGISTER], [APP DEPLOY] and so on. These are generated by DBOS Cloud automatically and not shown in the summarized log counts. You can click on a log record to browse additional metadata. In the example below, we see logs for an example app first getting registered, then undergoing schema migration, then getting deployed: Logs

On the bottom of the dashboard, there is a table of trace calls. These are captured handler, workflow, transaction and communicator invocation events, each timestamped and decorated with duration in milliseconds.

Filtering

In the top-right corner of the app, there are filtering selectors: Filters

  1. you can pull-down to select a single Application Name to display. Other applications' data will be filtered out.
  2. you can copy-paste a specific Trace ID to only view logs and traces for that Trace. To clear the field, erase the text and press "return."
  3. similar to Trace ID you can copy-paste a specific Workflow UUID to filter by that. It is cleared the same way as Trace ID.
tip

When turning on these filters, the time window filter also still applies. You may see more data for your selection if you "zoom out" in time. Also note that the Application Name choices are set once when you open the dashboard. To refresh the choices for a new app, simply reload your browser.

For much faster filtering, you can set the Trace ID or Workflow UUID simply by clicking on the respective value in the bottom traces table. For Workflow UUID you can also open the selected workflow in the debugger. Click once to see the choices and confirm with another click: Traces

Time Travel Debugging

As per the previous section, clicking on a value in the Workflow UUID column allows you to filter your view to a single workflow execution or to execute the selected workflow in the Time Travel Debugger. Please see the Time Travel Debugger Tutorial for more information

Debug this workflow menu