Java APM with AWS Fargate
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This document details how to install the Java APM Profiler in your Java application running on AWS Fargate.

Stackify supports AWS Fargate by adding our Retrace Container to your AWS Fargate tasks.

aws-fargage-diagram

The configuration is in two parts; adjusting your Dockerfile config to include the appropriate Stackify profiler and then adjusting task/container definition configuration in AWS Fargate. The configuration details are provided below in JSON samples.

Java Application Setup

Dockerfile Configuration

Adjust your Dockerfile to include the Java Profiler.

RUN mkdir -p /stackify-java-apm && \
    cd /stackify-java-apm && \
    wget https://download.stackify.com/stackify-java-apm/stackify-java-apm-latest.tar.gz; tar -zxvf stackify-java-apm-latest.tar.gz; rm stackify-java-apm-latest.tar.gz && \
    ./install.sh

Enabling the Java Agent

Follow Enable the Stackify Java Profiler instructions based on the application server being used.

Note: Adjust the Java Profiler path to: /stackify-java-apm/stackify-java-apm.jar.

Task Configuration

  1. Add the stackify volume to the task definition:
{
  "volumes": [
    {
      "name": "stackify"
    }
  ]
}
  1. Add the stackify-retrace container to the task definition:
{
 "containerDefinitions": [
   {
     "name": "stackify-retrace",
     "image": "stackify/retrace:latest",
     "memoryReservation": "512",
     "essential": true,
     "environment": [
       {
         "name": "STACKIFY_KEY",
         "value": "[YOUR_ACTIVATION_KEY]"
       },
       {
         "name": "STACKIFY_ENV",
         "value": "[YOUR_ENVIRONMENT_NAME]"
       }, 
        {
         "name": "STACKIFY_DEVICE_ALIAS",
         "value": "AWS Fargate"
       }
     ],
     "mountPoints": [
       {
         "sourceVolume": "stackify",
         "containerPath": "/var/stackify"
       }
     ]
   }
 ]
}

Note: Replace [YOUR_ACTIVATION_KEY] and [YOUR_ENVIRONMENT_NAME].

  1. Add stackify mount points to your application container definition:
{
  "containerDefinitions": [
    {
      "mountPoints": [
        {
          "sourceVolume": "stackify",
          "containerPath": "/usr/local/stackify"
        }
      ]
    }
  ]
}

Verify

Start up your Java application task and make requests. You can then verify results in the Retrace dashboard.

Server Metrics Notice
Server metrics are not provided with AWS Fargate. A server named AWS Fargate will be created but will not contain metrics.
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