Monitoring HTTP Requests with MicroProfile Metrics

A Java EE 8 HttpFilter, configured to map all URLs:

import javax.inject.Inject;
import javax.servlet.FilterChain;
import javax.servlet.ServletException;
import javax.servlet.annotation.WebFilter;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpFilter;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;
import org.eclipse.microprofile.metrics.Meter;
import org.eclipse.microprofile.metrics.MetricRegistry;
import org.eclipse.microprofile.metrics.annotation.RegistryType;

@WebFilter(urlPatterns = "/*")
public class FilterEverything extends HttpFilter {

    @RegistryType(type = MetricRegistry.Type.APPLICATION)
    MetricRegistry registry;

    protected void doFilter(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse res, FilterChain chain) throws IOException, ServletException {
        Meter meter = registry.meter("meter_" + req.getPathInfo());
        chain.doFilter(req, res);


...will generate for the invocation of the PingResource:

public class PingResource {

    public String slow() {
        //heavy lifting
        return "42";

    public String fast() {
        return "21";


...the following prometheus metrics (curl http://localhost:8080/metrics/application):

# TYPE application:/ping/slow counter
application:/ping/slow 1
# TYPE application:/ping/fast counter
application:/ping/fast 1
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/fast_total counter
application:meter_/ping/fast_total 1
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/fast_rate_per_second gauge
application:meter_/ping/fast_rate_per_second 0.044544529211015586
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/fast_one_min_rate_per_second gauge
application:meter_/ping/fast_one_min_rate_per_second 0.155760156614281
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/fast_five_min_rate_per_second gauge
application:meter_/ping/fast_five_min_rate_per_second 0.1902458849001428
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/fast_fifteen_min_rate_per_second gauge
application:meter_/ping/fast_fifteen_min_rate_per_second 0.1966942907643235
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/slow_total counter
application:meter_/ping/slow_total 1
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/slow_rate_per_second gauge
application:meter_/ping/slow_rate_per_second 0.05214608959864638
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/slow_one_min_rate_per_second gauge
application:meter_/ping/slow_one_min_rate_per_second 0.16929634497812282
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/slow_five_min_rate_per_second gauge
application:meter_/ping/slow_five_min_rate_per_second 0.1934432200964012
# TYPE application:meter_/ping/slow_fifteen_min_rate_per_second gauge
application:meter_/ping/slow_fifteen_min_rate_per_second 0.19779007785878447

...also available as JSON (curl -H"Accept: application/json" http://localhost:8080/metrics/application):

    "/ping/slow": 1,
    "/ping/fast": 1,
    "meter_/ping/fast": {
        "count": 1,
        "fiveMinRate": 0.14571471450227858,
        "oneMinRate": 0.04105793151598188,
        "fifteenMinRate": 0.17996489624183667,
        "meanRate": 0.009531711523994577
    "meter_/ping/slow": {
        "count": 1,
        "fiveMinRate": 0.14571471450227858,
        "oneMinRate": 0.04105793151598188,
        "fifteenMinRate": 0.17996489624183667,
        "meanRate": 0.009838528938613995

Project was created with javaee8-essentials-archetype, the 5kB ThinWAR was built and deployed with in 2963ms and tested with Payara 5.

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Hi adam, amazing post. i have a question nonetheless. say i was using bce pattern, what package would house the Filter class? control or boundary?

Posted by Olatunji Oniyide on March 27, 2019 at 08:33 PM CET #

Hi Adam, this is perfect, exactly what I was looking for:) Pure Jakarta/MicroProfile, flexible and still simple.

Posted by Maciej Jedwabny on November 29, 2019 at 09:02 AM CET #

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