Monitoring Go Redis Performance and Errors

What is OpenTelemetry?

OpenTelemetryopen in new window is an open-source observability framework for distributed tracingopen in new window (including logs and errors) and metricsopen in new window.

Otel allows developers to collect and export telemetry data in a vendor agnostic way. With OpenTelemetry, you can instrument your application once and then add or change vendors without changing the instrumentation, for example, here is a list popular DataDog alternativesopen in new window that support OpenTelemetry.

OpenTelemetry is available for most programming languages and provides interoperability across different languages and environments.

OpenTelemetry instrumentation

go-redis comes with an OpenTelemetry instrumentation called redisotelopen in new window that is distributed as a separate module:

go get

To instrument Redis client, you need to add the hook provided by redisotel:

import (

rdb := redis.NewClient(&redis.Options{...})


For Redis Cluster and Ring you need to instrument each node separately:

rdb := redis.NewClusterClient(&redis.ClusterOptions{
    // ...

    NewClient: func(opt *redis.Options) *redis.Client {
        node := redis.NewClient(opt)
        return node


To make tracing work, you must pass the active trace contextopen in new window to go-redis commands, for example:

ctx := req.Context()
val, err := rdb.Get(ctx, "key").Result()


Uptrace is an open source APM tool with an intuitive query builder, rich dashboards, automatic alerts, and integrations for most languages and frameworks.

You can install Uptraceopen in new window by downloading a DEB/RPM package or a pre-compiled binary.

As expected, redisotel creates spansopen in new window for processed Redis commands and records any errors as they occur. Here is how the collected information is displayed:

Redis trace

You can find a runnable example at GitHubopen in new window.


You can send OpenTelemetry metrics to Prometheus using OpenTelemetry Prometheus exporteropen in new window.

Monitoring Redis Server performance

In addition to monitoring go-redis client, you can also monitor Redis Server performanceopen in new window using OpenTelemetry Collector Agent.

See also