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AWS Elastic Beanstalk AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Last Updated: Dec. 21, 2023


In the realm of cloud computing, AWS offers Elastic Beanstalk, a robust Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution. Seamlessly aligning with this, Coralogix stands out by facilitating the effortless transportation of application traces and host metrics. This is achieved through adept utilization of the OpenTelemetry Collector and language-specific implementations of OpenTelemetry agents.

This tutorial demonstrates how to instrument a Java application running on the Tomcat platform within an Elastic Beanstalk environment.


Elastic Beanstalk Environment

Create a Beanstalk environment for a supported platform of your choice.

Sample App

Download and unzip a sample Java application tomcat.zip.

Instrument Java App

Elastic Beanstalk offers multiple ways to configure your environment’s behavior and the resources that it contains. We recommend creating the configuration files in the .ebextensions folder when setting up the OpenTelemetry Collector and Java Agent configurations.

STEP 1. Open the unzipped Java application folder in Visual Studio Code.

STEP 2. Create a folder named .ebextensions at the root of the application source bundle and add the config and config.yaml files listed below.

STEP 3. Create the 01_collector.config file with the following content.


  • All configuration files must end with .config.
  • The number prefix of a file indicates the execution sequence. Script 01_ is executed first, then 02_ and 03_. This script does two things:
    • Downloads an OTEL collector v0.89 into Amazon Linux 2 node (the default EC2 instance used by Beanstalk).
    • Installs otelcol-contrib. The service will automatically start with a default config.yaml under the folder /etc/otelcol-contrib.
    command: sudo wget -O /opt/otelcol-contrib.rpm <https://github.com/open-telemetry/opentelemetry-collector-releases/releases/download/v0.89.0/otelcol-contrib_0.89.0_linux_amd64.rpm>

    command: sudo rpm -U /opt/otelcol-contrib.rpm
    ignoreErrors: true

STEP 4. Create a config.yaml file with the following content. Substitute private_key with your Send-Your-Data API key and domain with your Coralogix domain.

    collection_interval: 30s
    - key: cx.application.name
      value: otel-collector
      action: upsert
    - key: cx.subsystem.name
      value: collector-java
      action: upsert
    detectors: [env, ec2]
    timeout: 5s
    override: true
    decision_wait: 10s 
    expected_new_traces_per_sec: 1000
            name: percent-sample-policy,
            type: probabilistic,
            probabilistic: {sampling_percentage: 100}
          name: errors-policy,
          type: status_code,
          status_code: { status_codes: [ERROR] }
    timeout: 5s
    send_batch_size: 256

    timeout: "30s"
    private_key: <your-send-your-data-api-key>
    domain: <your-cx-domain>
    application_name: elastic-java
    subsystem_name: java-api
    #  - "cloud.region"
    #  - "host.name"

      receivers: [otlp]
      processors: [resourcedetection, resource, batch]
      exporters: [coralogix]
      receivers: [otlp]
      processors: [resourcedetection, resource, tail_sampling, batch]
      exporters: [coralogix]
      receivers: [otlp, hostmetrics]
      processors: [resourcedetection, resource, batch]
      exporters: [coralogix]

STEP 5. Create a file called 02_agent.config with the following content.

This script:

  • Replaces the config.yaml file in the /etc/otelcol-contrib with the file in the .ebextensions folder.
  • Downloads the OTEL Java agent and places it in the /opt folder.
  • Changes permission of the JAR file.
  • Sets the JVM options.
  • Sets the otel.resource.attributes and otel.service.name environment variables.
    command: "yes | cp .ebextensions/config.yaml /etc/otelcol-contrib/config.yaml"
    command: sudo wget -O /opt/otel-agent.jar <https://github.com/open-telemetry/opentelemetry-java-instrumentation/releases/latest/download/opentelemetry-javaagent.jar>

    command: sudo chmod a+rwx /opt/otel-agent.jar

  - namespace: aws:elasticbeanstalk:container:tomcat:jvmoptions
    option_name: 'JVM Options'
    value: -javaagent:/opt/otel-agent.jar 

  - namespace: aws:elasticbeanstalk:application:environment
    option_name: otel.resource.attributes
    value: application.name=elastic-java,api.name=java-api,cx.application.name=elastic-java,cx.subsystem.name=java-api
  - namespace: aws:elasticbeanstalk:application:environment
    option_name: otel.service.name
    value: otel-collector

STEP 6. Create a file called 03_restart.config with the following content.

This script restarts the otelcol-contrib service using a new config.yaml file.

    command: sudo systemctl restart otelcol-contrib

STEP 7. When all the configurations required are completed, open a terminal and zip your application code at the root of the source bundle.

This command will create a tomcat-v1.zip and exclude any MACOS specific files.

Note: Do not use compress to zip from the Finder/Explore.

zip -r tomcat-v1.zip . -x '**/.*' -x '**/__MACOSX'

STEP 8. Deploy a new version of an application onto your Elastic Beanstalk environment.


  • The attached zip file contains all of the relevant changes under the Instrument Java App section.
  • Download the zip file, extract, and specify the correct Coralogix private_key and the domain in the config.yaml file, zip it again, and deploy.


Validation & Testing

STEP 1. Log in to the AWS console and navigate to your Elastic Beanstalk environment. Click on Domain link to validate the Java application you deployed is running.

STEP 2. A Congratulations message should appear on the screen. Refresh the screen a few times to generate traces. Elastic Beanstalk runs a health check by periodically hitting this endpoint, so you will see additional traces.

STEP 3. Log in to your Coralogix account. Navigate to Explore > Tracing to view the traces.

STEP 4. Deploy the Grafana dashboard for the host metrics to validate that the metrics are flowing into Coralogix. Go to the Grafana dashboard repo and copy the contents of the host_otel_metrics.json file.

STEP 5. Navigate to Grafana > Dashboard > Manage. Click the Import button, paste the JSON file content, and then hit Load and Import. This will create a host metrics dashboard.


STEP 1. Navigate to Elastic Beanstalk > Environments > Your-Environment-Name > Configuration in your AWS console. From the main panel, navigate to the Updates, monitoring, and logging section. You should see the JVM options and the OTEL environment variables that were set in the 02_agent.config script.

STEP 2. If the configuration looks good but you are not seeing the data, then SSH into an EC2 instance where OTEL Collector and Java agent are installed and validate that:

  • The Java agent is installed in the /opt/otel-agent.jar
  • The OTEL collector is installed in /etc/otelcol-contrib
  • config.yaml is correctly copied into /etc/otelcol-contrib and the private_key and domain are set correctly.
  • The otelcol-contrib service is running by issuing the following command:
sudo systemctl status otelcol-contrib
  • If otelcol-contrib is not running, issue the following command to check the log to identify an issue and fix it, and then restart the service.
journalctl -n 100 | grep otelcol

Additional Resources


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