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Get your data in


The best way to get data into Honeycomb is through one of our auto-instrumenting Beelines, or one of the OpenTelemetry SDKs. Both of them provide out-of-the box support for collecting rich events with distributed tracing.

The getting started instructions explain the broad set of instructions for getting started with Honeycomb; this page shows how to use the Beelines and OpenTelemetry SDKs.

Pre-Instrumented System  🔗

If a system is already instrumented with OpenTelemetry, OpenCensus, Zipkin, or Jaeger, check out our support for open standards with OpenTelemetry.

Instrumenting for the First Time  🔗

Honeycomb Beelines and OpenTelemetry are both methods for instrumenting systems in ways that will produce distributed traces. Learn more about choosing between Beelines and OpenTelemetry.

Depending on your choice of languages, a Honeycomb Beeline or an OpenTelemetry instrumentation may be more appropriate for you.

Language Beeline Support OpenTelemetry Support
Go Go Beeline Honeycomb Go Exporter
Ruby Ruby Beeline Proxy through the OpenTelemetry Collector Exporter
Python Python Beeline OpenTelemetry Python Exporter
Java Java Beeline Proxy through the OpenTelemetry Collector Exporter
NodeJS NodeJS Beeline Proxy through the OpenTelemetry Collector Exporter
C# Not available Community Honeycomb OpenTelemetry Exporter

Support for other languages and runtimes (.Net, Rust, C++, Elixir, PHP, and others) is available through one of our many community supported Beelines or by using the OpenTelemetry Collector.

Low-level SDKs  🔗

Honeycomb has an endpoint that accepts raw json events over http. To send events directly as JSON objects, use the events API.

We also have native SDKs, called “LibHoney”, which provide idiomatic methods for sending events to Honeycomb; they do not, however, contain native support for distributed traces or automatic instrumentation.

There are also community-contributed LibHoneys for other languages. Want to create your own SDK? Check out our SDK Spec.

Instrumenting Infrastructure & Ingesting Log files  🔗

While infrastructure usually can’t provide tracing data, its still possible to get rich data into Honeycomb. If you have something in your infrastructure, we have probably already thought about the best way to get events from it into Honeycomb. Check out these integrations, including curling data directly in, tailing a logfile, and Kubernetes support.