Set Up

With performance monitoring, Sentry tracks your software performance, measuring metrics like throughput and latency, and displaying the impact of errors across multiple systems. Sentry captures distributed traces consisting of transactions and spans, which measure individual services and individual operations within those services. Learn more about our model in Distributed Tracing.

Enable Tracing

Install the tracing package:

# Using yarn
yarn add @sentry/tracing

# Using npm
npm install @sentry/tracing

Configure the Sample Rate

Once you configure the sample rate, tracing will be enabled in your app. Set the sample rate for your transactions by either:

  1. Setting a uniform sample rate for all transactions using the tracesSampleRate option in your SDK config to a number between 0 and 1. (For example, to send 20% of transactions, set tracesSampleRate to 0.2.)
  2. Controlling the sample rate based on the transaction itself and the context in which it's captured, by providing a function to the tracesSampler config option.

The two options are meant to be mutually exclusive. If you set both, tracesSampler will take precedence.

// If you're using one of our integration packages, like `@sentry/react` or
// `@sentry/angular`, substitute its name for `@sentry/browser` here
import * as Sentry from "@sentry/browser";

// If taking advantage of included instrumentation (highly recommended)
import { Integrations as TracingIntegrations } from "@sentry/tracing";
// Or, if only manually tracing
// import * as _ from "@sentry/tracing"
// Note: You MUST import the package in some way for tracing to work

  dsn: "",

  // This enables included instrumentation (highly recommended), but is not
  // necessary for purely manual usage
  integrations: [new TracingIntegrations.BrowserTracing()],

  // To set a uniform sample rate
  tracesSampleRate: 0.2

  // Alternatively, to control sampling dynamically
  tracesSampler: samplingContext => { ... }

Learn more about how the options work in Sampling Transactions.


Verify that performance monitoring is working correctly by setting tracesSampleRate to 1.0 as that ensures that every transaction will be sent to Sentry.

Once testing is complete, we recommend lowering this value in production by either lowering your tracesSampleRate value, or switching to using tracesSampler to dynamically sample and filter your transactions.

Leaving the sample rate at 1.0 means that included instrumentation will send a transaction each time a user loads any page or navigates anywhere in your app, which is a lot of transactions. Sampling enables representative data without overwhelming either your system or your Sentry transaction quota.

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